ECHA proposes five ”high-volume” SVHCs for authorisation

10 February 2014 17:32 Source:ICIS News

LONDON (ICIS)--The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has proposed five substances of very high concern (SVHCs) for authorisation, the Finland-headquartered regulator said on Monday.

ECHA added that the substances - which include those used in the rubber and plastics and paints and coatings industries – have been prioritised because “they are used in high volumes and have widespread applications which may pose a threat to human health or the environment.”

The materials under discussion include N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF), used for production of coated textiles and synthetic fibres, diazene-1,2-dicarboxamide (C,C'-azodi (formamide)) (ADCA), an agent in the plastics and rubber industry, and Aluminosilicate Refractory Ceramic Fibres (Al-RCF), a ceramic-metal composite reinforcement used as insulation for high-temperature industries.

Another insulator, Zirconia Aluminosilicate Refractory Ceramic Fibres (Zr-RCF), and 4-(1,1,3,3-tetramethylbutyl) phenol, ethoxylated (4-tert-Octylphenol ethoxylates) (4-tert-OPnEO), used in paints and coating products, emulsion and polymerisation, are also under discussion.

ECHA added that it took into consideration comments from its public consultation on the materials, launched last year, and the view of the member states committee from December 2013.

The final decision on the inclusion of the materials in Annex XIV – the authorisation list – will be taken by the European Commission in cooperation with member state representatives, ECHA added.

By Tom Brown