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According to the European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA) annual evaluation statistics, in 2021, 93% of REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) Regulation dossiers that were cross checked for full compliance required further data outlining the long-term effects of certain chemicals on human health or the environment.
Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), often referred to as “forever chemicals” are a complex and expanding group of man-made chemicals found in a variety of products used by consumers and industry. The chemicals have recently been under the scrutiny of various stakeholders across the globe, culminating in a series of international noteworthy legal and regulatory developments, because of their alleged impact on health.
Public access to ECHA’s chemicals database on substances of very high concern: improved consumer and supply chain awareness or heightened legal risks?
Recently, the European Chemicals Agency database of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) has been opened to allow the public to access it. The database lists details of articles containing SVHCs across a broad range of product categories, from food, footwear to foodstuffs. However, this development brings with it both opportunities, but also risks.