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SIN List update: more chemicals for REACH’s hazardous list, and producer information

The newly released version 2.1 of the SIN (Substitute It Now!) List contains 626 chemicals that the International Chemical Secretariat (ChemSec) has identified as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) based on the criteria established by the EU chemical regulation, REACH.

HEAL welcomes the new version of the SIN list, which has added more chemicals to the prior 2.0 list. The SIN list aims to facilitate and hasten the development of the REACH list of Substances of Very High Concern (the central list of most hazardous chemicals). It provides progressive companies with a helpful list of hazardous chemicals to avoid as they aim for a sustainable future. HEAL, a member of the NGO advisory group of the SIN List, continues to advocate for a toxics and EDCs free future by advocating that EU and international chemicals policies to take a precautionary approach to chemicals regulation, and to phase out hazardous chemicals as swiftly as possible.

ChemSec have identified 626 chemicals in the SIN List 2.1, and has placed new information about the producers of these SIN chemicals in the SIN List database, which was gathered from the REACH registration dossiers.

A recent development affecting the ongoing identification of Substances of Very High Concern in REACH is the release of the Commission’s 2020 Roadmap. Under the roadmap, Member States and ECHA will evaluate up to 440 substances as part of the goal to place all known relevant SVHCs on the ‘Candidate List’ by 2020, according to a preliminary estimate. The estimate is cited in the roadmap, which was sent to the Competitiveness Council (Ministers for Internal Market, Industry and Research) and the Environment Council (Environment Ministers) in February 2013. The 440 number is much lower than the figure of about 1,500 substances that was originally floated around by some EU officials.

The Commission is asking for a voluntary Risk Management Options (RMO) analysis to be performed on each substance. This RMO purports to indentify the best regulatory route to address the risks posed by a substance, either through various REACH regimes - authorisation, restriction or substance evaluation - or outside of REACH. However, the RMO process is not derived from the REACH legal text, which solely mandates the identification of SVHCS according to their intrinsically hazardous properties. Environment, health and other NGOs and trade unions have strongly criticised the RMO approach being used to determine which substances be identified as SVHCs.

Follow-up: SVHC roadmap available here

Originally posted on 14 March 2013

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