Until now, Annex XV dossiers concerning polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) have focused on their presence as constituents e.g. in coal tar pitch (high temperature), so PAHs themselves had not been proposed for formal identification as SVHCs, or for inclusion in ECHA’s Candidate List for authorisation. A report on B[a]P, however, has now identified it as being an SVHC in its own right. B[a]P is carcinogenic, mutagenic and toxic to reproduction (CMR), as well as being persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT), and very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB). It is also subject to harmonised classification and labelling in Europe as a skin sensitiser.

European Chemicals Agency (2016). Member state committee support document for identification of benzo[def]chrysene (benzo[a]pyrene) as a substance of very high concern because of its carcinogenic (Article 57 a), mutagenic (Article 57 b), toxic for reproduction (Article 57 c), persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) (Article 57 d) and very persistent and very bioaccumulative (Article 57 e) properties. Adopted on 27 May 2016. http://echa.europa.eu/documents/10162/985e117f-38e2-4d45-9d0c-94413dd0462e

 

The above items were taken from the August/September 2016 issue of Toxicology and Regulatory News which is sent automatically to members of bibra (click here)

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