Details The Member State Committee (MSC) of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has added seven new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) to the Candidate List, bringing the total to 151 substances. As foreseen by REACH, a specific procedure will be followed to decide whether the substances should also be included in the List of substances subject to authorization (Annex XIV of the REACH Regulation).
- Cadmium sulphide was added as it is carcinogenic and identified as being of an equivalent concern based on probable serious effects to human health, specifically due to the effects on kidney and bone.
- Disodium 3,3'-[[1,1'-biphenyl]-4,4'-diylbis(azo)]bis(4-aminonaphthalene-1-sulphonate) (C.I. Direct Red 28) and Disodium 4-amino-3-[[4'-[(2,4-diaminophenyl)azo][1,1'-biphenyl]-4-yl]azo] -5-hydroxy-6-(phenylazo)naphthalene-2,7-disulphonate (C.I. Direct Black 38) are also identified as being carcinogenic.
- Dihexyl phthalate, Imidazolidine-2-thione (2-imidazoline-2-thiol), Lead di(acetate), and Trixylyl phosphate are identified as being toxic for reproduction.
Why It Matters REACH regulation requires that when a chemical substance is added to the SVHC Candidate List, producers and importers of articles containing any of the seven substances included in the Candidate List have six months, from December 16, 2013 to notify ECHA if both of the following conditions apply: (i) the substance is present in those articles in quantities totaling over one ton per producer or importer per year and (ii) the substance is present in those articles above a concentration of 0.1% weight by weight.
Companies applying for continued use of an SVHC chemical substance must demonstrate that the risks associated with the use of these substances are adequately controlled, or that the socio-economic benefits from their use outweigh the risks. Applicants must also investigate replacing these chemical substances with safer alternatives or technologies.
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