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


17 Dec 2015


Health & Consumers
Science & Policymaking
Climate & Environment

The Candidate List of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) for authorisation now contains 168 substances.

Helsinki, 17 December 2015 – ECHA has added five new SVHCs to the Candidate List due to the carcinogenic, toxic to reproduction, persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT), and very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB) properties of the substances. The decision to include perfluorononan-1-oic acid and its sodium and ammonium salts was taken with the involvement of the Member State Committee.

Substances included in the Candidate List for authorisation on 17 December 2015 and their SVHC properties:

# Substance name EC number CAS number

SVHC property

Examples of use(s)






Toxic for reproduction (Article 57c)

Manufacture of other substances


2,4-di-tert-butyl-6-(5-chlorobenzotriazol-2-yl)phenol (UV-327) 223-383-8 3864-99-1

vPvB (Article 57 e)

UV-protection agents in coatings, plastics, rubber and cosmetics
3 2-(2H-benzotriazol-2-yl)-4-(tert-butyl)-6-(sec-butyl)phenol (UV-350) 253-037-1 36437-37-3

vPvB (Article 57 e)

UV-protection agents in coatings, plastics, rubber and cosmetics




Carcinogenic (Article 57 a)

Electrolyte fluid of lithium ion batteries


Perfluorononan-1-oic-acid and its sodium and ammonium saltspropanesultone 206-801-3




Toxic for reproduction (Article 57 c)

PBT (Article 57 d)

Procesing aid for fluoropolymer manufacture/lubricating oil additive/surdactant for fire extinguishers/cleaning agent/textile antifouling finishing agent/polishing surfactant/waterproofing agents and in liquid crystal display panels

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 permission to continue using the substance after the sunset date.

Together with the Member States and the European Commission, ECHA is focusing its efforts on the substances that matter most for human health and the environment. The SVHC Roadmap 2020 aims to have all relevant SVHCs on the Candidate List by 2020.

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