Last reviewed 21 June 2022

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has updated the Candidate List of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) for authorisation and has added one new substance to the list.

The new substance added is:

  • N-(hydroxymethyl)acrylamide (EC no 213-103-2) (CAS no 924-42-5).

It was added as a result of its Carcinogenic (Article 57a) and Mutagenic (Article 57b) properties.

The list now contains 224 entries.

The candidate list can be found on the ECHA website.

Consequences of the Candidate List

Under the REACH Regulation, companies have legal obligations when their substance is included — either on its own, in mixtures or in articles — in the Candidate List.

Any supplier of articles containing a Candidate List substance above a concentration of 0.1% (weight by weight) has to give sufficient information to their customers and consumers to allow safe use. Consumers have the right to ask suppliers whether products they buy contain substances of very high concern.

Importers and producers of articles have to notify ECHA if their article contains a Candidate List substance within six months from the date it has been included in the list (17 January 2022). Suppliers of substances on the Candidate List (supplied either on their own or in mixtures) have to provide their customers with a safety data sheet.

They also have to notify ECHA under the Waste Framework Directive if their products contain substances of very high concern in a concentration above 0.1% (weight by weight). This notification is published in the SCIP database on the Agency’s website.