ECHA adds 54 ‘substances of very high concern’ to candidate list

19 December 2012 13:04  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has added 54 chemical materials identified as substances of very high concern (SVHC) to its candidate list for authorisation under EU rules, the agency said on Wednesday.

The addition of 54 new SVHCs brings the total number of materials on the agency’s candidate list to 138, beating the target of 136 substances on the list by the end of 2012, set by Antonio Tajani, European Commission vice president responsible for industry, and European Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potocnik.

The ECHA said 44 of the SVHCs added to the candidate list were identified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction

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.

By: Tom Brown
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