Tuesday, August 30, 2011
EU Proposes to Ban 20 Chemical Substances
Nineteen of the 20 substances are proposed because of their "potentially serious effects on human health." These are classified as carcinogenic and/or toxic for reproduction. One substance is proposed to be identified as a "substance of equivalent concern...because of its endocrine disrupting properties and potential for serious effects to the environment."
The substances are listed in the table of the ECHA press release here.
Interested parties have until October 13, 2011 to comment on any of the proposed SVHCs. ECHA notes that comments "should focus primarily on the hazardous properties that qualify the chemicals as SVHCs and on the substance identity." They also ask for "further information on the uses, exposures and availability of safer alternative substances or techniques."
Unless dropped from the list based on comments received, these 20 will join the 53 substances already on the Candidate List. Some of these have already been added to Annex XIV.
More information on the REACH authorization process can be found on ECHA's web site.