REACH Update: 300 Chemicals on SIN List Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 23 September 2008 13:46
BRUSSELS – The EU environmental NGOs, via The International Chemical Secretariat today introduced a list of some 300 chemical substances considered of “very high concern” and suitable for disclosing, says Design Chain Associates.

The substances are compiled in the SIN (Substitute It Now) list, introduced in Brussels today.

NGOs believe these 300 chemical substances should be considered candidates for Substances of Very High Concern in REACH legislation, according to DCA. And DCA says this list should be taken seriously, as “serious scientists” compiled it.

Previously, the European Chemicals Agency published a proposed list of 16 substances. If all goes according to plan, they expect the first candidate list to be approved – barring dissent – on Oct. 22, according to Geert Dancet, head of ECHA. According to article 33 of REACH, after that date, a manufacturer must disclose to customers if any of these 16 substances are contained in a product in an amount over 0.1% weight-by-weight, also providing safe use information.

Dancet indicated the expectation that the candidate list would be updated annually, but was somewhat noncommittal, says DCA.
 

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