12:39 PM | January 3, 2014 | Ian Young
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) says it expects, in 2014, to receive about twice the number of applications for authorization to use substances of very high concern (SVHC) as it received in 2013. ECHA received eight applications last year for authorization to use SVHCs, covering two different phthalates and 17 different specific uses. It expects applications this year to include chromium-containing substances and trichloroethylene.
ECHA says that its scientific committees for risk assessment and socioeconomic analysis have adopted their opinions on the first application for authorization to use an SVHC. The application, from Rolls Royce, is for specific uses of the phthalate di(2-ethylhexyl) pthalate in the manufacture of aero engines. The committees have concluded that adequate control has been demonstrated for the specific use applied for. Given the risks posed by the use in question, the analysis of alternatives, and the substitution plan provided by Rolls Royce, the committees plan to review the authorization in seven years' time. The European Commission will make a final decision on the application, based on the ECHA committees' opinions.