In an article published on January 25, 2017 the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced that it has selected 162 substances to be manually examined by EU Member State competent authorities. The selection is a result of ECHA’s annual automated IT screening, which focuses on potential carcinogens, mutagens or reprotoxicants (CMR), persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) substances, endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), and substances with sensitizing or specific target organ toxicity following repeated exposure (STOT RE) properties. The screening exercise further prioritized the identified substances according to uses that likely lead to human exposure or release into the environment. ECHA noted that it does not make the list of shortlisted substances public because the list is “purely based on automated selection by IT and manual verification is needed to confirm a potential concern.”

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ECHA (January 25, 2017). “162 substances shortlisted for possible regulatory action.

Luke Buxton (January 26, 2017). “ECHA picks more than 150 substances for manual screening.Chemical Watch