11 March 2014

SVHC Customer Advisory

Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) customer advisory:  On 16 December 2013, European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published the candidate list for authorisation comprising 7 new substances of SVHC (from a total list 151 SVHC). Once a substance is added to the candidate list, REACH imposes immediate obligations on manufacturers and importers to declare the substances. To assist HMC customers understand the current list of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) and the extent to which the regulation of SVHC under REACH might impact on businesses which use chemical products, we hope the information below is useful.
Candidate List, last updated on 16 December 2013

Substance Name
CAS Number Reason for Inclusion
Cadmium Sulphide 1306-23-6 Carcinogenic
C.I. Direct Black 38 1937-37-7 Carcinogenic
Dihexyl Phthalate 84-75-3 Toxic for reproduction
96-45-7 Toxic for reproduction
Trixylyl phosphate 25155-23-1 Toxic for reproduction
C.I. Direct Red 28 573-58-0 Carcinogenic
Lead di(acetate) 301-04-2 Toxic for reproduction

Per the current SVHC list (as of December 16, 2013), no grades in the HMC Polymers PP portfolio contain any chemical substances deemed to be Substances of Very High Concern.

For all commercialised products, HMC declares SVHC update versions in the downloadable RAPIDS (Regulatory Affairs Product Stewardship Information/Certification Data Sheet). Customers can download RAPIDS from products listed at the link below:

HMC Polymers Product Table

What is REACH?
REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of CHemicals) is the system for controlling chemicals in Europe. It became law in the UK on 1 June 2007.

What are SVHC?
Generally, SVHC are hazardous substances with serious consequences. Substances designated SVHC may have serious effects on human health such as being carcinogenic, mutagenic and/or toxic. They can also remain in the environment for a considerable period of time. It has been proposed that the use of SVHC within the European Union be subject to authorisation under the REACH Regulation.