EU General Court confirms ECHA’s assessment of PBTs, vPvBs

08 March 2013 15:53  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--The EU General Court has agreed on a ruling which confirms the European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA) assessment of anthracene oil, anthracene oil (low), anthracene oil (paste), and coal tar high pitch as substances of very high concern (SVHCs), the ECHA said on Friday.

A number of companies took action before the court for the partial annulment of the ECHA's decisions which identifies these chemicals as persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) and/or very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB) substances.

The ECHA also included the chemicals in the candidate list of SVHCs under the EU’s registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals (Reach) legislation.

The ECHA said the ruling confirms its approach in identifying unknown, or variable composition, or of biological origin (UVCB) substances on the basis of their constituent ingredients present in a concentration of 0.1% or more is lawful.

“The court also upheld that ECHA's decisions were proportionate and did not breach the principle of equal treatment,” it added in a statement.

The agency also said the court further ruled after a substance “has been identified by ECHA as having PBT and/or vPvB properties, suppliers of these substances are legally required to update their safety data sheets with this information.”

“ECHA considers that this ruling is a clear reminder to registrants that in their chemical safety assessment of UVCBs and other multi-constituent substances they have to identify and take into account the properties of the constituents of these substances,” it said.

By: Franco Capaldo
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