Substances of High Concern Testing

Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) can be present in a variety of products like paints, inks, textiles, glues, toys, furniture, and equipment. They need to be handled with care. Owing to their dangerous nature, specific restrictions are imposed in their addition to the products of everyday use.

Last Updated: May 3rd, 2022 First Published :


Substances of High Concern Testing

The European Chemical Agency has issued standards for the manufacturing of the products in compliance with the allowed quantity of substances of high concern. It is important to notify the customers of the presence of any high concern substances in the offered products. Serious implications and rules are imposed to avoid any unfortunate event due to the presence of high concern substances. It is the duty of the manufacturers to create a user guide and inform about the safety concerns.

Image 1: Substance of high concern are tested in regulated conditions

What can be the possible hazards related to SVHC?

Substances of very high concern can prove fatal and pose risks for humans due to the following:

  • Cancer-causing abilities
  • Toxicity
  • Source of Genetic Mutations
  • Persistence and Accumulation
Image 2: Test of drugs as SVHC


The products are manufactured considering the amount of SVHC less than 0.1%. In order to ensure the safety standards, the products are tested for SVHC identification and concentration. The possible testing techniques include full testing, risk-based screening, and concentration testing.

Varied services for the efficient handling, testing, regulation, certification, assessment, and performance evaluation of Substances of Very High Concern are offered by testing labs..

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