17 January 2013 14:38 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has recommended ten chemical substances of very high concern (SVHC) for authorisation from its candidate list under EU rules, the agency said on Thursday.
The chemicals are classified as carcinogenic or toxic to reproduction and are used in applications where there is potential for worker exposure, the ECHA added.
“The 10 new substances have been prioritised based on their hazard properties, volumes used, and use related potential for exposure to humans,” the agency said.
“For each substance recommended for inclusion in Annex XIV [the authorisation list], a deadline (the sunset date) is suggested after which companies will only be able to use it within the EU if an authorisation has been granted,” it added.
The final decision on the inclusion of the substances in the authorisation list and on their deadline dates will be taken by the European Commission in collaboration with member states and the European Parliament.
A list of the ten SVHCs subject to authorisation can be seen here.
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