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ECHA updates Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) list

June 23rd, 2014

Chemicals which meet the criteria for carcinogenicity, mutagenicity and reproductive toxicity (CMR), or (very) persistent, (very) bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT/vPvB) can be considered Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC). Being listed as a SVHC means that the substance is a candidate for selection for Annex XIV – a selection of substances requiring Authorisation for continued use.

The process is important because it aims to identify and ban the use of substances that have particularly hazardous properties, unless it can be demonstrated by the manufacturers and users that the uses are safe and/or that the social and economic benefits continued use outweigh the risks to humans and the environment. The SVHC list currently has 155 substances, including four that were recently added. The newly proposed SVHCs are cadmium chloride, a phthalate and two boron substances.

Producers and importers of SVHCs have to notify ECHA if their annual tonnage exceeds 1 tonne or if the substance is present in an article at a concentration exceeding 0.1%  by weight. They also have to tell their customers that the article contains a SVHC and indicate how it can be used safely. ECHA is in the process of evaluating whether the candidate substances will be included in the list selected for Authorisation.

Peter Fisk Associates has extensive experience in SVHCs and providing consultancy for the Authorisation process. Our expert advisers would be glad to discuss your specific  needs further regarding chemicals which may be affected by the legislation. You can contact us for further information at info@ecotoxchem.co.uk.