BMF 87: SVHC Issue 3


Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) are chemicals that are subject to restriction within the European Union under REACH. These substances pose potential impacts on both human health and the environment;

  • Carcinogenic
  • Mutagenic
  • Toxic for Reproduction
  • Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic (PBT)
  • Very Persistent and Very Bioaccumulative (vPvB)

A Candidate List of SVHC is maintained by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). Inclusion in this list signifies that the ECHA is considering imposing a requirement for authorisation for some or all uses.


The first list of SVHCs was published on 28th October 2008 and since then it has been updated many times to include new candidates. The most recent update occurred on 8th July 2021 bringing the total number of SVHC listed to 219.


Chiron's latest Issue of BMF 87 provides a helpful cross reference of SVHC and their associated reference materials, including upto July 21 updates!


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