The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), the agency which implements the EU's chemicals legislation, has included six new substances of very high concern (SVHC) to the candidate list as of 17 December 2014. ECHA helps companies to comply with the legislation, advances the safe use of chemicals, provides information on chemicals and addresses chemicals of concern. The new entries are cadmium fluoride, cadmium sulphate, two benzotriazole substances (UV-320 and UV-328), DOTE and the reaction mass of DOTE:MOTE. The full chemical names of the substances are available on the ECHA website.
The registry now includes a total number of 161 substances. A European Commission plan, adopted in 2013, aims at including all SVHC in the REACH candidate list by the end of 2020. According to estimations, more than 400 substances will be screened.
Importers of consumer goods have the obligation to notify about SVHC contained in imported products if the concentration of the substance present in the article is above 0.1% w/w (weight by weight) and if the total amount of the substance in the article exceeds one tonne per importer per year. In addition, importers and/or retailers have to inform customers, upon request, about SVHC in the products supplied.
Information on and monitoring of updates to EU regulations on product compliance is a core competence of the services provided by FTA to its more than 1,400 members. For example, last 3 June 2014 FTA held a seminar for its members on REACH and product compliance, entitled "A practical view on REACH: Which best practices?" REACH itself is a regulation of the European Union, adopted to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals, while – ideally – enhancing the competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry.