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ECHA proposes seven substances for authorisation


Seven substances of very high concern (SVHCs) are recommended to be added to the REACH Authorisation List. 

Helsinki, 5 February 2018 - They have been prioritised from the Candidate List because of their intrinsic properties in combination with high volume and widespread uses, which may pose a threat to human health or the environment. Some of these substances are currently not used in the EU but could replace other substances recommended for or already on the Authorisation List. They are recommended to avoid regrettable substitution.

ECHA's eighth recommendation to the European Commission to prioritise substances of very high concern for authorisation includes seven substances. Two of these substances are toxic for reproduction. The other five have persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) and/or very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB) properties.

ECHA organised a public consultation on the draft recommendation between March and June 2017. The Member State Committee (MSC) considered the comments received and adopted its opinion on 11 December 2017.

ECHA took into account the comments and registration updates as well as the MSC's opinion when deciding on the substances now recommended to be added to the REACH Authorisation List (Annex XIV) and for proposing the related latest application and sunset dates. All substances that underwent public consultation are included in the final recommendation.

The final decision on the inclusion of the substances in the Authorisation List and on the dates by which companies will need to apply for authorisation to ECHA will be taken by the European Commission in collaboration with the Member States and the European Parliament.