EU Agency Identifies Five New Substances of Very High Concern

Published December 23, 2015

Last week, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) identified five new substances of very high concern (SVHCs) and added them to the agency’s Candidate List of SVHCs for Authorization. The five new substances include:

  • nitrobenzene
  • 2,4-di-tert-butyl-6-(5-chlorobenzotriazol-2-yl)phenol (UV-327)
  • 2-(2H-benzotriazol-2-yl)-4-(tert-butyl)-6-(sec-butyl)phenol (UV-350)
  • 1,3-propanesultone
  • perfluorononan-1-oic-acid and its sodium and ammonium salts

Nitrobenzene and perfluorononan-1-oic-acid and its sodium and ammonium salts were identified as being toxic for reproduction. ECHA found UV-327 and UV-350 to be very persistent and very bioaccumulative, and 1,3-propanesultone was identified as carcinogenic.

The Candidate List now contains 168 substances. Identifying a substance as an SVHC and including it in the Candidate List is the first step of the authorization procedure under the EU’s Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH). SVHCs are defined as “certain substances that may have serious and often irreversible effects on human health and the environment.”

REACH is the EU regulation on the safe use of chemicals, which aims to control risks resulting from the use of SVHCs and to ensure that those substances are replaced where possible.

For more information, see ECHA’s press release or visit the agency’s Web page on addressing chemicals of concern.