On June 15, 2015 the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced that two new entries have been made on the Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern for Authorization (Candidate List). Under the regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), substances of very high concern (SVHCs) are listed and recommended for authorization. The first new addition to the Candidate List is a series of mixed alkyl diesters (CAS 68515-51-5, CAS 68648-93-1) which contain dihexyl phthalate and are classified as reproductive toxicants. Dihexyl phthalate was added to the Candidate List already in 2013 (FPF reported). The mixed alkyl diesters are used as plasticizers and lubricants, including use in adhesives, coatings, building material, cable compounding, polymer foils, PVC compounds and artist supply (e.g. modeling clay and finger paints). The compound mix with CAS number 68515-51-5 is listed as food contact material in the “Flavors, Additives and food Contact materials exposure Task” (FACET) database. The second addition to the Candidate List is a group entry of substances with very persistent and very bioaccumulative properties. One example of the group is a product with trade name “karanal”, which is mainly used as a fragrance ingredient. The Candidate List now contains 163 substances, of which 31 have been included in the Authorization List.

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ECHA (June 15, 2015). “Two new substances of very high concern (SVHCs) added to the Candidate List.

ChemSec (June 15, 2015). “Two new SVHCs added to the Candidate List, but overall progress is slow.

Health and Environment Alliance (July 13, 2015). “Two more chemicals added to the REACH high concern list.

Food Packaging Forum (January 16, 2014). FACET exposure tool.