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HEAL participates in committee deciding on six harmful chemicals including EDCs

Earlier in June, HEAL participated in the committee of Europe’s chemical agency which identified six chemicals, including endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) to be placed on Europe’s list of most harmful chemicals and to be strictly controlled in the REACH system.

The Member State Committee (MSC) of Europe’s chemical agency (ECHA) unanimously agreed to identify six new chemicals as substances of very high concern (SVHC) at their recent meeting in Helsinki.

This agreement followed the MSC’s analysis of the comments received during a public consultation and documentation substantiating their hazards in accordance with Article 57 of REACH. The six substances have been added to the Candidate List for authorisation which now contains 144 substances.

Originally the Committee was supposed to decide on 10 harmful chemicals but agreed that it is currently not possible to conclude on the identification of four phenolic benzotriazole substances as SVHCs. The Committee suggested that there should be further expert discussions before reaching a final conclusion, and therefore these UV-substances will not be added to the Candidate List for now.

Producers and importers who have articles that contain any of the six substances have a legal obligation to notify the ECHA over the next six months if the following conditions apply: the substance is present in those articles in quantities which in total is over one ton per producer or importer per year and; the substance is present in those articles above a concentration of 0.1% weight by weight. There are exemptions from the notification obligation if the substance is already registered for the use or when exposure can be excluded.

Originally posted on 23 July 2013

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