In REACH related news, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced recently that the Registry of Intentions of Substances of Very High Concern has been updated with eight new intentions. The list of intentions lets companies prepare for commenting. It also indicates it’s time to start internal process prep in the event that a listed chemical does become regulated.
The eight new intentions of SVHCs and their CAS numbers are:
- Heptacosafluorotetradecanoic acid, CAS 376-06-7
- Pentacosafluorotridecanoic acid, CAS 72629-94-8
- Henicosafluoroundecanoic acid, CAS 2058-94-8
- Tricosafluorododecanoic acid, CAS 307-55-1
- Methoxy acetic acid, CAS 625-45-6
- Cadmium sulphide, CAS 1306-23-6
- Cadmium, CAS 7440-43-9
- Cadmium oxide, CAS 1306-23-6
Obviously, cadmium is a featured intention for this, Europe’s influential chemical blacklist. Interestingly, cadmium (along with lead) is also one of the most often requested exemptions under RoHS directive for electronics. Just worth mentioning; may serve as reference if you’re thinking of commenting on the candidacy of cadmium for later in the process.
As a rule, it’s important to know what is on tomorrow’s list of Substances of Very High Concern. Best practice is know what’s pending as well as you know what’s certain. Especially in times like these, when regulations are made bona fide and updated seemingly each week.
ECHA’s page on SVHC Intentions is here if you would like more information: http://echa.europa.eu/registry-of-current-svhc-intentions. Another possible action is to forward this blog post to your company’s risk management team — they will want to know.