Tuesday, February 28, 2012

ECHA Proposes to List 13 Chemicals as Substances of Very High Concern Under REACH

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has proposed to add 13 additional chemicals to their candidate list of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC).  Each of the chemicals "is classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction."  Stakeholders and other interested parties are urged to comment on the proposed listings.  Besides toxicity, "information on the uses of the substances is invited."

The public consultation "will be open for 45 days and will end on 12 April 2012."  After the consultation period, ECHA will consider all comments and then make final decisions on including the substances on the candidate list.  Eventually these substances could be included on the REACH Annex XIV Authorisation List. If that happens then companies will have to apply for authorisation, that is, apply to have their substance remain on the market, usually only for specific controllable uses, limited volumes, and for a limited period of time while substitutes are developed.

More information and the list of chemicals can be found on the ECHA web site.

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