SVHC Candidate List Grows to 224

By: SiliconExpert on June 16th, 2022

June 16, 2022 – The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has added a new substance to the Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC). This brings the total number of substances to 224. 

These substances are harmful chemicals which meet at least one of the following criteria, whether they are carcinogenic, mutagenic, cause reproductive or endocrine issues, persistent, bio-accumulative, and harmful to the environment or human health. 

The official SVHC Candidate list is published by the ECHA in accordance with the EU REACH legislation. This list serves as a reference list and is the first step before a substance is placed on the Authorization list. The inclusion of any of these substances onto the Authorization list would prohibit their use, except in the case of an exemption by the ECHA.   

Once a substance is placed on the SVHC Candidate list, companies are under a legal obligation to ensure the continued safe use of these chemicals. Companies are also mandated to notify the ECHA if any of their products contain SVHCs.  

Below is a description of the new entry to the SVHC Candidate List, along with some of the most common occurrences of this substance in consumer products. 

Substance NameCASCommon UsesSide Effects
N-(hydroxymethyl)acrylamide 924-42-5 Adhesives, binders, resins, glues, lubricants Toxic if swallowed. Suspected of damaging fertility and may cause an allergic skin reaction



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