On November 11, 2020, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced a call for comments and evidence on the substance “alkanes, C14-17, chloro” (CAS 85535-85-9) in preparation for a restriction proposal under the REACH regulation. News provider Chemical Watch reports that the substances are medium-chain chlorinated paraffins largely used in the manufacture of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polymers, rubber, sealants, and adhesives. If the substance is identified as a substance of very high concern (SVHC), risk management via a restriction on its uses may be imposed. The call is requesting stakeholders to submit information “on the manufacture, import, use, exposure and environmental release of Alkanes, C14-17, chloro in the EU/EEA, as well as on the possibility for substitution (potential alternative substances or techniques) and on the socio-economic impacts of substitution.” Comments are being accepted until December 15, 2020.

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ECHA (November 12, 2020). “Current calls for comments and evidence: Alkanes, C14-17, chloro.”

Chemical Watch (November 12, 2020). “Echa calls for evidence on possible SVHC identification of alkanes.”