ECHA Adds 10 SVHCs for Authorization

February 17, 2013

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) have added another ten substances for authorization to the Candidate List. These substances, which are used in applications with potential worker exposure, have been classified as carcinogenic or toxic to reproduction.

This recommendation, the fourth from the ECHA, is based on the substances' hazard properties, volume used, and use related potential for human exposure. In the summer of 2012, the EPA utilized a public comment period in regards to the listed ten substances of very high concern (SVHCs), as well as the opinions of the Member State Committee.

The final decision on the inclusion of the listed ten substances in Annex XIV (the authorization list) will be made by the European Commission along with Member States and the European Parliament.

REACH's authorization regime is key to the protection of the environment and public health. By making these substances subject to authorization, REACH can ensure that the substances are properly controlled to limit risk, while at the same time encouraging alternative substances.

The ten SVHCs suggested for the Candidate List are as follows:

1. Formaldehyde, oligomeric reation products with aniline (technical MDA): Carcinogenic

2. Arsenic Acid: Carcinogenic

3. Dichromium tris(chromate): Carcinogenic

4. Strontium chromate: Carcinogenic

5. Potassium hydroxyoctaoxodi-zincatedichromate: Carcinogenic

6. Pentazinc chromate octahydroxide: Carcinogenic

7. Bis(2-methoxyethyl) ether (Diglyme): Toxic for reproduction

8. N,N-dimethylacetamide (DMAC): Toxic for reproduction

9. 1,2-dichloroethane (EDC): Carcinogenic

10. 2,2'-dichloro-4,4'-methylenedianiline (MOCA): Carcinogenic

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