Tuesday, July 3, 2012

ECHA Adds Thirteen Substances to Candidate List

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has added thirteen new substances of very high concern (SVHCs) to the REACH candidate list.  This list serves as a staging area for substances to be added to Annex XIV of REACH, which puts them on a track to be banned pending authorization for limited uses for limited time periods.

According to ECHA:

"Four have been identified as SVHCs under the precondition that they contain certain carcinogenic constituents above the concentration limit for classifying these substances as carcinogenic. Five of the new SVHCs have been included in the Candidate List following a scrutiny of the comments received during the public consultation and the unanimous agreement of the Member State Committee (MSC). The further eight substances, which did not receive comments challenging the identification as SVHCs during public consultation, were directly added to the Candidate List."

More information and the full candidate list of substances can be found on the ECHA site.

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