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The Roadmap on Substances of Very High Concern to 2020

In 2012, European Commissioners Antonio Tajani and Janez Potočnik made the commitment to have all relevant SVHCs (substances of very high concern) identified and included in the candidate list for authorisation by 2020, within the framework of REACH. In order to achieve this goal, the European Commission in collaboration with ECHA and the member states developed a multi-stage roadmap, the "Roadmap on Substances of Very High Concern to 2020", and published it in early 2013 (Roadmap on SVHC) (PDF file, 357 KB). Different working groups at the European level first identify the substances which fulfil the criteria for inclusion in the candidate list on account of their intrinsic properties. In the subsequent risk management option analysis, the member states decide which regulatory procedure would be the most efficient measure for reducing risks with regard to a particular substance and how it can be implemented.

In the past, the process of drawing up the candidate list and Annex XIV, the list of substances subject to authorisation, was frequently criticised for falling short in terms of transparency and incorporating industry expertise. The "SVHC Roadmap to 2020" aims to make the process transparent for the general public, and in particular for the relevant industry, while complying with confidentiality requirements. In order to achieve robust results, it is also necessary to involve industry at an early stage.