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September 1, 2009

ECHA Begins Public Consultation on 15 Potential SVHCs

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

Today the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published Annex XV dossiers for the identification of 15 chemicals as substances of very high concern (SVHC) under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation.  The substances were proposed by European Union member states and the European Commission, and are identified as carcinogenic, mutagenic, or toxic to reproduction (CMR), or persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT).  ECHA asks that comments on the dossiers “particularly focus on the hazardous properties that qualify the chemicals as SVHCs.”  In addition, parties may provide further information on the uses, exposures, and availability of safer alternative substances or techniques, although ECHA notes that “these aspects will mainly be considered at the next stage of the process which includes a new round of public consultation.”  Comments are due October 15, 2009.  The Annex XV dossiers are available on the Internet at

The proposed SVHCs include:

Substance IdentificationAuthorityReason for Proposing
Substance NameCAS NumberEC Number
Anthracene oil90640-80-5292-602-7GermanyPBT
Anthracene oil, anthracene paste, distn. Lights91995-17-4295-278-5GermanyPBT
Anthracene oil, anthracene paste, anthracene fraction91995-15-2295-275-9GermanyPBT
Anthracene oil, anthracene-low90640-82-7292-604-8GermanyPBT
Anthracene oil, anthracene paste90640-81-6292-603-2GermanyPBT
Diisobutyl phthalate84-69-5201-553-2GermanyCMR
Aluminosilicate, Refractory Ceramic Fibres(650-017-00-8) GermanyCMR
Zirconia Aluminosilicate, Refractory Ceramic Fibres(650-017-00-8) GermanyCMR
Lead chromate7758-97-6231-846-0FranceCMR
Lead chromate molybdate sulfate red (C.I. Pigment Red 104)12656-85-8235-759-9FranceCMR
Lead sulfochromate yellow (C.I. Pigment Yellow 34)1344-37-2215-693-7FranceCMR
Tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate115-96-8204-118-5AustriaCMR
Coal tar pitch, high temperature65996-93-2266-028-2European CommissionPBT/CMR

ECHA’s Member State Committee will review comments received during the consultation period as it decides whether it agrees with the proposed identification of the substances as SVHCs.  If the Committee unanimously agrees to the proposals, ECHA will place the substances on the Candidate List, which already contains 15 substances.  Candidate List substances may eventually be included on the list of substances subject to authorization under REACH.  In this case, after a transition period, they can only be used if a specific authorization is granted.  Information requirements for suppliers of substances, preparations, and articles containing these substances will also follow from the inclusion of the substances in the Candidate List.

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