On 20 June 2016, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published the 15th update of the REACH Candidate List. One new Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC) was added. Hence, the total number of SVHCs on the Candidate List increased from 168 to 169.
Out of the four substanceswhich underwent public consultation during February and April, only benzo[a]pyrene (BaP) was identified as SVHC. It was judged to fulfill the SVHC criteria. It belongs to the family of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH). This substance is not intentionally used during manufacturing process but present as impurities. Table A lists the detail information related to benzo[a]pyrene.
Three proposed substances were not included (one phthalate and two camphors) to the Candidate List as proposed during the public consultation. Germany withdrew the proposal of 3- benzylidene camphor and the Member State Committee (MSC) did not unanimously agree that dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP) and 4-methylbenzylidene camphor meet the SVHC criteria. The MSC’s commentswere submitted to the European Commission for decision making. Hence, these three substances were not identified as SVHC in the 15th update.
Table A: Benzo[a]pyrene (BaP) is newly included in the Candidate List on 20 June 2016
CAS number (EC number)
Reason for inclusion
Where can it be found?
Current restriction under REACH Annex XVII
Toxic for reproduction
Normally not manufactured intentionally but may occur as a constituent or impurity in other substances.
PAH contamination can be found in plastic, pigment and paints.
It is restricted under REACH Annex XVII 50
Scope: Extender oils in tyres, rubber and plastic with direct prolonged or repetitive skin contact
Remarks: vPvB: very persistent and very bioaccumulative PBT: persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic