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Four new substances on the candidate list of Substances of very high Concern (SVHC)

On 16th of January 2020 the ECHA (European Chemicals Agency) added four new chemical substances to its candidate list of Substances of very high Concern (SVHC). Now the list consists of a total of 205 substances of very high concern.

Producers, suppliers and importers must register their articles containing a certain concentration of the substances under ECHA’s candidate list of substances of very high concern prior to the import to the EU.

REACH defines an article as an object which during production is given a special shape, surface or design that determines its function to a greater degree than its chemical composition. Examples of articles are clothing, flooring, furniture, jewellery, newspapers and plastic packaging. When new substances are added to the list, operators have six months to register their articles containing these substances to the authority.

The legal basis is the REACH Regulation EC 1907/2006 (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals), which has fundamentally harmonised chemicals legislation in the EU. It follows the principle of the industry’s own responsibility. This means that each entrepreneur must independently register his products falling within the scope of the regulation and may only distribute his products in the EU if he has a registration number.

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