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SVHC - Lead Methane Sulphonate

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has added Lead Methane Sulphonate to the candidate list of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) on 18 June2012. It is therefore necessary to check whether there is a duty of notification according to article 33 of Directive 1907/2006/EC (REACH Directive).

Inclusion in the candidate list is relevant to the following products of our delivery program:

  • Lead Concentrate FP
  • Matt Lead MSN Solution
  • Tin - Lead Slotolet Solutions


These processes use the Lead Methane Sulphonate to deposit Lead or Tin / Lead alloys and it is the metal that is included on any finished article so there is no duty of notification according to article 33 of Directive 1907/2006/EC.

Due to the proposed inclusion of Lead Methane Sulphonate in the SVHC candidate list, the Schloetter group as the supplier of preparations, is obliged to make the corresponding classification in the Material Safety Data Sheet.

For reasons of product responsibility, Schloetter has already made the new classification of Lead Methane Sulphonate according to the 1st and 2nd   ATP (Adaptation to Technical Progress).  All additional information, demanded by its inclusion in the SVHC candidate list, is therefore already included in the product Material Safety Data Sheet.

T = Toxic
H360DF = May damage the unborn child and is suspected of damaging fertility


The authorisation process to use a SVHC after the "sunset date" is a long and expensive process which is not justified from the current scale of business. Schloetter will therefore, regrettably not be supplying materials containing Lead Methane Sulphonate after that date.

We will keep customers informed of the "sunset date" when it is published, which is likely to be around 2018.

Schloetter can provide alternative lead free processes for most applications and we recommend that you ask our technical department for advice.

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