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5 November 2013

EU chemicals evaluation list extended to 56 new substances

The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has prepared a proposal to update the Community rolling action plan (CoRAP) for 2014-2016. The draft update contains 125 substances that are proposed for review by 22 Member States under the substance evaluation process of REACH. It contains 56 newly selected substances and 69 substances that come from the update published on 20 March 2013.

The new entries include: shale oil bitumen; two substances related to bisphenol A (2,2',6,6'-tetra-tert-butyl-4,4'-methylenediphenol and bisphenol M); another phthalate bis(2-propylheptyl) phthalate; mothball ingredient naphthalene; the enzyme amylase; and hexafluoropropene.

Out of the 125 chemicals that fall under CoRAP, 36 are also on the trade union list containing dangerous substances (carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, reprotoxins, etc.) that the European workers' movement would like to see replaced with alternatives that are less harmful to workers’ health.

The REACH Regulation requests ECHA to submit the annual update of CoRAP for the Member States to consider. The plan addresses substances that are suspected of posing risks to human health or the environment. The substance evaluation process allows the clarification of such risks by requests for additional information to the registrants.

The draft update for 2014-2016 has been prepared in close cooperation with the Member States, taking into account the agreed risk-based criteria for the selection of substances. The Member States have also proposed substances based on national priorities. 22 Member States will take part in the substance evaluation work in the coming three years.

ECHA has submitted the draft CoRAP update for 2014-2016 to the Member State competent authorities and the Member State Committee. The Committee starts its discussions this week and will prepare an opinion on the draft plan in February 2014. ECHA will then adopt the final CoRAP update for 2014-2016 on the basis of the Committee's opinion.

ECHA's aim is to adopt and publish the final CoRAP update for 2014-2016 in March 2014. The final CoRAP update for 2014-2016 will indicate the Member State responsible for the evaluation of each substance.

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