Echa’s Rac ponders waste route for diagnostic tests containing SVHCs


A flurry of REACH authorisation applications for an environmental endocrine disrupting chemical called Triton X-100 is highlighting a potential disposal issue for hospitals and labs using test kits containing the substance. Echa’s Risk Assessment Committee (Rac) is concerned the surfactant could enter water systems via sewage and landfill, and has discussed risk management measures targeting waste.

The committee is working its way through tens of REACH authorisation applications for octyl and nonylphenol ethoxylates (OPnEOs and NPnEOs), which are substances of very high concern (SVHCs) based on endocrine-disrupting properties in the environment. OPnEOs and NPnEOs degrade during sewage treatment and in the environment to form the more toxic SVHCs, nonylphenol and octylphenol.

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Chemical Watch, 2 October 2020