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24/03/2017

EU: ECHA adopted Community rolling action plan for evaluation of 22 dangerous substances

In the coming three years, 22 EU Member States will evaluate 115 substances, out of which 22 are newly-selected and 93 have been selected earlier. From the date of adoption, the Member States have 12 months to evaluate the 22 substances specified for 2017

The substances are selected for substance evaluation to clarify the concerns related to their exposure and suspected serious hazard properties (persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT), carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic (CMR) or endocrine disruptors in combination with wide dispersive consumer use). In addition, other concerns on the substances may be identified during evaluation. The number of substances to be evaluated in 2017 is lower than in previous plans and several evaluations have been postponed to 2018 and 2019. This is to allow a compliance check to be done first to address possible gaps in standard information and to confirm that the substance is a priority for substance evaluation.

The list also includes substances widely used at workplaces such as xylene, carbon black, diethyl ether, vinyl acetate, and selected nanomaterials.

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