SVHC Candidate List Update 2024

By: Joe Corbisiero on February 20th, 2024

On Jan 23, 2024, another SVHC Candidate List update was issued by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), adding five new substances. With the five new substances, the REACH SVHC list now contains 240 substances. 

The 5 substances contained in this SVHC Candidate List Update 

According to the ECHA, these five new substances ‘are found in products such as inks and toners, adhesives and sealants and washing and cleaning products.’ 

  1. 2,4,6-tri-test-butylphenol (CAS Number: 732-26-3) 
  2. 2-(2H-benzotriazol-2-yl)-4-(1,1,3,3-tetramethylbutyl)phenol (CAS Number: 3147-75-9) 
  3. 2-(dimethylamino)-2-[(4-methylphenyl)methyl]-1-[4-(morpholin-4-yl)phenyl]butan-1-one  (CAS Number: 119344-86-4) 
  4. Bumetrizole (CAS Number: 3896-11-5) 
  5. Oligomerisation and alkylation reaction products of 2-phenylpropene and phenol (EC Number: 700-960-7) 

According to the ECHA, One of them is toxic for reproduction, three are very persistent and very bioaccumulative, and the final one is toxic for reproduction and persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic. A Bioaccumulative toxin is a substance that gets absorbed at a higher rate than the body can get rid of it. This causes an organism to be at risk of chronic poisoning. 

The Agency has also updated the existing SVHC Candidate List entry for dibutyl phthalate to include its endocrine-disrupting properties for the environment. 

The Candidate List now has 240 entries – some are groups of chemicals, so the overall number of impacted chemicals is higher.  

The full details of the added and updated chemicals in the 2024 REACH SVHC candidate list: 

Substance NameCAS NumberReason for InclusionExamples of Use
2,4,6-tri-tert-butylphenol732-26-3 Toxic for reproduction (Article 57c)

Persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) 

(Article 57d)
Manufacture of another substance; formulation of mixtures and in fuel products.
2-(2H-benzotriazol-2-yl)-4-(1,1,3,3-tetramethylbutyl)phenol3147-75-9 Very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB)

(Article 57e)
Air care products, coating products, adhesives and sealants, lubricants and greases, polishes and waxes and washing and cleaning products.
2-(dimethylamino)-2-[(4-methylphenyl)methyl]-1-[4-(morpholin-4-yl)phenyl]butan-1-one  119344-86-4 Toxic for reproduction (Article 57c) Inks and toners, coating products.
Bumetrizole 3896-11-5 vPvB 

(Article 57e)
Coating products, adhesives and sealants and washing and cleaning products.
Oligomerisation and alkylation reaction products of 2-phenylpropene and phenol  vPvB 

(Article 57e)
Adhesives and sealants, coating products, fillers, putties, plasters, modelling clay, inks and toners and polymers.
Dibutyl phthalate (updated entry) 84-74-2 Endocrine disrupting properties 

(Article 57(f) – environment)
Metal working fluids, washing and cleaning products, laboratory chemicals and polymers.

Source: ECHA 

SVHC Candidate List updates and how do manufacturers comply?

The REACH SVHC Candidate List is a list of substances that have been identified as being of very high concern for human health or the environment. Once a substance is added to the Candidate List, companies have several obligations to comply with, including:  

  • Providing information to customers about the presence of the substance in their products  
  • Minimizing the release of the substance into the environment  
  • Developing alternative substances or processes that do not pose the same risks  

Companies must comply with REACH if they contain components with an SVHC that exceeds 0.1% of the article’s weight. 

According to the ECHA, “Importers and producers of articles have to notify ECHA if their article contains a Candidate List substance within six months from the date it has been included in the list (23 January 2024).” 

What are the consequences of violating REACH SVHC regulations?

Violating REACH SVHC regulations can have significant consequences for companies, ranging from financial penalties to reputational damage and even criminal charges. Here’s a breakdown of the potential consequences: 

Financial Penalties: 

  • Fines: Depending on the severity of the violation, companies can face hefty fines from enforcement authorities. These fines can be in the millions of euros for serious violations. 
  • Costs of rectification: Companies may be required to take corrective actions to address the non-compliance, such as recalling products, conducting safety assessments, or implementing new risk management measures. These actions can be expensive and time-consuming. 
  • Loss of business: Customers may hesitate to do business with a company that has violated REACH SVHC regulations, leading to lost revenue and market share. 

Reputational Damage: 

  • Negative publicity: News of a REACH SVHC violation can damage a company’s reputation, leading to negative press coverage and potentially impacting its stock price. 
  • Loss of consumer trust: Consumers may be less likely to buy products from a company that is putting their health and safety at risk. 
  • Exclusion from supply chains: Some companies may choose to exclude suppliers who have violated REACH SVHC regulations from their supply chains. 

Legal Consequences: 

  • Criminal charges: In some cases, serious violations of REACH SVHC regulations may lead to criminal charges against the company or its executives. 
  • Product bans: If a product contains an SVHC violating the regulations, it may be banned from sale in the EU. 

How to Avoid Violating REACH SVHC Regulations

Navigating REACH SVHC regulations can be complex, but proactive measures can help avoid compliance issues. Know your exposure – regularly monitor updates, seek expert guidance, increase visibility into your bills-of-materials (BOMs) and source safer alternatives. Utilizing software tools for REACH compliance management can streamline the process and minimize errors by connecting accurate documentation. 

Industry leaders prefer SiliconExpert to help manage SVHC compliance across their BOMs, approved component / manufacturer lists (ACL/AML). Compliance managers, procurement teams and engineers:  

  • Identify SVHCs in their products and components with pinpoint accuracy. 
  • Generate REACH-compliant documentation and reports effortlessly. 
  • Receive alerts about regulatory changes to proactively address potential risks. 

By partnering with SiliconExpert, companies gain the confidence and clarity needed to navigate the complexities of REACH SVHC compliance. 

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