Helsinki - Following its 7 - 8 Oct meeting in Helsinki, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Member State Committee has unanimously agreed on the identification of 14 substances of very high concern (SVHC), "that may become subject to authorisation," the agency announced 9 Oct.
An additional substance had already been identified as an SVHC without Member State Committee involvement, as no comments were provided during the public consultation, ECHA said.
Substances on the candidate list include amongst others, MDA, used to manufacture MDI for PU production, DEHP, DBP and BBP plasticisers used in polymer resins and SCCPs used in flame retardants for adhesives and sealants.
"These 15 are only the first substances of very high concern identified through the formal process," said executive director of ECHA, Geert Dancet. "The EU Member States and ECHA are preparing new proposals and the candidate list will thus be updated." The agency said inclusion on the candidate list will be "solely based on the specific intrinsic hazardous properties of the substance (as described by Article 57 of REACH)."
Those substances will then be assessed and may be subject to authorisation under Annex XIV of the REACH regulation. The first substances that in its opinion should be placed in Annex XIV (Authorisation List) will be proposed to the European Commission by 1 June 2009, the Agency said.
Any substances included on the authorised list cannot be manufactured or imported in the EU from a specific date set by the Commission, unless the companies have obtained an authorisation for their specific use, adding "this authorisation can either be granted because the risks are controlled or because the socio-economic benefits outweigh the risks."