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Four new substances of very high concern added to the Candidate List


The Candidate List of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) for authorisation now contains 173 substances.

Helsinki, 12 January 2017 - ECHA has added four new SVHCs to the Candidate List based on proposals by France, Sweden, Germany and Austria, following the SVHC identification process with involvement of the Member State Committee.

Substances included in the Candidate List for authorisation on 12 January 2017 and their SVHC properties:


Substance name

EC number

CAS number

Reason for inclusion

Examples of use(s)


4,4’-isopropylidenediphenol (bisphenol A; BPA)



Toxic for reproduction (Article 57c)

Manufacture of polycarbonate, epoxy resins and chemicals; hardener in epoxy resins
2 Nonadecafluorodecanoic acid (PFDA) and its sodium and ammonium salts







Toxic for reproduction (Article 57c)

PBT (Article 57d)

Lubricant, wetting agent, plasticiser and

corrosion inhibitor
3 p-(1,1-dimethylpropyl)phenol 201-280-9 80-46-6 Equivalent level of concern having probable serious effects to environment  (Article 57f) Manufacture of chemicals and plastic products
4 4-heptylphenol, branched and linear [substances with a linear and/or branched alkyl chain with a carbon number of 7 covalently bound predominantly in position 4 to phenol, covering also UVCB- and well-defined substances which include any of the individual isomers or a combination thereof] - - Equivalent level of concern having probable serious effects to environment  (Article 57f) Manufacture of polymers; formulation into lubricants


The Candidate List is a list of substances that may have serious effects on human health or the environment. Substances on the Candidate List are also known as "substances of very high concern". The aim of publishing such a list is to inform the general public and industry that these substances are candidates for possible inclusion in the Authorisation List. Once they are on the Authorisation List, industry will need to apply for permission to continue using the substance after the sunset date.

Companies may have legal obligations resulting from the inclusion of the substance in the Candidate List. These obligations may apply to the listed substance on its own, in mixtures or in articles. In particular, any supplier of articles containing a Candidate List substance above a concentration of 0.1% (weight by weight) has communication obligations towards customers down the supply chain and consumers. In addition, importers and producers of articles containing the substance have six months from the date of its inclusion in the Candidate List (12 January 2017) to notify ECHA. Information on these obligations and related tools are available on the ECHA website.