The Trade Union Priority List proposes Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) which, from a trade union perspective, should have priority for inclusion in the REACH candidate list and potentially in the authorisation list.
The purpose of the Trade Union Priority List, published by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), is to contribute to the practical implementation of REACH, in particular the authorisation procedure by proposing substances of very high concern (SVHC) which, from a trade union perspective, should have priority for inclusion in the candidate list and potentially in the authorisation list.
The chemicals considered as SVHC in the Trade Union Priority List are CMRs category 1, 2 or 3 listed in Annex I of Council Directive 67/548/EEC, carcinogens classified 1, 2A or 2B by IARC, PBT substances listed in the framework of the OSPAR Convention, known and suspected endocrine disruptors listed in the Community Strategy for Endocrine Disruptors, neurotoxic substances listed by Vela et al. (2003) and sensitisers listed in the Annex I of Directive 67/548/EEC.
Due to the lack of reliable data on occupational exposure to these SVHC, high production volume has been used as a proxy for wide occupational and environmental exposure. All chemicals included in the Trade Union Priority List are High Production Volume Chemicals (HPVC) and as a consequence also meet the criteria to be eventually prioritised in the authorisation list.