The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Has Added Six New Substances to The Candidate List

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As of the 15th of January 2019, ECHA has added six new substances to the Candidate List. This is due to the carcinogenic, toxic to reproduction, persistent bioaccumlative and toxic (PBT) and bioaccumulative (vPvB) properties of the substances.

What is the Candidate List?

The Candidate List is a list composed of substances that may cause serious effects on human health and/or the environment. Substances that are placed on the Candidate List are also known as substances of extreme concern and also pose as candidates for eventual inclusion on the Authorisation List. Once they have been placed on the Authorisation List, industry will need to apply for permission to continue using the substance after the sunset date.


How does this effect PSUs?

Recent news from the ECHA makes it likely that the list of PAHS substances banned from use in the manufacture of external power supplies will be growing in the not too distant future. Within 6 months of the addition to the list, manufacturers are obligated to report to the ECHA, customers and downstream suppliers where that the concentration of any of any of the listed substances exceeds 0.1% of the weight of the product being supplied.


PAHS & New Hazard Information

The Member of State Committee (MSC) took the decision to include the four polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHS) to this list. MSC has referred the four PAHS cases in order to address new hazard information that was presented during a public consultation.

An additional substance has also been added to the list as it has been identified as an SVHC by the European Commission. This is a result of its endocrine-disrupting properties. This decision has been following the referral of the MSC opinion (SVHC proposal, 2016).

Here is the full list of the substances included in the Candidate List for authorisation on 15th January 2019 and their SVHC properties:

netbit candidate list


All in all, this raises an important question, what will the short-term effect be on the PSU industry? NetBit will be observing this closely to ensure that all its products are fully compliant with the latest legislation.

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