Posted on 10/11/2016 in News 32 2016
ECHA proposals on safer chemicals substitution

ECHA has published a study commissioned from University of Massachusetts Lowell on how to improve implementation (from identification to adoption) of safer chemicals alternatives. ECHA considers the designation of SVHCs (Substances of Very High Concern) under REACH to drive substitution in Europe.

The flame retardants HBCDD, SCCPs, TCEP and TXP are today on the SVHC “Candidate List”. Nearly 90% of industry respondents (N=79) to a survey carried out for the study indicated already to have implemented chemical substitution, but important challenges are identified concerning access to data on possible substitute chemicals and evaluation of technical feasibility. The report recommendations to facilitate effective substitution include investment support to develop and roll out substitutes, technical support to SMEs for adoption and extending GPP (green public procurement – the US EPA Safer Choice Program is cited). The report recommends to develop networks of experts and R&D institutes to support industry and governments in assessment and adoption of substitutes.

“Improving the Identification, Evaluation, Adoption and Development of Safer Alternatives: Needs and Opportunities to Enhance Substitution Efforts within the Context of REACH. An evaluation and report commissioned by the European Chemicals Agency”, J. Tickner and M. Jacobs, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, August 2016

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