Substances of very high concern

Hazardous substances and chemicals are part of our everyday life. In Europe alone, there are over 21,000 hazardous substances on the market. Some of these we use regularly, such as fuels and cleaning products; others comprise the building blocks of the products we use, such as cars and smartphones. The most harmful substances are known as substances of very high concern (SVHC). Substances fall into this category if, for example, they are carcinogenic or are very persistent, very bioaccumulative (vPvB).

SVHCs can be released as by-products in industrial processes or be a component of certain raw materials. You may even be a producer of SVHCs. In each of these cases, you are responsible for clarifying the risks of using these substances. As an organisation, you are soon faced with extensive regulations that are constantly evolving and sometimes seem to clash with other regulations.

Witteveen+Bos remains well informed of developments at European and national levels. We possess, for example, in-depth knowledge of the PFASs restriction process and jurisprudence regarding substance classification; we closely monitor changes relating to C&L classifications, environmental and water permits, and standardisation; we are familiar with the ins and outs of the soil and subsoil implementation programme; and we have extensive technical knowledge of industrial processes. This makes us the number-one partner to support you in your questions and goals surrounding substances of very high concern.

Our services:

  • SVHC emission measurements;
  • Support and advice on permit requests;
  • Minimisation investigation and inventory creation;
  • Advice on (cost-effective) emission-reducing techniques and substitution measures;
  • Risk management.


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