March 21, 2019｜Written by GreenSoft Technology, Inc.
ECHA is holding a consultation period on the proposal to add three new substances to the EU REACH SVHC Candidate List
Last week, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced the start of a consultation period to evaluate proposals to add three substances to the EU REACH regulation Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) Candidate List.
The substances proposed for inclusion on the SVHC List are:
- 2,3,3,3-tetrafluoro-2-(heptafluoropropoxy)propionic acid, its salts and its acyl halides (covering any of their individual isomers and combinations thereof) for the reason of having probable serious effects on the environment (Article 57f) and having probable serious effects on human health (Article 57f)
- 2-methoxyethyl acetate for the reason of being toxic for reproduction
- Tris(4-nonylphenyl, branched and linear) phosphite (TNPP) with ≥ 0.1% w/w of 4-nonylphenol, branched and linear (4-NP) for the reason of having endocrine disrupting properties (Article 57(f) – environment)
The consultation period for interested parties to submit comments to ECHA related to uses, volumes per use, exposure, alternatives and risks of the substances started on 13 March and ends on 29 April 2019. Information on the substance proposals and consultation period can be found on the ECHA website.
If the substances do become recommended for inclusion on the SVHC List, affected companies using the substances in their products will become subject to the substance limits and other requirements of the EU REACH regulation. The official recommendation for inclusion would likely come in June or July of this year, and would bring the SVHC list up to 200 substances.