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Identification of Substances of Very High Concern

A Roadmap for Industry

► Key steps

2. Wider Education and Communication

The preparatory work may be done internally to a large extent. Once companies have made a first attempt at identifying the issues and their priorities, they can start communication up and down the supply chain, share their understanding of the issues and look for allies.

Suppliers of the most relevant substances on the Watch List or any relevant source of information (consortia, lead registrant etc.) should be contacted to ensure timely information on any developments related to that substance. The conversation with the suppliers may also cover the possibilities and prospects for alternative substances and processes that may be available or introduced in the future.

Do encourage suppliers and downstream users to participate in value chain discussions. It is an invaluable learning school!

A primary objective should however be to create the capacity to contribute as a value chain to consultations on possible substances for identification as SVHCs. Some value chains are organised to gather intelligence or to assess the available data, including the Registration dossier, so as to map what the strengths and weaknesses of their case are, and what remedial action could be initiated.

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