Changes to REACH chemical list
Four new entries were added in January to this important register of substances, some of which may affect SATRA members’ legal obligations in the EU.
The ‘list of substances of very high concern’ (SVHCs) – also known as the REACH Candidate List – indicates 223 substances that may have serious effects on human health or the environment. As these substances fall under the authorisation category of REACH, the use of SVHCs may be prohibited in the future.
A substance may be added to the SVHC list if it has a potential to be:
- persistent, bio accumulative and toxic for the environment
- mutagenic or
- toxic for reproduction.
An aim of the SVHC list is to promote the substitution of SVHCs with less dangerous alternatives.
The latest revision to the SVHC list was published in January 2022. Four new substances were added as shown in the table below, three of which may be relevant to manufacturing processes within the footwear and leather industries.
|Four new additions to the SVHC list in January 2022|
|Substance||CAS number||Reason for proposal||Relevant materials or uses|
|6,6'-di-tert-butyl-2,2'-methylenedi-p-cresol (DBMC)||119-47-1||Toxic for reproduction||Rubbers, lubricants, adhesives, inks and fuels|
|S-(tricyclo[220.127.116.11'2,6]deca-3-en-8(or 9)-yl) O-(isopropyl or isobutyl or 2-ethylhexyl) O-(isopropyl or isobutyl or 2-ethylhexyl) phosphorodithioate||255881-94-8||Persistent, bio accumulative and toxic (PBT)||Antioxidant or stabiliser in the manufacture of polymers and as an additive in the rubber industry. Also used in lubricants, greases, adhesives, sealants, hydraulic fluids and metal working fluids|
|tris(2-methoxyethoxy)vinylsilane||1067-53-4||Toxic for reproduction||Rubbers, plastics, sealants and used to formulate lubricants (additives) and greases that are used by professional workers and at industrial sites|
|(±)-1,7,7-trimethyl-3-[(4-methylphenyl)methylene]bicyclo[2.2.1]heptan-2-one covering any of the individual isomers and/or combinations thereof (4-MBC)||–||Endocrine disrupting properties||Cosmetics|
How can we help?
Please contact SATRA’s chemistry team (firstname.lastname@example.org) for assistance with the testing of footwear materials and components for the presence of SVHCs.
This article was originally published on page 4 of the February 2022 issue of SATRA Bulletin.