The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has once again expanded its Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs). In this article, we will delve into the details of these additions, their implications, and how businesses can respond effectively.
Understanding the Amendment
The two new substances – Bisphenol A (BPA) and Carbendazim – have been recognised for their adverse effects on human health and the environment. They join a growing list of substances that require close attention and control due to their hazardous properties.
Bisphenol A, a chemical commonly used in the manufacturing of plastics and resins, has been associated with a range of health risks such as hormone disruption and even cancer. The addition of BPA to the SVHCs list will impose strict controls on its use, therefore potentially causing significant disruptions in industries relying on BPA.
Carbendazim, on the other hand, is a fungicide commonly used in agriculture. With its addition to the SVHCs list, farming and crop production sectors may have to seek alternative solutions that can offer the same protection against fungi, but without the associated environmental damage and potential health risks.
Business Implications and Compliance Measures
Companies dealing with these substances must now fulfil the regulatory requirements under REACH, including communicating the presence of SVHCs in their products to customers. Navigating these demands calls for the understanding and expertise of chemical regulations, coupled with time-specific and strategic actions.
In conclusion, the addition of BPA and Carbendazim is an important step towards enhancing chemical safety in the EU. Businesses that are able to adapt swiftly and effectively to these changes will continue to thrive and deliver products that are safe for both the users and the environment.