Category Archives: Priority chemicals

Nine new substances of very high concern proposed by ECHA

 Authorisation in REACH The first step of the authorisation procedure in the REACH chemicals regulation is the identification of substances of very high concern (SVHC) and their inclusion in the Candidate List. For identification of SVHC substances ECHA or member states are preparing Annex XV dossiers. SVHC substances are: Carcinogenic, Mutagenic or toxic to Reproduction (CMR),…
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The hazardous flame retardant HBCDD banned in EU – with exemptions

  In News posts from March 2, March 18, April 25 and June 13, 2014 the background for the interests in this hazardous chemical HBCDD were explained. A popular review is available: HBCDD_blue_2013_final Among others the authorisation process in the EU was explained, which has recently come to a preliminary end. In the European Commission Regulation…
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Are short-chain polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) safe substitutes for long-chains?

On 24 February and 26 February 2016 I gave lectures in Australia with the title: "Are the short-chain polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) safe alternatives?" at seminars, respectively, at the CAPIM, the University of Melbourne, and at the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage in Sydney. PFAS, such as perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), perfluorooctanoate (PFOA) and their C8-precursors, are well-known chemical hazards, and such chemicals…
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New Danish report about chemicals in toys

The Danish EPA has just published a report in Danish language with a summary in English about CMR-substances in toys for children. CMR-substances are priority chemicals and either carcinogens, mutagens or toxic for reproduction. Phthalates were not included in this study but covered by another study report. In the study 30 toy products was collected from…
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