03 September 2012 12:29 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has launched a public consultation on 54 materials that could qualify as substances of very high concern (SVHCs), the agency said on Monday.
The majority of the chemicals have been selected as candidates for SVHC status on the basis of their classifications as carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction. The full list of chemicals under review can be found here.
The ECHA is also requesting information on the uses of the substances, including data on tonnage per use and on the availability of safer alternative materials and techniques. The consultation is open for 45 days, concluding on 18 October.
Chemicals deemed to qualify as SVHC will face further investigation and may be classified as “subject to authorisation” under the EU’s Reach chemicals control legislation. Reach – the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals – is the EU chemical regulation programme.
Materials classified as subject to authorisation cannot be used or sold within the EU without obtaining permission for their specific use from the ECHA. The current list of candidates for the classification can be found here.
The EU is preparing a review of Reach since the regulation was launched in 2007, and will be publishing a series of reports on aspects of its performance over the next few months.
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