REACH – 13 New Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC)In a press release, dated 18 June 2012, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) states that 13 new substances were identified as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) under REACH (EC 1907/2006). Entries for aluminosilicate refractory ceramic fibres (Al-RCF) and zirconia aluminosilicate refractory ceramic fibres (ZrAl-RCF) included in the List in January 2010 and December 2011 have been consolidated. Therefore the ECHA Candidate List is extended from 73 to 84 substances.
After inviting interested parties to comment on the addition of the 13 new SVHC, the Member States Committee agreed on including the proposed substances to the ECHA Candidate List. Entries for aluminosilicate refractory ceramic fibres (Al-RCF) and zirconia aluminosilicate refractory ceramic fibres (ZrAl-RCF) included in the List in January 2010 and December 2011 have been consolidated. Therefore the list now contains 84 substances in total.
Once a substance is put on the candidate list, producers, importers or suppliers may have to consider communication obligations that require them to provide business clients and consumers with information on the safe use of any product containing SVHC exceeding 0.1% (w/w). Retailers have 45 days to respond to consumer inquiries regarding the presence of SVHC in the product.
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