ECHA adds 15 substances to candidate hazardous chemicals list

07 December 2009 12:17  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has classified 15 chemicals as substances of very high concern, the Finland-based agency said on Monday.

Substances put on to the candidate list” may impose certain legal obligations on the suppliers and users of the chemicals.

Six of the 15 substances were indentified through a written procedure, eight by a committee meeting and one – lead chromate was included without the involvement of the agency's member state committee, because the ECHA received no public comments on its hazardous properties during the relevant consultation period, it said in a statement.

The substances also included acrylamide, refractory ceramic fibres and those used in the manufacture of anthracene and carbon black, the ECHA said.

The substances will be included on the list in January 2010, the agency said.

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By: Lucy Craymer
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