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ECHA Publishes SVHC Implementation Roadmap by Nick Boley
December 11, 2013, 09:42
Filed under: chemicals, ECHA, REACH/CLP | Tags: ,

ECHA, the European Chemicals Agency, has published an implementation plan for its roadmap for substances of very high concern (SVHCs) to 2020. The roadmap itself can be found here.

The plan gives priority to substances with SVHC properties which are registered for non-intermediate uses within the scope of authorisation such as:

  • carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic substances (CMRs)
  • endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs)
  • persistent and bioaccumulative substances (PBTs)

The European Commission has published a target of having all known SVHCs included on the REACH Candidate List by 2020, which is a very challenging task. Once SVHCs have been identified and their toxicity established, monitoring will need to be carried out to ensure that Regulations are being complied with. Methods for the identification of these substances, for their extraction and measurement in articles, as well as unambiguous nomenclature, will be needed to  ensure that the Regulations can be effectively enforced.

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