Plastics & Synthetic Coatings/Finishes Affected by European REACH Proposal to Add 12 SVHCs

Plastics & Synthetic Coatings/Finishes Affected by European REACH Proposal to Add 12 SVHCs

Manufacturers and retailers of products containing plastics and plastics coating/finishes are likely to be affected by a proposal which identifies 12 Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) to be added to Annex XIV of REACH, a major European regulation. The European Commission has stated that these substances will be added to the list by October 2019.

If your business retails or manufactures plastic products and/or products containing plastics, you need to be aware of the proposal. It is likely to affect materials such as polyurethane (PU), synthetics, leather and textiles with synthetic coatings/finishes, and polymeric items.

As plastics are widely used in the manufacture of a number of product groups, this significant proposal could affect:

  • Fashion (clothing & apparel)
  • Footwear
  • Jewellery & Accessories
  • Luggage
  • Upholstery
  • Homeware

The continued use of these SVHC in materials and finishes in any products (with a few exemptions) would require explicit authorisation from the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). Authorisations are only granted in cases where the social and economic benefits outweigh the risks of harm to life or the environment.

Please see the below table summarising the SVHCs that would be added to Annex XIV:

Entry

Substance

CAS number

EC Number

44

1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, dihexyl ester, branched and linear.

68515-50-4

271-093-5

45

Dihexyl phthalate.

84-75-3

201-559-5

46

1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C6- 10-alkyl esters; 1,2- benzenedicarboxylic acid, mixed decyl and hexyl and octyl diesters with ≥ 0.3% of dihexyl phthalate.

68515-51-5; 68648-93-1

(201-559-5) 271-094-0; 272-013-1

47

Trixylyl phosphate.

25155-23-1

246-677-8

48

Sodium perborate; perboric acid, sodium salt.

-

239-172-9; 234-390-0

49

Sodium peroxometaborate.

7632-04-4

231-556-4

50

5-sec-butyl-2-(2,4-dimethylcyclohex3-en-1-yl)-5-methyl-1,3-dioxane [1], 5-sec-butyl-2-(4,6-dimethylcyclohex3-en-1-yl)-5-methyl-1,3-dioxane [2] [covering any of the individual stereoisomers of [1] and [2] or any combination thereof] (karanal group).

-

-

51

2-(2H-benzotriazol-2-yl)-4,6- ditertpentylphenol (UV-328).

25973-55-1

247-384-8

52

2,4-di-tert-butyl-6-(5- chlorobenzotriazol-2-yl)phenol (UV-327).

3864-99-1

223-383-8

53

2-(2H-benzotriazol-2-yl)-4-(tertbutyl)-6-(sec-butyl)phenol (UV-350).

36437-37-3

253-037-1

54

2-benzotriazol-2-yl-4,6-di-tertbutylphenol (UV-320).

3846-71-7

223-346-6

55

Diazene-1,2-dicarboxamide (C,C'- azodi(formamide)) (ADCA).

123-77-3

204-650-8

 

Further Information on this REACH Proposal

The public consultation for the proposal for the addition of 12 SVHCs to Annex XIV was closed on 22nd May 2019. You can find out more on the European Commission website.

 

How Your Business Can Prepare

At Eurofins | BLC, we can help your company prepare for the implementation of complex chemical regulation, such as this SVHC proposal, through testing, training and technical support:

Eurofins | BLC Members also have access to a range of REACH compliance toolkits online including:

 

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15 July 2019

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