On June 25, 2015 the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced that they have selected approximately 200 substances from the registrations under the European regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) for further investigation by the Member State (MS) competent authorities. After examination of the dossiers, the MS authorities will decide whether there is need for regulatory action, such as compliance check, substance evaluation, harmonized classification and labeling, authorization or restriction. The selection of the substances is based on an automated screening focusing on potential carcinogens, mutagens or reproductive toxicants (CMR), substances with persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic properties (PBT), endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), and sensitizers. The substances are further prioritized based on exposure to humans or release to the environment. ECHA and MS authorities conduct this screening annually to identify Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs).

The identity of the 200 substances was not published. The selection may contain substances relevant to food contact materials (FCMs).

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ECHA (June 25, 2015). “ECHA shortlists substances for possible regulatory action.