Friday, December 2, 2011

ECHA to Set Up Expert PBT Group

One of the main set of criteria for identifying and classifying substances of very high concern (SVHC) in Europe under the REACH regulation are whether the substance exhibits Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic (PBT) properties or Very Persistent/Very Bioaccummulative (vPvB) properties.  Now the European Chemicals Agency in Helsinki is putting together a PBT expert group.  The group would address scientific issues related to PBT, both those already identified and those yet to arise.

ECHA has already in place at least two guidance documents related to identification of PBTs - Part C and Chapter R.11.  Criteria are also discussed in Annex XIII of the REACH regulation.

The new group would be staffed by experts nominated by each EU Member State, as well as three representatives each from both industry and NGOs.

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