Allison Tracy is a Chemicals Policy Fellow. Richard Denison, Ph.D., is a Senior Scientist.
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) issued a press release on Tuesday announcing the addition of seven chemicals to the Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) under the European Union’s REACH Regulation. [Update 6/20/11: The formal addition of these substances to the candidate list, the initial announcement of which this post addressed, happened today. See ECHA's press release, which also contains some additional information about the uses of these chemicals. The full candidate list including these seven substances is available here.]
All of the chemicals are officially classified as Carcinogenic, Mutagenic or Reproductive toxicants (CMRs). Their addition brings the total number of chemicals on the Candidate List to 53. Adding a chemical to REACH’s Candidate List is the first step toward subjecting it to REACH’s Authorization process, whereby the chemical can be used only if specifically authorized by EU authorities.
In this brief post we present a bit more information on these latest seven SVHCs, including the extent of their presence in U.S. commerce and their main uses. Read More