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SVHC and Restricted Substances under REACH

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REACH Substances of Very High Concern, SVHC, and the Restricted Substances, are substances that have been listed because they fulfil any below criteria:

  • Chemicals classified as CMR in categories 1A or 1B.
    CMR: Carcinogenic, mutagenic or reproduction toxic chemicals.

  • PBT substances and vPvB substances as specified in REACH annex XIII.
    PBT = Persistent, bioaccumulative or toxic chemical.
    vPvB = very persistent or very bioaccumulative or toxic chemical.

  • Other chemicals for which there is scientific evidence of probable serious impact on human health or on environment, with similar degree of concern of the above mentioned substances. An example for this type of chemicals are endocrine disruptors with effects on hormone system.

First such substances are listed by ECHA on the so-called candidate list. If further evaluation confirms very high concern then these substances will be part of a list of Restricted Substances that require special action - REACH annex XVII - without being deleted from the candidate list. Restricted substances on the list need approval by ECHA if used as single chemical or in mixtures, or in articles that are manufactured in EU. The purpose is to achieve:

  • Full control of all risks arising from production or use of that SVHC, and

  • Substitution of this SVHC where ever economically and technically feasible.

The list of SVHC and the List of restricted substances  (Annex XVII of REACH) are updated continuously by ECHA agency in form of a so-called SVHC candidate list.

SVHC evaluation

You are not sure whether any of your products contain SVHC or Restricted Substances above allowed concentrations and quantities? Then please follow the link to SVHC evaluation

Consulting services

For consulting on above issues and design of any test program, please contact

Mr. Kim Holm Baekgaard, Phone +45 70 22 42 76 in Denmark

or Jody Yam, Phone +852 263 632 33 or +86 131 439 879 87 in China