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7 new substances have recently been added to the REACH SVHC list of Substances of Very High Concern:

Substance Name


Where typically used

Benz[a]anthracene (BaA)

56-55-3, 1718-53-2

Used in research laboratories. Found in coal tar, roasted coffee, smoked foods, domestic heating, automobile exhaust. Is also formed during chemical manufacturing. Traces may be found in plastics and rubber. BaA is a PAH.

Cadmium carbonate


Specific target organ toxicity after repeated exposure (Article 57(f) – human health). May be used in fungicides and in chemical reagents. Just like the cadmium compounds below, it is also restricted per RoHS.

Cadmium hydroxide


Is found in industrial Nickel Cadmium storage batteries, and may be used in Cadmium plating and found in Cadmium salts.

Cadmium nitrate

10022-68-1, 10325-94-7

Is used to give a reddish-yellow luster to glass and porcelain, in photographic emulsion and as a laboratory reagent.

Chrysene (Benzo(a)phenanthrene)

218-01-9, 1719-03-5

Chrysene is found in the coal tar pitch that industry uses to join electrical parts. Chrysen is also used in the manufacture of some dyes. It is also found in creosote, a chemical used to preserve wood. However, is it most often used as a by-product from incomplete combustion and may be found in traces in rubber, plastics and black colorants. It is also a PAH.

Dodecachloropentacyclo[,9.02,13.05,10]octadeca-7,15-diene (“Dechlorane Plus”™) covering any of its individual anti- and syn-isomers or any combination thereof

Flame retardant in electronic  wiring and cables, automobiles, hard plastic connectors and plastic roofing materials. Is an alternative for Decabromodiphenyl ether (DecaBDE), which is restricted under RoHS.

 Reaction products of 1,3,4-thiadiazolidine-2,5-dithione, formaldehyde and 4-heptylphenol, branched and linear (RP-HP) with ≥0.1% w/w 4-heptylphenol, branched and linear (4-HPbl)

 Used as additive in lubricants and greases.

As a result, the REACH SVHC list contains 181 SVHC substances in total. Feel free to contact Enviropass to know more on REACH!