Question: My company is about to begin supplier engagement to collect compliance information related to substances of very high concern (SVHCs) under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation. However, we expect a newly updated SVHC Candidate List to be released soon. Should we wait until the new Candidate List has been released so we can cite it in communications?
Answer: As a best practice, we suggest you wait and campaign for data against the most recent SVHC list once it’s available, if possible. However, it’s important to note that some of the data you acquire after the release of the updated Candidate List may still be based on the previous version, as it takes a significant amount of time for your suppliers to collect and prepare this information, and many of them will have to engage suppliers of their own.
This is a common issue in SVHC data collection, and a reason why ongoing data collection is so important, especially for REACH SVHCs; it gives companies a chance to refresh their product data.
See also: REACH SVHC List Updates
Article is current as of 2020-07-24.