The European Chemicals Agency started public consultation March 9 on eight proposed substances proposed for designation as being of very high concern, the first for 2021. These include several chemicals with uses in lubricants, lubricant additives and corrosion inhibitors.
According to the agency, SVHCs are chemicals that are carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction, persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic or very persistent and very bioaccumulative and chemicals that pose an equivalent level of concern like endocrine disruptors and sensitizers. For 2020, the candidate list contained 211 substances, the agency said in a Feb. 4 news release about the SVHC 2020 roadmap. If the eight proposals from March 9 are accepted, the candidate list would grow to 219. Interested parties can submit comments until April 23.
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