An article in Electronics Weekly notes that earlier this year the European Commission’s industry and environment departments agreed on long-awaited guidance that paved the way for companies to seek authorizations for Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) under the REACH regulations.
The guidance had been delayed because the two departments had differing views on the requirements for applicants. Finally, it was agreed the applicants need not submit a substitute plan but provide a timeline indicating when substitutes might become available. The marketing and use of chemicals on this authorization list will be prohibited unless producers can show there is a strong enough case to allow them.
Member states have now voted to add the first six SVHCs to the authorization list for special approval (Annex XIV).