ECHA, the European Chemicals Agency, will add a further 54 Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) to the REACH Candidate List this week. 23 of these were agreed by the Member States Committee (MSC) but the remaining 31 did not require agreement of the MSC. The total number of SVHCs on the Candidate List is now 138 – the original target number for ECHA at this stage of REACH implementation was 136.
For the first time the list contains two substances which are explicitly recognised as endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) which is a move welcomed by Swedish NGO ChemSec. These two EDCs are nonylphenol and octylphenoletoxilate, which is not only toxic itself but degrades to octylphenol, a homologue of nonylphenol with similar properties. The list also includes three respiratory sensitisers: diazene-1,2-dicarboxamide (ADCA), hexahydro-2-benzofuran-1,3-dione (HHPA) and hexahydromethylphthalic anhydride (MHHPA) as well as Deca-BDE, long identified in the UK as a substance of concern, and a number of perfluorinated compounds.
It will be important for member states to be able to confidently identify these new SVHCs to enforce the regulations effectively.
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