It wasn't all energy this week! A new important list of 267 target 'chemicals of concern' was released this week.
Major European NGO's, in cooperation with major companies like Dell, Skanska, H&M, Boots and Sara Lee, released a list of chemicals of "high concern" that industry should avoid. This action precedes any official action from the European Union in their new overhaul of chemical regulations called REACH. REACH is important to all of us, because the European market is so big, and will drive changes in products throughout the world, including here.
This list is critical to Michigan-based consumers and companies, because it is likely to be a target list of chemicals to substitute with safer chemicals. Major companies supported the initiative, because they are seeking some consensus on the chemicals that should be prioritized for substitution. Michigan companies seeking European markets should take note.
For more on this important development, see:
article from ENDS daily
Campaigners launch parallel Reach blacklist ENDS Europe DAILY 2616, 17/09/08
A coalition of environmental campaign groups has published a blacklist of 267 chemicals it says businesses should move towards substituting with safer alternatives. The "Substitute it now!" (Sin) list has been drawn up by umbrella group the International chemical secretariat (ChemSec) and is aimed at "speeding up implementation of Reach" (EED 11/10/07 http://www.endseuropedaily.com/24065).
Article from chemicalwatch
A list of 267 chemicals was published today by NGO the International Chemicals Secretariat (ChemSec), comprising those "substances of very high concern (SVHCs)" for which it feels companies should be searching for alternatives.
The list includes 226 substances from the 905 that have already been classified under EU law as carcinogenic, mutagenic and toxic to reproduction
(CMR) as well as 17 from the list of 27 substances that have been categorised by the EU working group on persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) substances.
Though the SIN List is owned by ChemSec, it has had input from nine consumer and environmental NGOs as well as ChemSec's 'business reference' group of companies such as Dell, Skanska, H&M, Boots and Sara Lee. The companies provided details of their own restricted substance lists, information on the availability of alternatives, helped with trouble shooting, discussed the challenges they face with restrictions and 'pre-tested' the list.