In an article published on November 18, 2015 the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced that it proposes 11 substances of very high concern (SHVCs) from the Candidate List for inclusion in the Authorization List (Annex XIV) under the regulation on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH). The 11 proposals are for: 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid, dihexyl ester, branched and linear (CAS 68515-50-4); hexahydrophthalic anhydride (HHPA, CAS 85-42-7, 13149-00-3, 14166-21-3); dihexyl phthalate (DHP, CAS 84-75-3); methylhexahydrophthalic anhydride (MHHPA, CAS 25550-51-0, 19438-60-9, 48122-14-1, 57110-29-9); lead monoxide (lead oxide, CAS 1317-36-8); orange lead (lead tetroxide, CAS 1314-41-6); pentalead tetraoxide sulphate (CAS 12065-90-6); sodium perborate; sodium peroxometaborate (CAS 7632-04-4), tetralead trioxide sulphate (CAS 12202-17-4), and trixylyl phosphate (CAS 25155-23-1). HHPA, MHHPA and lead monoxide are included in the FACET inventory of food contact materials (FCMs). DHP is included in the Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX) list of substances with endocrine-disrupting effects and in the U.S. food additive list by the Pew Charitable Trusts (Pew list). Sodium peroxometaborate is included in the ESCO working group list of non-plastic FCMs and in the Pew list. A public consultation on the draft recommendations is open until February 18, 2016.

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ECHA (November 18, 2015). “ECHA consults on 11 substances to be proposed for authorization.

ECHA (2015). “Draft recommendation for inclusion in the Authorisation List and public consultation.