13 February 2014

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published an update of its guidance document on the preparation of an Annex XV dossier for the identification of substances of very high concern (SVHC) to take account of the amendment of Annex XIII to REACH and the experience and best practice developed by Member State Competent Authorities and the ECHA since the original version of guidance was drafted in 2007.

The update includes:

  • an overhaul of the text resulting in a reduction in the amount of detailed guidance provided in the document

  • references given to where specific instructions on how to prepare an Annex XV SVHC dossier can be found

  • information on where to access the template for use in generating the Annex XV SVHC report.

Version 2.0 of the Guidance on the Preparation of an Annex XV Dossier for the Identification of Substances of Very High Concern is available at ECHA.