Identification of Substances of Very High Concern
In a Nutshell
► The immediate challenge
The challenge is to ensure that only relevant substances be identified as Substances of Very High Concern.
The responsibility of industry at this stage is to contribute to a good knowledge of the intrinsic properties of the substances concerned in terms of hazards and risks and to outline the economic and industrial relevance of the substances.
Trade associations and consortia can play a key role at this stage to gather and streamline such information throughout the supply chain.
Sometimes, there is little or no advance warning from the regulators that they consider identifying a particular substance as SVHC. Industry response may then be fragmented and inefficient. The experience to date clearly demonstrates the need to set up a system enabling a more effective response, starting with the identification of those substances for which there might be a risk and getting organised to address any challenges. This is a task for all actors in all the value chains where the substance concerned plays a role!
And this is only the beginning of a process that may last many years…
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