What is an SVHC?
Substances that may have serious effects on human health and the environment can be identified as substances of very high concern (SVHCs). These are primarily substances which are carcinogenic, mutagenic, or toxic to reproduction as well as substances with persistent and bio-accumulative characteristics. Other substances of equivalent concern include, for example, endocrine disrupting chemicals.
How do I identify an SVHC?
After a substance has been officially identified as being of very high concern, it will be added to the Candidate List. This list indicates to consumers and industry which chemicals are identified as SVHC.
What is the Candidate List?
The Candidate List is a list of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) that may be prioritised for inclusion on the Authorisation List (Annex 14) of REACH.
When UK REACH came into force, all substances that were on the EU REACH candidate list were carried over onto the UK REACH candidate list. The UK REACH work programme for 2021-22 committed to assess those substances that have been added to the EU REACH candidate list since UK REACH came into force, to consider if it was appropriate to add them to the UK REACH candidate list.
The UK and EU candidate lists operate independently from each other.