REACH regulation adds unspecified Diisocyantes

August 7, 2020 | European Commission has amended Annex XVII to the REACH regulation by adding unspecified Diisocyantes as entry 74


AATCC Textile Face Covering Draft Guidance

July 8, 2020 | American Association of Textile Chemists &
Colorists releases textile face covering draft guidance


New Standard AfPS GS 2019:01 PAK on PAHs

April 10, 2020 | German Product Safety Commission (AfPS) has revised the PAHs standard


Substance of Very High Concern list expanded

January 16, 2020 | The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) added substances to the SVHC list

The European Chemicals Agency added the following substances to the SVHC list.

  • 2-benzyl-2-dimethylamino-4'-morpholinobutyrophenone (CAS# 119313-12-1)
  • 2-methyl-1-(4-methylthiophenyl)-2-morpholinopropan-1-one (CAS# 71868-10-5)
  • Diisohexyl phthalate (CAS# 71850-09-4)
  • Perfluorobutane sulfonic acid (PFBS) and its salts

If a substance is listed on the SVHC list, this does not have an immediate effect on its use. It simply means that it is then flagged for inclusion in Annex XIV of the REACH Regulation, which might result in a future ban of its use or an authorization requirement. 

However, classification as a SVHC does involves an obligation to provide information or disclose usage as per Article 33 of the REACH Regulation. Thus, buyers along the supply chain (B2B) must be informed if an SVHC amounts to more than 0.1 % w/w in an article and must be provided information about the safe handling of the article. Consumers (B2C) are entitled - upon request - to receive information (free of charge and within 45 days) about the presence of SVHC with more than 0.1 % w/w in consumer products.

Importers and producers of articles containing a SVHC substance above a concentration of 0.1% (w/w), and whose production exceeds an annual quantity of more than one ton (of SVHC substances) have to notify ECHA accordingly.

To fulfil these obligations, we recommend all companies, especially those who are sourcing outside the EU, but also those who are sourcing within the EU, to contact their suppliers. Make them aware of the new requirements and ask whether some of the new (or the already existing) SVHC are present in their products.

If you have any requests regarding REACH, the SVHC list or related obligations please 


2019

ECHA expands Substance of Very High Concern list

July 16, 2019 | The European Chemicals Agency added substances to the SVHC list.

The European Chemicals Agency announced the addition of the following substances to the SVHC list:

(Substance of Very High Concern)
  • 1. 2-methoxyethyl acetate (CAS# 110-49-6)
  • 2. 4-tert-butylphenol (CAS# 98-54-4)
  • 3. tris(4-nonylphenyl, branched and linear) phosphite (TNPP) with ≥ 0.1% w/w of 4-nonylphenol, branched and linear (4-NP)
  • 4. 2,3,3,3-tetrafluoro-2-(heptafluoropropoxy) propionic acid, its salts and its acyl halides; covering any of their individual isomers and combinations thereof

If a substance is listed on the SVHC list, this does not have an immediate effect on its use. It simply means that it is then flagged for inclusion in Annex XIV of the REACH Regulation, which might result in a future ban of its use or an authorisation requirement. 

However, classification as a SVHC does involves an obligation to provide information or disclose usage as per Article 33 of the REACH Regulation. Thus, buyers along the supply chain (B2B) must be informed if an SVHC amounts to more than 0.1 % w/w in an article and must be provided information about the safe handling of the article. Consumers (B2C) are entitled - upon request - to receive information (free of charge and within 45 days) about the presence of SVHC with more than 0.1 % w/w in consumer products.

Importers and producers of articles containing a SVHC substance above a concentration of 0.1% (w/w), and whose production exceeds an annual quantity of more than one ton (of SVHC substances) have to notify ECHA accordingly.
To fulfil these obligations, we recommend all companies, especially those who are sourcing outside the EU, but also those who are sourcing within the EU, to contact their suppliers. Make them aware of the new requirements and ask whether some of the new (or the already existing) SVHC are present in their products.

If you want to be on the safe side, you have the possibility to have your raw materials or finished products tested in our laboratories for the above-mentioned substances as well as for further SVHC, or other harmful substances.

If you have any further requests regarding REACH, the SVHC list or related obligations please .

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