Proposals to identify Substances of Very High Concern current consultations
In the framework of the authorisation process, Member States Competent Authorities or the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), on request of the European Commission, may prepare Annex XV dossiers for the identification of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC). SVHC are defined in Article 57 of Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 ("the REACH Regulation") and include substances which are:
- Carcinogenic, Mutagenic or toxic to Reproduction (CMR), meeting the criteria for classification in category 1 or 2 in accordance with Directive 67/548/EEC. This directive was recently replaced by the new EU regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of chemical substances and mixtures, the so-called CLP Regulation. According to the new CLP Regulation these substances shall be classified as 1a or 1b.
- Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic (PBT) or very Persistent and very Bioaccumulative (vPvB) according to the criteria in Annex XIII of the REACH Regulation,
- Identified, on a case-by-case basis, from scientific evidence as causing probable serious effects to human health or the environment of an equivalent level of concern as those above (e.g. endocrine disrupters)
The Annex XV reports, prepared by a Member State or the Agency, are available in the table below for information. Interested parties have 45 days from the date of publication to provide comments to the Agency on the identification of the substance as SVHC as well as further information related to use, exposure, alternatives and risks. It would facilitate the evaluation of comments to receive them in English.
The interested parties are requested to provide a non-confidential version of their comments/information in the relevant field(s) of the commenting form of each substance, which ECHA may make available to the public. There is an opportunity to attach confidential details to support the non-confidential information (see detailed instructions in the commenting form). In this case a justification must be given by the submitting party explaining why the information is confidential. Such confidential information will only be used by ECHA, including its Committees.