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  • Writer's pictureDaniel Jiménez

ECHA: New Hazardous Chemical added to SVHC

Recently, the Member State Committee (MSC) of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) confirmed the addition of a new hazardous chemical to the List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC). With this addition, the candidate list now contains 241 entries, including several groups of chemicals, increasing the total number of affected substances.

ECHA: Recently Added Substance

The newly added substance is bis(α,α-dimethylbenzyl) peroxide, with CAS number 80-43-3 and EC number 201-279-3. This substance has been identified as toxic for reproduction (Article 57c) and is commonly used as a flame retardant in various industrial applications.

Substance Details

Substance Name

EC No.


Reason for Inclusion

Example of Use

Bis(α,α-dimethylbenzyl) peroxide



Toxic for reproduction

Flame retardant

Implications of Being Listed as a Candidate Substance

The inclusion of a substance on the Candidate List implies several obligations for companies handling these chemicals:

Providing Safety Information

  • Suppliers of articles containing SVHCs in concentrations above 0.1% must provide a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) to downstream users.

  • They must also provide safe use instructions to downstream recipients if the concentration of SVHCs exceeds 0.1%. This information must be made available to consumers within 45 days upon request.

Notification to ECHA

  • Manufacturers, importers, or EU-exclusive representatives must notify ECHA if the substance is present in total quantities exceeding one tonne per year per producer or importer.

  • They must also notify if the substance is present in articles above a concentration of 0.1% weight by weight (w/w).

SCIP Database

  • Since January 5, 2021, companies must submit notifications to the ECHA's SCIP (Substances of Concern In articles, as such or in complex objects (Products)) database for any article containing more than 0.1% SVHC.

ECHA: Implications for Companies

The inclusion of new substances on the Candidate List underscores the importance of continuous monitoring and proactive management of chemicals in supply chains. Companies must ensure compliance with all regulations and provide the necessary information to ensure consumer safety and environmental protection.

For more information on regulations and how to comply with them, visit the ECHA website or consult with regulatory compliance experts.

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