EU chemical agency gives first hazardous substance authorisation


The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has granted its first approval to use a substance of very high concern (SVHC). Rolls Royce applied to use the chemical bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), which can cause central nervous system damage and birth defects, for the bonding of fan blades in jet engines.

SVHCs have been defined by the ECHA as those that cause irreversible damage to human health or the environment. If a chemical is put on this list it is the first step towards having its use restricted under the EU’s registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals (Reach) regulations.

The ECHA came to the conclusion that Rolls Royce’s plans to control exposure to DEHP were adequate. The final decision by the European commission will be based on the ECHA’s recommendations, which will be revisited in seven years time.


Related Content

Dangerous delivery problems dog chemical transport in China

26 February 2014 News and Analysis

news image

Lethal accident caused by contamination of parcels by toxic chemical highlights difficulties faced by small firms

Flexible lighting is on a roll

14 August 2012 Research

news image

Light emitting sheets thinner than a piece of paper have been made in a similar manner to printing a newspaper

Most Read

Magnetic resonance taken to the limit

21 November 2014 Research

news image

Technique can read the spin of a single nucleus opening up a new way to investigate proteins and complex molecules

Boron and beryllium finally shake hands

24 November 2014 Research

news image

Never-before-seen bond observed between periodic table neighbours

Most Commented

US approves low acrylamide spud

25 November 2014 News and Analysis

news image

The first genetically modified potato that produces less acrylamide has been granted approval in the US

Nanostripe controversy in new twist

24 November 2014 Research

news image

Creator of striped nanoparticles insists questions over structures have already been answered and accuses critics of a 'perso...