by Eleanor Grimes
Four new substances were added to the Candidate List for authorisation on 16 July 2019 due to concerns over their effects on human health or to the environment.
The inclusion of a substance on the Candidate List is due to their Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC) properties, which can impact either human health or the environment. Once included on this list, companies have an obligation to notify if they produce articles that contain this substance at or above 0.1%, and for chemical products there is a requirement to produce a SDS if requested when the substance is present at the same concentration.
The Candidate List is part of the European Chemical Agency’s (ECHA) mechanism to reduce the volume of SVHC chemicals in use. Once a chemical has been added to the Candidate List, it can then be put forward for inclusion in the Authorisation List (REACH Annex XIV) via the Community Rolling Action Plan (CoRAP).
Recommended Action items:
- Check your formulations, and if necessary update any SDS, documents accordingly.
- In the long term consider the necessity of the substance in the product, as you may need to either make sure a suitable authorisation application is put in or reformulate.
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