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Remember that the goal of REACH is to have a clear picture of the types and quantities of chemical substances coming in to the EU. If you dig just a little deeper, you find yourself asking the question, "Why do they want to know that?" Though conspiracy theorists will try to get you to believe it is to undermine intellectual property or to protect European business - don't believe them. The real reason of course is because many of the substances entering Europe can be downright dangerous if not handled properly. And the people who handle these chemical substances are the workers on the manufacturing floor and in the receiving docks.
These workers represent the manufacturing engine of growth in Europe but are also your neighbor, your brother or sister, your friend or your school mate. These are people who have dreams and ambitions too and we need to feel confident that the products they are handling are safe, or at least are handled safely. The REACH SVHC List is a list of chemical substances that are known to be of very high concern to ECHA and the European Union and therefore require extra attention.
This list is a dynamic list, originally published on October 2008, and updated many times to include new candidate identified by ECHA. The Authentic ECHA Candidate List for Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) is the official list, but the table below is a copy of this same information.
No. The Authentic ECHA Candidate List for Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) is the official list found on the ECHA website. It is updated regularly by ECHA and everytime it is updated a new section appears stating which substances were added, and the date they were added.
Of course, there can be a number of concerns one might have about chemical substances, but the ones that make it to the top of the list are substances that are carcinogenic, mutagenic, toxic for reproduction or persistent or bioaccumulative. There is a column in the table called the "Reason for Inclusion". This column identifies the reason why the substance has been added to the list.
As of 17 December 2014, there are 161 substances that re on the official candidate list.
No, but according to REACH regulations, depending on the quantities involved, these substances may need to be registered with ECHA. Even if the quantities are low, pre-registration is probably a good idea. Ask your REACH Only Representative for more information.
Test results. As more substances are being developed, more test results are available, and the results of which determine if the substances end up on the REACH SVHC List.
The question whether you need to pre-register, register or do anything at all is a question you should ask your REACH Only Representative. He or she will be best able to advise you on these topics. If they can't, we can. :)