SIN List 2.0 released
Sweden-based ChemSec on May 3 released its second "Substitute It Now" (SIN) list of chemicals that the non-governmental organization feels should be classified as substances of very high concern (SVHCs) under REACH. The SIN List 2.0 includes 22 chemicals, including three phthalates, identified solely due to their endocrine disrupting properties, ChemSec says. Under REACH, SVHCs identified by EU member state competent authorities or the European Chemicals Agency are candidates for authorization where they can't be sold or used after a certain date unless authorized. But ChemSec notes only 46 chemicals have been officially identified as SVHCs and none have been specifically selected for their endocrine disrupting properties. "Endocrine disrupting chemicals are commonly used in many consumer products, and companies closest to the end-user and consumer know that things have to change," ChemSec director Per Rosander says in a statement. "We are convinced that the 2.0 update of the SIN List will further facilitate companies' efforts to substitute high concern chemicals." The total number of chemicals on the SIN List is now 378.