ECHA adds nine hazardous chemicals to Candidate List

January 17, 2023

The Candidate List of substances of very high concern now contains 233 entries for chemicals that can harm people or the environment. Companies are responsible for managing the risks of these chemicals and must also give their customers and consumers information to use them safely.   

In Helsinki: Since they pose significant risks to human health and the environment, ECHA has placed nine chemicals to the Candidate List. Their applications range from helping prevent fires to making things like paint, paper, ink, and toner. The following names were added to the list of potential candidates on January 17, 2023. First, 1,1'-[ethane-1,2-diylbisoxy]bis[2,4,6-tribromobenzene]. 1) 2,2',6,6'-tetrabromo-4,4'-isopropylidenediphenol A Third Compound: 4,4'-Sulphonyldiphenol 4) Diborane tetraoxide of barium Any and all isomers and/or mixtures of bis(2-ethylhexyl) tetrabromophthalate (6) Isobutyl-4-hydroxybenzoate Melamine, No. 7 The eight-fluoroheptanoic acid salts 9) the sum of the masses of the products of the reaction between 2,2,3,3,5,5,6,6-octafluoro-4-(1,1,1,2,3,3,3-heptafluoropropan-2 yl)morpholine and 2,2,3,3,5,5,6,6-octafluoro-4-(heptafluoropropyl)morpholine The Member State Committee of ECHA approved the inclusion of these chemicals on the Candidate List. There are currently 233 items on the Candidate List.

If a chemical is included on the list, it cannot be used in any way without prior approval from the European Commission. When a company's material appears on the Candidate List under REACH, the company is required to take certain actions. If a product you purchase contains a Candidate List substance at a concentration of more than 0.1% (weight by weight), the company selling it to you has a responsibility to tell you about how to use it safely. Customers have a right to know whether the items they are purchasing include compounds of extremely high concern, and vendors must provide this information.

If an item is imported or produced and found on the Candidate List, the importer or producer must inform ECHA within six months of the date the substance was added to the list (17 January 2023). Safety data sheets must be provided to consumers by suppliers of compounds on the Candidate List, whether such drugs are supplied alone or in mixes.

Businesses are required to inform ECHA under the Waste Framework Directive if any of their products contain very high concern compounds at a concentration of 0.1% or more (weight by weight). There will be a record of this alert made in ECHA's registry of potentially hazardous compounds in consumer goods (SCIP).

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