Friday, June 18, 2010
ECHA Adds Eight New Substances of Very High Concern to the REACH Candidate List
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) recently added eight additional chemical substances to the candidate list of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC). Once on the candidate list the substances are eligible for entry onto Annex XIV and the authorization phase of REACH. Authorization means that companies would have to first apply to be "authorized" for continued use, but that use could be very much restricted and only for a limited period of time while substitutes are being developed.
The eight substances and the criteria for listing are:
Anhydrous disodium tetraborate - Reproductive toxicity
Boric acid - Reproductive toxicity
Ammonium dichromate - Carcinogenicity, Mutagenicity, and Reproductive toxicity
Potassium chromate - Carcinogenicity, Mutagenicity
Potassium dichromate - Carcinogenicity, Mutagenicity, and Reproductive toxicity
Sodium chromate - Carcinogenicity, Mutagenicity, and Reproductive toxicity
Tetraboron disodium heptaoxide hydrate - Reproductive toxicity
Trichloroethylene - Carcinogenicity
The addition of these SVHCs brings the total number of substances to date on the candidate list to 38, with the intent to increase the number listed to 135 by 2012.
More information on the candidate list can be found on the ECHA website.