The European Chemicals Agency has included four more substances on its REACH candidate list of SVHCs, which now contains 205 chemicals.
The list is comprised of substances that may have serious effects on human health or the environment and which are candidates for eventual inclusion on the authorisation list (Annex XIV). If companies wish to continue using substances on the candidate list after the sunset date, they will need to apply for permission.
The new additions to the list, reasons for inclusion and their uses are:
- diisohexyl phthalate, which is not registered under REACH, is toxic for reproduction;
- 2-benzyl-2-dimethylamino-4′-morpholinobutyrophenone, and 2-methyl-1-(4-methylthiophenyl)-2-morpholinopropan-1-one: are also both reprotoxins and used in polymer production; and
- perfluorobutane sulfonic acid (PFBS) and its salts: equivalent level of concern having probable serious effects on the environment and human health. PFBS is used as either a catalyst, additive or reactant in polymer manufacture and in chemical synthesis. It is also used as a flame retardant in polycarbonate (for electronic equipment).
The decision to include PFBS and its salts was taken with the involvement of Echa’s Member State Committee. It is the second SVHC to feature environmental mobility, the first being GenX chemicals 2,3,3,3-tetrafluoro-2-(heptafluoropropoxy)propionic acid (HFPO-DA), its salts and acyl halides.