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REACh Annex XIV: New candidates added to the list

Four new substances were added to the REACh candidate list of the European Chemical Agency (ECHA). The Guidelines are in force since 16.6.2014.
On June 16, four new substances were added to the REACh candidate list of the European Chemical Agency (ECHA): Cadmium chloride, which is considered carcinogenic, mutagenic and toxic for reproduction, and is used among other things in electroplating; 1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, dihexyl ester, branched and linear, an elastomer that is i.e. in sealing technology, and is toxic for reproduction; Sodium perborate, a sodium salt of perboric acid, which among other things is used as a bleaching agent; and finally Sodium peroxometaborate, an oxidant, which is also regarded as toxic for reproduction.

The REACh candidate list therefore now contains 155 substances of very high concern (SVHCs). Manufacturers and importers of products containing more than 0.1 percent of one of the chemicals listed, need to notify the ECHA.

REACh: More audits of the status of registrants by ECHA

Because in 2011 according to ECHA around 80% of the affected firms were unable to correctly demonstrate their status, the ECHA is increasingly checking the correct classification of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The background is that SMEs pay lower fees when registering, but must deliver proof of the given status.

The FBDi explicitly states that the registrant must in the absence of evidence pay the fee due for the actual size of company, in addition to a considerable processing fee. Non-payment may lead to the revocation of registration number and hence to prohibition of the marketing of the substance concerned.

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