Published On: January 18, 2019278 words1.6 min read

To ensure that chemical substances found in everyday products are safe to human health and the environment, the European Union enacted the REACH Regulation to control potentially hazardous substances.
Under the REACH Regulation, Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) must be identified and disclosed.


Substances of Very High Concern pose serious risks to human health and the environment. SVHC are substances which can:
Cause cancer (carcinogenic)
Cause genetic mutations (mutagenic)
Be toxic to reproduction
Have other harmful properties and remain in the environment for a long time (persistent)
Gradually build up in animals (bioaccumulative)
Substances of similar concern (e.g. endocrine disruptors)
REACH aims to control the use of such substances through authorization and restriction and obliges manufacturers and suppliers to use safer alternatives or technologies, within a reasonable timeframe.

SVHC Compliance and Disclosure requirements:

  • Determine whether products contain any SVHCs in excess of 0.1% product weight
  • Disclose the presence of SVHCs in products within 45 days upon request from consumers or customers
  • Ensure environmental compliance and safety of products

SVHC testing:

SVHC may be introduced to consumer products either intentionally or inadvertently through the supply chain and manufacturing process. Laboratory testing provides information on SVHC substance identification and concentration to help companies meet their REACH SVHC obligations.
We provide SVHC testing according to your needs:
On the candidate list:
Full testing
Product risk based screening
On authorization list (REACH Annex XIV)
On the registry of intentions
Potential SVHC that meets the regulatory requirements but not yet included in the candidate list

We maintain long-term cooperation and contact with INTERTEK Shanghai and SGS Guangzhou laboratories, and can provide detailed test reports within 1 week.

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