REACH CHEMICALS LIST OF 197 SVHC

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) added six new REACH chemicals to the SVHC List of Substances of Very High Concern on January 15th, 2019.

REACH Chemicals - Applications, Health Hazards, and Environmental Concerns

Below is a table describing the six substances new to REACH 197 SVHCs:

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Substance Name

CAS #

Where used

Health and Environmental Concerns

1,7,7-trimethyl-3-(phenylmethylene)bicyclo[2.2.1]heptan-2-one; 3-benzylidene camphor; 3-BC

15087-24-8

Used as a UV filter in personal care products and cosmetics

  • Reprotoxic (damages fertility and unborn child)
  • Disrupts endocrine (increased or decreased production of hormones, early puberty, obesity, inhibited immune function, etc.)
  • Bioaccumulative

2,2-bis(4′-hydroxyphenyl)-4-methylpentane; BisP-MIBK

6807-17-6

  • In thermal paper, like receipts
  • Possible traces in plastics and epoxy resins
  • Reprotoxic
  • Causes serious eye irritation
  • Causes acute and long-term damage to aquatic environments

Benzo[k]fluoranthene

207-08-9

May be present in traces in:

  • Rubber and plastics
  • Carbon black
  • Coatings
  • Adhesives
  • Road & construction applications; and
  • Cleaning agents.
  • ·       Carcinogenic (cancer-causing)
  • ·       Persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT)
  • ·       Very Persistent and very Bio-accumulative (vPvB)
  • Is a Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH)

Fluoranthene

206-44-0; 93951-69-0

May also be found in traces in:

  • Rubber and plastics
  • Carbon black
  • Coatings
  • Adhesives
  • Road & construction applications; and
  • Cleaning agents.
  • Harmful if swallowed
  • Causes acute and long-term damage to aquatic environments
  • Persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT)
  • Very Persistent and very Bio-accumulative (vPvB)
  • Is a PAH

Phenanthrene

85-01-8

May be found in:

  • Dyes
  • Pesticides
  • Explosives; and
  • Drugs.

In addition, it may be present in traces in:

  • Plastics
  • Coatings 
  • Paints
  • Road & construction applications
  • Lubricants; and
  • Cleaning agents.
  • Harmful if swallowed
  • Causes irritation to the skin and respiratory tract
  • Causes acute and long-term damage to aquatic environments
  • Very Persistent and very Bio-accumulative (vPvB)
  • Is a PAH

Pyrene

129-00-0, 1718-52-1

May be present in traces in:

  • Rubber and plastics
  • Coatings 
  • Paints
  • Road & construction applications
  • Lubricants; and
  • Cleaning agents.
  • Causes irritation to eyes, skin, and respiratory tract
  • Causes acute and long-term damage to aquatic environments
  • Persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT)
  • Very Persistent and very Bio-accumulative (vPvB)
  • Is a PAH

Consequently, these new additions brought the REACH chemicals list to 197 SVHC.

SCIP Notification of REACH Chemicals

Finally, producers and importers must report on the SCIP database any SVHC REACH chemicals above 0.1% by weight of a component. This SCIP notification tutorial can help you getting the SCIP declaration number of your products.

REACH Chemicals SVHC SCIP

What are the PAHs REACH Chemicals?

First, PAHs stands for Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons. Especially, four of the six substances newly added to the 197 REACH SVHC candidate list are PAHs. Specifically, these substances are:

  • Benzo[k]fluoranthene
  • Fluoranthene
  • Phenanthrene; and
  • Pyrene
PAH REACH Chemicals

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are a category of toxic chemicals.

They arise by burning:

  • Gasoline
  • Coal
  • Crude oil
  • Garbage
  • Tobacco; and
  • Wood

PAHs can bind to tiny particles in the air. Unfortunately, being exposed in large amounts can irritate the eyes and respiratory tract, damage the liver, and cause cancer.

How Are People Exposed to PAHs?

People are exposed to PAHs by breathing in air that contains:

  • Cigarette smoke
  • Wood smoke
  • Fumes from asphalt roads
  • Motor vehicle exhaust
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Also, we can take in PAHs by eating burnt meats or food on which PAH particles have settled. Finally, we may be exposed to PAHs by having particles pass from the air and through our skin.

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