Recently, a new substance has been added to the Candidate List of REACH: Perfluorohexane-1-sulphonic acid and its salts (PFHxS) CAS number: 355-46-4.
This brings to total number of substances on the Candidate List to 174.
For the full list of SVHCs, view the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) website.
How is Perfluorohexane-1-sulphonic acid and its salts (PFHxS) used in products?
PFHxS could be found as a replacement or impurity of PFOS; which is used as a water or stain repellent chemical in textile and leather. So, if your business manufactures, imports, or retails textile and leather products into the European Union, then you need to be aware of this new regulation.
Sectors affected by PFHxS
Product sectors likely to be affected by this new SVHC include:
- Bags and luggage
- Leather and textile accessories
- Outdoor apparel
BLC REACH testing services
BLC are here to help your business bring fit for purpose products to the market. We offer a variety of testing and support services including:
- REACH SVHC testing and screening service, where we test for the presence of the latest published SVHC list
- Annex XVII testing for legal compliance – applicable to articles sold & manufactured within Europe
- Smart testing service for REACH which can save your business significant costs by combining materials
- Supply chain support
- Legislative guidance on REACH regulations
BLC also offer a wide range of chemical testing services.
SVHC Risk Matrix: Available to BLC Members
BLC Members can access the SVHC Risk Matrix, which guides members through the current SVHC’s. The SVHC Risk Matrix details the uses, applications, and the risk (high/medium or low) of substances being present in a number of different material categories.
BLC Members can download the SVHC Risk Matrix today from the BLC Member Toolkits section on our website.
Does your business need support with SVHCs and product testing? Contact BLC today via email@example.com or call our Chemical and Regulatory Advisor on +44 (0)1604 679999.