Overview of REACH SVHC, Annex XIV, Annex XVII

Question Posed:

What are the responsibilities associated with Substances of Very High Concern for Authorization (SVHC), in comparison to the substances listed in REACH Annex XIV and REACH Annex XVII?

Answer Provided:

Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC):

  • Requires communication to downstream recipients when over threshold (0.1% w/w at the article level).
  • Requires notification to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) when SVHC over threshold and imported over 1 ton annually and use not already registered.

Annex XIV:

  • Requires Authorisation to use substance in the EU after sunset date.
  • Requires communication to downstream recipients when over threshold (0.1% w/w at article level).
  • Requires notification to ECHA when SVHC over threshold and imported over 1 ton annually and use not already registered.

Note: Substances on Annex XIV are included on the SVHC list.

Annex XVII:

  • Substance restricted either in full (not to be used at all) or for specific uses (can be used in some uses, but cannot be used in identified uses).  

Reference: https://echa.europa.eu/substances-of-very-high-concern-identification-explained

Reference (Article 56): https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:02006R1907-20180509&from=en

Reference (Article 67):

https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:02006R1907-20180509&from=en

**Article contents valid as of 2018-09-04

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