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Four new REACH substances were added to the European Union (EU) REACH 205 SVHC List on January 16th, 2020.

REACH 205 SVHC List - Applications and Health Concerns

Below is a table outlining the full name and CAS number of the four substances new to REACH 205 SVHC, along with typical applications and potentially harmful impacts on health.

Substance Name


Where Used

Health Concerns

Perfluorobutane sulfonic acid (PFBS) and its salts


  • Used as surfactants and repellents (for leather, textile, carpets, etc.).
  • Additional applications include flame retardants in polycarbonate.
  • Mainly used in electrical and electronic equipment, metal plating, and pesticides.



  • Thyroid hormone disturbances
  • Reprotoxic (affects reproduction, can inhibit fertility, and damage an unborn child)
  • Kidney and liver impairment
  • Influence on the hematological system (blood and bone marrow)

Diisohexyl phthalate (DIHP)


Lubricant in steering fluid and plasticizers:

  • Auto transmission lubricants
  • Rubber
  • Plastics products
  • And others






  • Employed in polymer production.
  • Is a photoinitiator in coatings, adhesives, and inks for industrial and professional use (etching resists, printing plates, and solder masks)
  • Applied as an initiator in a photo-curable material UV-curable coatings and inks.



  • Reprotoxic
  • Irritant
  • Toxic if swallowed
  • Causes long-term damage to aquatic environments



Is a photosensitive agent in manufacturing printing inks, pigmented coatings, and photopolymers for imaging applications.

These uses involve industrial and professional workers. UV-induced photosensitive agents initiate the mechanism of photo-curing in manufacturing printing inks, pigmented coatings, and photopolymers for imaging applications.



  • Reprotoxic
  • Causes acute and long-term damage to aquatic environments

Enviropass keeps the current REACH SVHC and Annex XVII list. We have updated our Product Environmental Compliance EPEC Form accordingly.

What is REACH?

REACH is the title of the EU regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 published on December 18th, 2006. Specifically, REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and restriction of Chemicals. Its purpose is to protect the environment and human health throughout the European Union. Furthermore, it applies to pure substances, mixtures, and articles such as packaging items, a desk, or electronic equipment.

What are the REACH SVHCs and the 205 SVHC List?

SVHC is an acronym for Substances of Very High Concern. The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) maintains an up-to-date SVHC candidate list that gives the name, EC number, CAS number, date of inclusion, and reason for the inclusion of each substance.

Other SVHCs include:

  • Lead
  • Cobalt dichloride
  • Diarsenic trioxide
  • Sodium dichromate
  • Boric acid

And hundreds of additional substances

ECHA European Chemicals Agency

How to Comply with REACH

205 SVHC List

To summarize, to comply with REACH, producers must:

  • Assess if their products contain any SVHCs above a concentration of 0.1% by weight;
  • If an article does consist of any SVHC above a threshold, communicate it to the public;
  • Ensure that their products meet the REACH Annex XVII requirements;
  • Keep records and maintain documentation for REACH, similar to RoHS.

Notably, producers can declare their products containing SVHCs above the threshold to the SCIP database. SCIP stands for Substances of Concern In Products. Its database, built by the ECHA, aids in notifying consumers about SVHCs present in articles.

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