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ECHA Expands its ‘Substances of Very High Concern’ List

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The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) recently added four chemicals to its Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) list. These substances include, sodium perborate, cadmium chloride, 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid and sodium peroxometaborate, all of which ECHA identified as substances toxic for reproduction.

Cadmium chloride, a carcinogenic used in dyeing and printing textiles, is also said to be mutagenic and may have negative effects on the kidneys and bones.

Sodium perborate and sodium peroxometaborate are both used to bleach textiles, while 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid is found in the production of dyes and synthetic perfumes.

According to ECHA, continued use of these listed substances in mixtures or in articles may result in a number of implications for the company. Producers and importers of articles containing any of the four substances included on the list have six months to notify ECHA if the substance is present in quantities over one ton per producer or importer per year, and whether the substance is present in those articles above a concentration of 0.1% weight by weight.

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