The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has proposed a further 38 Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) to be added to the REACH Candidate List at the end of August.
This will bring the number of substances on the Candidate List to 136 – one more than the target of 135 set by the European Commission in 2010.
These substances – the full list can be found here – are in addition to those proposed by some Member States. 15 new substances have been proposed for the Candidate List by Member States including Decabromodiphenyl ether (Deca-BDE), a fire retardant claimed to have PBT (persistent bioaccumulative toxic chemical) properties. The proposal of deca-BDE to the list has been criticised by EU flame retardant manufacturers.
The ECHA list contains many lead compounds including tetraethyl lead, prevously used as a fuel additive for many years prior to the advent of unleaded petrol.
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