There are currently 219 substances (8 SVHC’s newly added to the list) on the REACh SVHC Candidate List of substances of very high concern that might harm humans and the environment.

Consumer products such as cosmetics, scented articles, rubber, and textiles contain some of the newly added chemicals. Others are used as solvents, flame retardants, or in the production of polymers. The majority of the chemicals on the Candidate List are harmful to human health because they are carcinogenic, respiratory sensitizers, or endocrine disruptors.

Companies must adhere to their legal requirements and guarantee that these substances are used safely. If their products include REACh SVHC’s (Substance of Very High Concern) they must immediately notify the ECHA under the EU Waste Framework Directive. This notification has been sent to ECHA's SCIP database and the information will be made public on the Agency's website later. On 8th July 2021, new entries were added to the REACh SVHC Candidate List.

# Substance name EC number CAS number
1 2-(4-tert-butylbenzyl)propionaldehyde and its stereoisomers - -
2 Orthoboric acid, sodium salt 237-560-2 13840-56-7
3 2,2-bis(bromomethyl)propane1,3-diol (BMP); 221-967-7, 3296-90-0
2,2-dimethylpropan-1-ol, tribromo derivative/3-bromo-2,2-bis(bromomethyl)-1-propanol (TBNPA); 253-057-0, 36483-57-5
2,3-dibromo-1-propanol (2,3-DBPA) 202-480-9 1522-92-5; 96-13-9
4 Glutaral 203-856-5 111-30-8
5 Medium-chain chlorinated paraffins (MCCP) - -
(UVCB substances consisting of more than or equal to 80% linear chloroalkanes with carbon chain lengths within the range from C14 to C17) - -
6 Phenol, alkylation products (mainly in para position) with C12-rich branched alkyl chains from oligomerization, covering any individual isomers and/ or combinations thereof (PDDP) - -
7 1,4-dioxane 204-661-8 123-91-1
8 4,4'-(1-methylpropylidene)bisphenol 201-025-1 77-40-7


The Candidate List covers compounds of extreme concern (SVHC’s) that could have major health or environmental consequences. In the future, these SVHC’s may be added to the Authorization List, requiring companies to seek authorization to continue using them on their products. The Candidate List now comprises 219 substances some of which span groups of compounds resulting in a greater total number of impacted chemicals (Totally 435 unique SVHC’s).

Under the REACH Regulation, companies may have legal duties when their substance is included – either on its own, in mixtures, or items – in the Candidate List. Any provider of items containing a Candidate List chemical in concentrations more than 0.1 percent weight by weight must provide enough information to their customers and consumers to ensure safe use.

Importers and producers of articles containing a Candidate List substance have six months to notify ECHA after the substance is added to the list (8 July 2021). Suppliers handling substances on the Candidate List (whether sold separately or in mixtures) must give a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) to their consumers.

Suppliers of EU-market articles containing Candidate List chemicals in concentrations more than 0.1 percent weight by weight must notify ECHA's SCIP database from 5th January 2021. The Waste Framework Directive imposes this obligation.

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