ECHA Launches Public Consultation on Two Potential SVHCs

Top Quote The ECHA has launched two public consultations on potential Substances of Very High Concern. Interested parties have until April 24, 2017, to submit relevant comments to the ECHA. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) March 23, 2017 - The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has launched public consultations on two potential Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC). The public consultations, the first in 2017, will look at:
    • 4,4'-Isopropylidenediphenol (Bisphenol A)
    • Perfluorohexane-1-sulphonic acid and its salts

    If the proposals are adopted, the SVHC candidate list will expand to 174 substances.

    Bisphenol A was previously included in the SVHC candidate list in January 2017 based on its classification as toxic to reproduction, category 1B, according to CLP Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008. It is now being recommended for additional SVHC listing due to its endocrine disrupting properties in accordance with Article 57(f) of REACH for effects in relation to human health. It has a number of uses, including:
    • Anti-oxidant for processing PVC
    • Use in epoxy resin hardeners, epoxy adhesives and encapsulants
    • Manufacture of thermal paper, polycarbonate, epoxy resins, coating materials

    The second substance, Perfluorohexane-1-sulphonic acid and its salts (PFHxS), is under consideration for inclusion on the SVHC candidate list due to its very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB) properties. PFHxS is a known impurity during production of Heptadecafluorooctane-1-sulphonic acid (PFOS) and could be used as an alternative to PFOS. Its uses include:
    • Component of fire-fighting foam
    • Surfactants
    • Manufacture of fluoropolymers
    • Water and stain protective coatings for carpets, paper and textiles

    The ECHA launched these public consultations on March 9, 2017, and interested parties have until April 24, 2017, to submit comments and further information on use, exposure, alternatives and risks associated with the substances.

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