Further 13 chemicals may be identified as SVHC by EU

28 February 2012 11:53  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--A further 13 chemicals could be identified as substances of very high concern (SVHC) under the EU’s Reach chemicals control legislation, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) said on Tuesday.

Reach – the registration, evaluation and regulation of chemicals – is the EU chemical regulation programme.

Chemicals with a wide variety of uses in industry and commerce are included among the 13 that have been classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction. Certain EU member states and the ECHA have identified them as possible candidates for control under Reach guidelines.

The ECHA said it is seeking comments on the use and toxicity of the substances, which could be included on the Candidate List of SVHC. Substances on the list will be required to be authorised for use in the EU under the Reach regulations and may require further toxicity testing.

Currently, the ECHA is requesting industry data on tonnages used in the market, the structure of supply chains and possible safe alternatives.

So far, 73 SVHC have been included on the Candidate List.


By: Nigel Davis
+44 20 8652 3214



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