European Chemicals Agency adds six chemicals to high concern list

20 June 2013 10:54  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has added six chemicals to candidate list of substances of very high concern (SVHCs), the European Commission body said on Thursday.

The substances, the inclusion of which was unanimously agreed by the ECHA’s member state committee (MSC), include cadmium, cadmium oxide, ammonium pentadecafluorooctanoate, pentadecafluorooctanoic acid and dipentyl phthalate.

Branched, linear and ethoxylated forms of 4-nonylphenol were also added to the list, bringing the total number of substances on the candidate list to 144, the ECHA added.

Producers of articles containing any of the substances have six months from 20 June to notify the ECHA if the substance is present in quantities of over 1 tonne per producer or importer per year, and if the substance is present in articles in concentrations of 0.1% or above.

“There are exemptions from the notification obligation if the substance is already registered for the use or when exposure can be excluded,” the agency said.

The MSC failed to reach a conclusion on the identification of four phenolic benzotriazole substances as SVHCs.

The substances were originally proposed as SVHCs based on persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic properties, but the MSC suggested further discussion was necessary.


By: Tom Brown
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