ECHA says that they will add 40 new SVHC’s

ECHA Expects To Add 40 Substances To Candidate List Of SVHCs: European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Executive Director Geert Dancet stated on October 4, 2010, that, in 2011, ECHA expects to add 40 substances to the candidate list of substances of very high concern (SVHC) for authorization under the REACH program.

Beginning in 2011, ECHA will oversee new listings twice a year, with consultations on member state or EC proposals in the Spring and Fall, and an update to the candidate list completed each June and December. The EC stated in March 2010 that more than 100 substances should be listed as candidates for restrictions or bans by 2012.

Once substances are included on the candidate list, substance bans can be imposed after further consultations and assessments, with limited authorizations allowed only for specific uses. The first substances were added to the candidate list in October 2008, and the EU REACH Committee provisionally approved the first set of bans for six substances on September 21, 2010:

  • 5-tert-butyl-2,4,6-trinitro-m-xylene (musk xylene)
  • 4,4′-diaminodiphenylmethane
  • hexabromocyclododecane (& all major diastereoisomers)
  • di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate
  • benzyl butyl phthalate
  • dibutyl phthalate¬†

The approval could still be blocked by EU member states or the EP.

Trade unions and non-governmental organizations have criticized the process as too slow, claiming that workers and the environment continue to be exposed to substances that are known to be hazardous. While Spain’s Union Institute of Work, Environment, and Health has urged adding approximately 1,500 substances already classified as category 1 or 2 carcinogenic, mutagenic, or reprotoxic (CMR) to the candidate list, ECHA has rejected this approach. An ECHA spokesperson stated that it was “most important that the right substances [are] enter[ed] on the candidate list,” and that the aim should be a “useful regulatory outcome.” For more information on the candidate list is¬†contact us or go to http://www.echa.europa.eu/chem_data/authorisation_process/candidate_list_table_en.asp

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