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As a way of ensuring the quality of materials used for production, ECHA has proposed seven additional SVHCs be added to the REACH Authorization List.
These seven substances have been made a priority from the Candidate List due to their fundamental properties. As the substances are used extensively, this extensive use can constitute a threat to both the human health and the environment at large.
While some of these substances are not presently in use in the EU, they are likely to be used as replacements for other endorsed substances or those already on the Authorisation List. These substances have been recommended for authorisation to escape regrettable substitution.
The seven substances are included in the 8th recommendation of ECHA to the European Commission to prioritise substances that possess profound concern. Five of the substances have very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB) and/or persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) properties. The other two are considered toxic and should not be used due to reproduction hazards.
A public consultation on the draft recommendation was organised by ECHA between March and June 2017. The Member State Committee (MSC) reflected on the received comments and found reasons for the recommendations. The recommendation was later adopted on the 11th of December 2017.
ECHA noted the comments and registration updates, including the opinion of the Member State Committee when determining the substances. These substances were later recommended to be included in the REACH Authorisation List (Annex XIV) and to suggest the latest application and sunset dates. Each substance that went through public consultations has been added to the final recommendation.
As of now, the European Commission has yet to make its final decision on including the substances in the Authorization List. The European Commission still needs to consult the Member States and the European Parliament before a final decision is made. Once this is done, the dates for application for authorization to ECHA by companies will then be released.