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Prioritisation of Substances of Very High Concern

In a Nutshell

► Preparations

The preparatory work for such a proposal is performed by a Member State or by ECHA itself and ECHA’s proposal is submitted to a public consultation that typically runs from June to September each year.

The intention is to assess around 55 substances for SVHC identification each year until 2020, and their subsequent prioritisation will become ever more important. Most of the preparatory research will have been done at the SVHC identification stage so that the prioritisation will be more a question of political opportunity, scoring of decisive criteria and discussion of regulatory effectiveness.

There is no time link or any other automatism between being put on the Candidate List and being prioritised for inclusion on the Authorisation List. This means that some SVHCs may have a long wait before they are prioritised or may never be so if, for example, scoring is low or a risk management measure has been put in place by industry that has rendered the remaining risk insignificant.

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