Wednesday, June 15, 2011

ECHA: The Member State Committee identifies seven new Substances of Very High Concern

Seven Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) will soon be added to the Candidate List. During its 18th meeting, the Member State Committee also unanimously agreed on four draft decisions based on ECHA’s testing proposal examination and on five draft decisions based on compliance checks.

The seven new substances identified as SVHCs are: 2-ethoxyethylacetate, strontium chromate, 1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C7-11 branched and linear alkyl esters (DHNUP), hydrazine, 1-methyl-2-pyrrolidone, 1,2,3-trichloropropane, 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid and di-C6-8-branched alkyl esters, C7-rich (DIHP). These substances are either carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic (CMR) substances. DHNUP and DIHP will complement the Candidate List with two additional phthalates.

In addition, as a result of the procedure for identification as SVHC a new identification basis (toxic for reproduction) will be added for cobalt(II)chloride that is already on the Candidate List because of its carcinogenic hazards. No comments challenging the new identification basis were received during public consultation and thus no formal agreement of MSC was needed for this case.

The Candidate List will be updated soon as the seven new substances and the “toxic for reproduction” will be added as the basis for identification as an SVHC for cobalt (II)chloride .

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