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Two new substances of very high concern (SVHCs) added to the Candidate List

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has added two new substances of very high concern (SVHCs) to the Candidate List. The Candidate List is a list of substances that may have serious effects on human health or the environment.A series of mixed alkyl diesters were added to the ‘candidate list’ under the REACH chemicals regulation because of their reproductive toxicity when the contain 0.3% or more dihexyl phthalate. The move was proposed by Sweden.As proposed by the Netherlands, ECHA also added a group of persistent and very bio-accumulative substances including a product with the grade name karanal, which is mainly used as a fragrance ingredient.The classification occurred in accordance with Annex III of the Regulation (EU) No 944/2013 amending for the purposes of its adaptation to technical and scientific progress, Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures.

The International Chemical Secretariat (chemsec) welcomed the decision but bemoaned the slow pace of the agency's work.

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Issue 43