On July 7, 2017, ECHA added one new substances of very high concern (SVHC) to the REACH candidate list. The SVHC list is now at 174 substances. The new SVHC and common usage is found in the table below.




Reason for Inclusion

Where Used

Perfluorohexane-1-sulphonic acid and its salts   355-46-4 (for the acid)


No specific CAS for the salts of the acid


vPvB (very persistent and very bioaccumulative) ·      Formerly used in firefighting foam and carpet treatment

·      Stain and water repellent

·      Some R&D applications as a process chemical

·      Paper and packaging

·      Non-stick cookware

As REACH continues to update and evolve, it is very important to have the ability to determine individual component compliance in a real-time environment with access to the latest compliance information from your suppliers. Of similar importance is the ability to have a direct communication link to the contacts at your suppliers who author and provide the compliance data that you need. Green Data Exchange provides this today.

Please continue to check the Q Point Technology Blog for recent news on regulatory changes, including REACH updates.


CFSI Publishes CMRT Version 5.01

On June 21, the Conflict Free Sourcing Initiative, CFSI, released the newest version (v. 5.01) of the Conflict Minerals Reporting Template, CMRT. This is the 17th new release, the second release at version 5, and the first update since CMRT v.5.0, released on May 12, 2017.
The major update to the CMRT is the correction of bugs and errors on the Checker tab.
Updated smelter lists and smelter details (along with the latest version of the CMRT) may be found at The next update to the CMRT is anticipated for November 2017.
The new CMRT provides an opportunity for corporations and individuals collecting CMRT data as part of their due diligence surrounding a reasonable country of origin inquiry (RCOI) for SEC Reporting. Q Point adopts the stance that data provided from the latest version of the CMRT indicates updated information. That is to say, a CMRT v. 4.01(b) contains older, and perhaps out of date, information when compared to a current CMRT (v. 5.01).
Corporations and individuals may use the new CMRT as a mechanism for gathering updated conflict minerals data and improving overall data collection from their suppliers. Alerting suppliers to the new CMRT may lead to a discussion that sets expectations for routine updates and the use of the latest CMRT version. Exclusive use of the new CMRT will produce Form SD filings with the SEC that will show data received in the current year after June 21, 2017. This will demonstrate the necessary due diligence that is a hallmark of reasonable country of origin inquiry (RCOI). Also, any effort in communicating a requirement and expectations to a supplier can be similarly used in the Form SD.