According to its recent progress report, ECHA is on track for its roadmap on the 2020 SVHC (substances of very high concern) candidate list. The report is a summary of the work conducted since 2016 and underlines the fact that ECHA wants to focus on substance groups.

L’inventaire européen des substances SVHC est en bonne voie pour 2020

Progress of the SVHC roadmap

In its third report on the SVHC roadmap, the Agency said that its main focus was getting more data on other substances of potential concern. To do so, it had to regroup structurally similar substances to speed up the process.

This roadmap shows the progress of the project in terms of screening and assessment of substances of concern, as well as risk management option analysis (RMOA) measures, carried out in 2016 and planned for 2017.

The progress also describes the different substance groups, the hazard properties as well as the efficiency of the tools used.

Some statistics on the substances screened by ECHA

More than 300 substances to screen in 2016

In 2016, 305 substances were added to the shortlist for this project: 288 substances were added as a result of IT-screening and 17 were added by member states.

72% of these substances required different procedures:

  • 38 for a compliance check,
  • 36 for the Community rolling action plan (Corap),
  • 18 for the harmonised classification and labelling (CLH),
  • 14 for the Risk Management Options Analysis (RMOA),

For 51 substances, an assessment on structurally similar substances is ongoing Over 150 substances were selected for a « manual » screening during 2017.

Note that between 2012 and 2016:

  • 173 substances were assessed to potentially be PBT/vPvB (persistent, bioaccumulative and/or toxic)
  • 73 substances had potentially Endocrine Disrupting properties,
  • 116 substances were assessed as CMRs (carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic)

A slight increase in Risk Management Options Analysis

According to the report, the number of RMOAs under development, or concluded, increased slightly in 2016, with 159 substances listed since 2013. Conclusions on 67 RMOAs have been published, with around half identified as SVHCs.

Note that four RMOA were developed in 2016 for large groups of substances, which enabled to cover a large number of substances. The four groups considered were:

  • perfluorinated carboxylic acids (PFCA) including their salts and precursors;
  • perchloric acid and its salts;
  • skin sensitising substances in textile articles; and
  • phenol, dodecyl-, sulphurised, carbonates, calcium salts.

You want to know more on substance prioritisation under REACH?

In the context of ECHA’s evaluation on the hazardness of different substances listed in Europe, it is possible to anticipate the substances, which could be subject to future regulatory restrictions.

EcoMundo’s experts have developped a methodology to assess, for one given portfolio, the substances most at-risk from a regulatory perspective. This enables you, from the design stage of your new products, to choose your chemical substances wisely.

To learn more, do not hesitate to consult our page on Chemical Substance securing. You can also send an email to [email protected], or call us on +33 1 83 64 20 54 (Europe) or on +1 778 231 1607 (North America) for more information. Our experts are at your service!

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