PFA Group


Expertise on chemical hazard,
risk, and control measures

Understanding of the regulatory process for prioritisation and authorisation of substances of concern

Preparation of successful authorisation applications for CMR and PBT substances.

The identification or potential identification of a substance as of very high concern (SVHC) in REACH, on the basis of its hazardous properties for the environment (persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT), very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB)) or for human health (carcinogen, mutagen or reproductive toxin (CMR), can lead to the obligation for authorisation (listing on Annex XIV).

Authorisation (listing on Annex XIV of REACH) means that all uses of the substance will be banned, unless an application for continued use (for specific uses) is granted. This affects users of chemicals as well as manufacturers. An application needs to demonstrate well controlled emissions and releases and analyse possible alternatives as well as prove that the socio‐economic benefits to outweigh the risks from the use of the substance.

PFA has specific expertise partnering with specialist economists and working closely with clients to deliver successful authorisation applications for both PBT and CMR substances. We provide a comprehensive service to gather relevant information, manage and coordinate consortia and deliver high‐quality applications that will withstand the scrutiny of the regulator and other interested parties. We will also work with you to support interactions with the authorities.