ECHA Publishes 15 Substances on the Candidate SVHC List

    Substances, Preparations and articles with these candidate SVHCs have
    urgent communication requirements

    OTTAWA, Oct. 29 /CNW Telbec/ - Intertek (, the
leading provider of quality and safety solutions offers extensive services to
help companies fulfill their REACH responsibilities on the heels of the
October 28, 2008 publication of 15 substances to the ECHA's list of Candidate
Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC). The publication of this list to the
ECHA website immediately triggers communication requirements to declare these
candidate SVHCs in products where they are present in concentrations of 0.1%
or higher by weight.

    These 15 substances are:

    - 4,4'- Diaminodiphenylmethane
    - 5-tert-butyl-2,4,6-trinitro-m-xylene (musk xylene)
    - Anthracene
    - Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP)
    - Bis (2-ethyl(hexyl)phthalate) (DEHP)
    - Cobalt dichloride
    - Diarsenic pentaoxide
    - Diarsenic trioxide
    - Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
    - Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD)
    - Lead hydrogen arsenate
    - Sodium dichromate, dihydrate
    - Triethyl arsenate
    - Alkanes, C10-13, chloro (Short Chain Chlorinated Paraffins)
    - Bis(tributyltin)oxide

    A further list of substances subject to Authorization under the REACH
regulation will be created early next year using the published candidate
    Intertek offers a wide range of REACH services to help manufacturers
identify their REACH SVHC responsibilities as well as to develop and implement
their REACH strategies for compliance. The REACH product assessment and
strategy guide service helps clients determine the classification of their
products under definitions provided for in the REACH Regulations as
Substances, Preparations or Articles and create a strategy that is purely
based on the client's specific responsibilities to the REACH Regulation. In
addition, Intertek offers SVHC testing services for clients unsure of the
presence or amount of SVHC substances in their products, the preparation the
SVHC disclosure forms and the provision of standard and custom lists of SVHC
    "REACH is a very complex regulation that leads many businesses to spend
money and valuable time investigating aspects of the Regulation that
ultimately have minimal impact on the Client's business," notes Bruce Calder,
General Manager of Intertek Ageus Solutions. "Intertek will provide the
expertise to perform a detailed analysis on Client's business and products.
This will identify all immediate actions to be taken to help ensure
uninterrupted business in the European Union."
    For more information on what the publication of this list could mean to
you and your ability to sell products in the EU or to learn more about
Intertek's complete suite of REACH services, please contact one of REACH
experts at

    About Intertek's REACH services

    Intertek's suite of REACH Services provides comprehensive REACH
pre-registration, REACH registration, REACH Only Representation, testing,
compliance, consulting, audit and supply chain management services to suit our
client's REACH compliance and business needs.

    About Intertek

    Intertek (ITRK.L) is a leading provider of quality and safety solutions
serving a wide range of industries around the world. From auditing and
inspection, to testing, quality assurance and certification, Intertek people
are dedicated to adding value to customers' products and processes, supporting
their success in the global marketplace. Intertek has the expertise, resources
and global reach to support its customers through its network of more than
1,000 laboratories and offices and over 23,000 people in 110 countries around
the world.
    For more information, visit

For further information:

For further information: Jonathan Hughes, Manager, Business Development
(REACH), (613) 599-3166 x2222,; Nicole Cooper,
Corporate Communications Director, (613) 599-4321,;;

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