After unanimous agreement, ECHA, the European Chemicals Agency, has added eight chemical substances to the Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) for Authorization. This brings the total number of substances of very highly concern under REACH regulation to 46.
The eight additional Substances of Very High Concern or SVHCs are:
• Cobalt (II) sulphate
• Cobalt (II) dinitrate
• Cobalt (II) carbonate
• Cobalt (II) diacetate
• Chromium trioxide
• Chromic acid, dichromic acid, chromium trioxide, and oligomers of chromic acid and dichromic acid
The eight substances are identified as carcinogenic, mutagenic, and/or reprotoxic in accordance with REACH Articles 57 (a), (b), and (c).
ECHA’s website lists the legal obligations that may apply to companies that manufacture, import, or use these substances on the SVHC list, whether used alone or in mixtures and articles.