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ECHA have added twenty substances to the list of "Substances of Very High Concern"

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) have added twenty substances to the candidate list. Companies manufacturing or importing these substances, or articles containing the substances, need to check whether they have any obligations which result from the listing.

The list now contains seventy-three substances. Among the recent additions, twelve have been included in the Candidate List following the unanimous agreement of the Member State Committee while the other eight were directly added to the Candidate List.

Nineteen SVHCs are carcinogenic and/or toxic for reproduction. Additionally, for the first time a substance 4-tert-octyl phenol - has been identified as an SVHC because of its endocrine disrupting properties which give rise to an equivalent level of concern due to its probable serious effects to the environment.

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