On 17 of December the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has added 5 new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) to the REACH Candidate List. The Candidate List now contains 168 substances.
The 5 new entries refer to:
Nitrobenzene (EC No. 202-716-0), which has been added to the list due to its reproductive toxicity properties. The substance is used in the manufacturing process of other substances, e.g. as an intermediate for further chemical processing.
2,4-di-tert-butyl-6-(5-chlorobenzotriazol-2-yl)phenol (UV-327) (EC No. 223-383-8) and 2-(2H-benzotriazol-2-yl)-4-(tert-butyl)-6-(sec-butyl)phenol (UV-350) (EC No. 253-037-1), which were added to the list because of their very persistent and very bioaccumulative properties. Both substances are used as UV-protection agents in coatings, plastics, rubber and cosmetics.
1,3-propanesultone (EC No. 214-317-9), which has been added to the list due to its carcinogenic properties. This SVHC substance is used as an electrolyte fluid of lithium ion batteries.
Perfluorononan-1-oic-acid and its sodium and ammonium salts (EC No. 206-801-3), which has been added to the list due to its persistent, bioaccumulative, toxic and reproductive toxicity properties. The substance is used as a: processing aid for fluoropolymer manufacture, lubricating oil additive, surfactant for fire extinguishers, cleaning agent, textile antifouling finishing agent, polishing surfactant, waterproofing agents and in liquid crystal display panels.