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ECHA Receives First Authorisation Application by Nick Boley
August 16, 2013, 08:26
Filed under: chemicals, ECHA, REACH/CLP | Tags: ,

The European Chemicals Agency, ECHA has received its first application for the authorisation of a chemical under REACH.

Rolls Royce plc have applied for authorisation of bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), used in the manufacture of aero engine fan blades. The consultation closes on 9 October.

Authorisations can be granted when a chemical, recognised as being a substance of very high concern (SVHC), is critical in a process for which no alternative chemical currently exists which will do the job to an equivalent standard. Authorisation can be put in place for a set time during which alternatives need to be investigated and, where appropriate, implemented.

This application, being the first, will be studied closely by all relevant organisations – both industry and enforcement bodies – to see how it proceeds and what lessons can be learned.

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