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SAFEGUARDS

SGS CONSUMER TESTING SERVICES

SOFTLINES

NO. 002/11 JANUARY 2011

CANDIDATE LIST EXPANDS TO 46 SUBSTANCES – FOCUS ON TEXTILE AND FOOTWEAR INDUSTRIES

As informed in Safeguards 209/10, the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) announced on 15 December 2010 that 8 additional substances have been added to the existing Candidate List, bringing the list to a total of 46 SVHCs (Substances of Very High Concern)1.

Producers, importers and other suppliers of articles containing SVHC included in the Candidate List in a concentration above 0.1% (w/w) have to provide information about the SVHC to the recipients of the articles. According to Article 33, the information can be automatically provided, or it must be available upon request by consumers, free of charge and within 45 days.

As of 1 June 2011, producers and importers are required to notify the ECHA when a SVHC in the Candidate List is present in their articles above a concentration of 0.1% (w/w) and in an amount totaling over 1 tonne per year per producer or importer.

A recent European Commission report reveals different levels of penalties that may be imposed by EU Member States for infringements of REACH provisions2. Producers and importers are therefore highly recommended to take action immediately to ensure their products are REACH compliant.

OBLIGATION

Communication of SVHC in articles

LEGAL BASIS CONDITION

Article 33

SVHC > 0.1% w/w in article

EXEMPTION

No

The possible uses of the 46 SVHCs in the Candidate List in the textile and footwear industries are listed in the following tables3.

Article 7(2)

SVHC > 0.1% w/w in article; AND

SVHC > 1 tonne per year per importer or producer

substance already registered for that use; or

1.

2.

exposure can be excluded

3.

Notification of SVHC in articles

(Starting from 1 June 2011)

Official Press Release: ECHA adds eight substances to the Candidate List for Authorisation (a) Reach Enforcement, European Commission Environment (b) Safeguards 098/10 Candidate List of Substances of Very High

Concern for authorisation, ECHA

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