EU set to tighten controls on 16 chemicals of ‘very high concern’

03 December 2010 16:32  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS)--The EU is preparing to tighten controls on 16 chemical substances of “very high concern,” the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) in Helsinki said on Friday.

The ECHA said that an EU member state committee had agreed unanimously to add eight substances of very high concern (SVHCs) to a “candidate list” under which they may become subject to authorisation under EU rules.

The eight substances are: chromium trioxide; acids generated from chromium trioxide and their oligomers; cobalt(II)sulphate; cobalt(II)dinitrate; cobalt(II)carbonate; cobalt(II)diacetate; 2-methoxyethanol; and 2-ethoxyethanol.

Those substances were either carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic (CMR) substances, ECHA said.

In addition, the member state committee agreed with the ECHA that eight other SVHCs should be subject to authorisation under EU rules.

These eight substances are: di-isobutylphthalate (DIBP); diarsenic trioxide; diarsenic pentaoxide; lead chromate; lead sulfochromate yellow (C.I. Pigment Yellow 34); lead chromate molybdate sulphate red (C.I. Pigment Red 104); tris(2-chloroethyl)phosphate (TCEP); and 2,4-dinitrotoluene (2,4-DNT).

Additional information is available on ECHA’s website.

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By: Stefan Baumgarten
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