Design Chain Associates (DCA) recently drew attention to a new set of chemicals proposed for disclosure by the European Chemicals Agency. The agency issued a press release stating that a 45-day consultation period began on September 1 for selection of the next set of candidate substances of very high concern (SVHCs). The agency also issued a list of the substances.
The next step after the 45-day period is over is for the European Chemical Agency the European Union member states to review the comments and decide on the final list of SVHCs. When that is announced, the new chemicals approved for disclosure by the agency and member states will immediately be reportable under article 33 of REACH in addition to the previous 15 substances. DCA notes we can expect new addition twice a year.
Michael Kirschner, president of Design Chain Associates notes that the proposal centers on disclosure, not restriction. “Restriction does not occur for a long time,” says Kirschner. “Out of the original 15 identified last October, for instance, seven were further proposed for authorization in substances to be used for specific applications by companies and their supply chains, but only if certain requirements were met.
DCA is a firm that helps companies manage REACH compliance.