New regulations with regards to Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) in the Netherlands

31.07.2018

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For some time now, the Dutch authority has focused on the use and emissions of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs). This has consequences for companies in the industry. Possible emissions of SVHCs must be identified and treated with extra precaution. This policy on SVHCs has now been supplemented with the approach of so-called potential SVHC substances. For this purpose, it is determined nationally that companies must provide information about emitted or discharged potential SVHC substances. But what exactly are potentials SVHC substances and what does this mean for your company?

Potential SVHC substances are substances whose harmfulness has not yet been established, but is suspected or are expected to be harmful to humans and the ecosystem. Because the exact harmfulness of the substances is not yet known, they are not yet classified as SVHC. No policy or legal standard has yet been adopted for these substances. By improving existing analysis techniques and developing new analysis techniques, more substances are detected at ever lower concentrations in environmental compartments. This and the broadening of knowledge of substance and recent practical experiences ensure that more attention is paid to these substances. The supplementary policy for potential SVHC substances means that there is an obligation to provide information for all companies. So keep this in mind for new license applications and notifications. In addition, companies are currently being contacted by the competent authority with a request for information about (potential) SVHCs substances. 

To be able to meet the information obligation, specific substance and policy knowledge is required whereby a clear distinction is made between emissions to air, soil and water. Bilfinger Tebodin has knowledge of all of these three environmental components and has extensive experience in conducting such research. With our expertise, we can support in identifying (potential) SVHC substances and the possible consequences for emissions to air, soil and water.

Would you like to know more? Please contact Ad Broeren, Business manager License to operate: (ad.broeren*Den Text zwischen den * loeschen, dies ist ein Spamschutz*@bilfinger.com, +31 6 526 94 097) or visit our License to operate webpage.