ECHA Adds Four New SVHCs in the Candidate List

Helsinki, 12 January 2017, ECHA included four new substances in the Candidate List of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) for authorisation. The SVHCs List (Candidate List) now contains 173 substances.

According to ECHA, the Member State Committee (MSC) unanimously agreed on the identification of four SVHCs: bisphenol A, PFDA, PTAP and 4-HPbl, which is added to the Candidate List in January 2017, while two other substances shall be subject to further assessment.

Substances included in the Candidate List for authorisation and their SVHC properties:


Substance name

EC number

CAS number

Reason for inclusion

Examples of use(s)


4,4’-isopropylidenediphenol (bisphenol A; BPA)



Toxic for reproduction (Article 57c)

Manufacture of polycarbonate, epoxy resins and chemicals; hardener in epoxy resins


Nonadecafluorodecanoic acid (PFDA) and its sodium and ammonium salts







Toxic for reproduction (Article 57c)

PBT (Article 57d)

Lubricant, wetting agent, plasticiser and corrosion inhibitor





Equivalent level of concern having probable serious effects to environment  (Article 57f)

Manufacture of chemicals and plastic products


4-heptylphenol, branched and linear [substances with a linear and/or branched alkyl chain with a carbon number of 7 covalently bound predominantly in position 4 to phenol, covering also UVCB- and well-defined substances which include any of the individual isomers or a combination thereof]



Equivalent level of concern having probable serious effects to environment  (Article 57f)

Manufacture of polymers; formulation into lubricants

Companies may have legal obligations resulting from the inclusion of the substance in the Candidate List. These obligations may apply to the listed substance on its own, in mixtures or in articles. In particular, any supplier of articles containing a Candidate List substance above a concentration of 0.1% (weight by weight) has communication obligations towards customers down the supply chain and consumers. In addition, importers and producers of articles containing the substance have six months from the date of its inclusion in the Candidate List to notify ECHA. 

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