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1st July 2024 News
REACH Update: New SVHC Addition and Compliance Guidelines

On June 27, 2024, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) added a new Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC) to the REACH Candidate List. This latest inclusion, bis(α,α-dimethylbenzyl) peroxide, brings the total number of entries to 241. Below, we detail the implications of this update and how your business can stay compliant.

Key Details of the Update

Substance Added:

  • Substance Name: Bis(α,α-dimethylbenzyl) peroxide
  • EC Number: 201-279-3
  • CAS Number: 80-43-3
  • Reason for Inclusion: Toxic for reproduction
  • Examples of Uses: Flame retardant
Why This Matters:

The Candidate List now contains 241 entries of chemicals that pose risks to human health or the environment. This update places additional responsibility on companies to manage these risks and provide comprehensive safety information to their customers and consumers.

Compliance Requirements

Legal Obligations – When an SVHC is included on the Candidate List, companies have several legal obligations:

Notification: If an article contains a Candidate List substance above a concentration of 0.1% (weight by weight), suppliers must notify their customers and consumers about its safe use. This information must be provided within six months from the date of inclusion (by December 27, 2024).

Waste Framework Directive Compliance: Companies must also notify ECHA if their articles contain SVHCs in concentrations above 0.1%. This information will be published in ECHA’s SCIP (Substances of Concern In articles, as such or in complex objects (Products)) database.

Importance of Staying Informed

To manage these regulatory changes effectively, continuous monitoring of updates is essential. ECHA’s Member State Committee has confirmed the addition of bis(α,α-dimethylbenzyl) peroxide, and this substance might be placed on the Authorisation List in the future. If this happens, companies will need to apply for authorisation to continue using it.

The addition to the REACH Candidate List underscores the importance of proactive compliance management. Businesses must stay informed and ready to adapt to these changes to ensure regulatory compliance and market access.

Need Assistance?

For more information on managing REACH compliance, visit The European Chemicals Agency website.

Do you have a project in the pipeline that requires a power supply unit? Reach out to us today and discover how we can assist you in meeting your compliance and operational needs.


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