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ECHA adds 54 substances of 'Very High Concern' under REACH.

On December 17, 2012, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) released a statement that it intended to add 54 substances to the Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) list. Inclusion on the SVHC list is based on a chemical's carcinogenicity, mutagenicity, toxicity for reproduction, and persistent/bioaccumulative properties. The SVHC list includes chemicals that could later be banned under the European Union's REACH law.

With these proposed additions, the SVHC list now totals 138 chemicals. This surpasses the agency's 2010 goal to have 136 chemicals listed before the close of 2012.

This may impact the current product line for those companies who sell paints and coatings inside the European Union.

The updated list, released on December 19, can be found at:

ECHA further stated that, while 23 of the 54 new chemicals were reviewed by a committee of experts, the remaining 31 were added to the SVHC without review by a committee of experts.

The member state committee is also proposing the addition of 10 substances from the SVHC list to the Annex XIV of REACH, effectively banning the chemicals unless special permission for continued use is granted. The substances are (1) 1,2-dichloroethane; (2) 2,2'-dichloro-4,4'-methyl-enedianiline; (3) arsenic acid; (4) bis(2-methoxyethyl) ether (diglyme); (5) dichromium tris(chromate); (6) formaldehyde; (7) N,N-dimethylacetamide; (8) pentazinc chromate octahy-droxide; (9) potassium hydroxyoctaoxodizincatedichromate; and (10) strontium chromate. Although, ECHA has proposed prohibiting these chemicals, the European Commission has the ultimate authority to ban such chemicals.

Contact ACA's Alexandra Whittaker (, Stephen Wieroniey ( or Steve Sides ( for more information.
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Title Annotation:ACA Issues In-Depth
Publication:JCT CoatingsTech
Date:Feb 1, 2013
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