At the ECHA Member State Committee meeting on October 2-8 in Helsinki, the Committee unanimously agreed on the identification of 14 Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) that may become subject to authorisation.
Proposals for 16 substances to be included in the ‘Candidate list’ were submitted in June 2008. During the public consultation period (July-August 2008), the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) offered comments on these 16 substances. The Member State Committee (MSC) debated on 15 substances and found unanimous agreement on the identification of 14 substances as SVHCs that may become subject to authorisation. One additional substance was already identified as SVHC without Member State Committee involvement as no comments were provided during the public consultation. These 15 substances will be included in the ‘Candidate List’ which is published on the ECHA website.
This ‘Candidate List’ of 15 SVHC will bring new responsibilities for companies using these substances. Find more information in the HEAL news article titled “Consumer right to know under REACH has started”
Visit the Chemicals Health Monitor under Chemicals Policy (including REACH) for more information on REACH itself and the process of nominating substances from “candidate list” to “authorisation list.”
Written on 3 November 2008.