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MSC reached unanimous agreement on the identification of six substances as SVHCs following the MSC’s scrutiny of the comments received during public consultation and documentation substantiating their hazards in accordance with Article 57 of REACH. These six substances have been included in the Candidate List. In some cases, substances were identified based on more than one SVHC property. Please see the table below for further details.  

MSC also agreed that it is currently not possible to conclude on the identification as SVHCs of four phenolic benzotriazole substances (i.e. UV-350, UV-327, UV-328 and UV-320). These substances were originally proposed as SVHCs based on their very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB) or persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) properties. MSC suggested that further expert discussion may be necessary regarding their persistency before drawing a final conclusion because of the complexity of the read-across and weight-of-evidence approach applied. Consequently, these UV-substances will not be added to the Candidate List now.  

The legal obligations that companies may have resulting from the inclusion of substances in the Candidate List apply to the listed substances on their own, in mixtures or in articles. Producers and importers of articles containing any of the six substances included in the Candidate List on 20 June 2013 have six months from this date to notify ECHA if both of the following conditions apply:

  1. the substance is present in those articles in quantities totalling over one tonne per producer or importer per year, and
  2. the substance is present in those articles above a concentration of 0.1% weight by weight.

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