The Impacts of SVHC Expansion on Your Supply Chain

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January 22, 2021Bernie HennBlog

On 19 January 2021 the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) added two new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) to the REACH Candidate List for Authorization. Two reproductive toxins were added. This brings the list to 211 SVHC substances. The two newly added substances are as follows: 

1. Bis(2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethyl)ether (CAS 143-24-8; EC 205-594-7) 

  • Toxic for reproduction (Article 57c) 
  • Used in Solvent/extraction agent

2. Dioctyltin dilaurate, stannane, dioctyl-, bis(coco acyloxy) derivs., and any other stannane, dioctyl-, bis(fatty acyloxy) derivs. wherein C12 is the predominant carbon number of the fatty acyloxy moiety (No CAS or EC numbers given) 

  • Toxic for reproduction (Article 57c) 
  • The mono-constituent form of the substance (dioctyltin dilaurate) is used as an additive in the production of plastics and rubber tires.
  • Note that while this group of substances is not registered under REACH, one of the three group members (Dioctyltin dilaurate) is registered.

This addition may impact your company if your company produces or is involved with the manufacturer or is a downstream user of any of the following:

  • Additives for Production of Plastics
  • Extraction Agents
  • Polymers
  • Rubber
  • Solvents
  • Tires

If you fall into any of these categories, you may need to revisit your compliance obligations.  A successful approach to compliance requires data, systems, expertise and an executable process that starts with 3E’s “3 I’s”:

  • Identification- Do you currently use these substances on their own, or as part of mixtures or articles?
  • Impact Analysis – Complying depends on the use of the substance as it relates to concentration, annual import/export quantities, current registered uses, and exposure exclusions.
  • Information Collection and Distribution – Make sure you can provide documentation and information up and down your supply chain. Consumers are entitled to complimentary information within 45 days of their original request, and ECHA must be conditionally notified no later than 6 months after a substance is listed.

Verisk 3E can help with interpreting, managing and executing on these requirements. Discover how Verisk 3E can support supply chain material compliance and receive technical information on the recent SVHC additions and explore best practices.