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The USTR’s report also said, “[T]he United States has urged the European Commission to provide guidance on the ‘candidate’ list of substances of very high concern to ensure that downstream users do not use this as a ‘black list,’ and to ensure that specific uses of substances and viable alternatives have had the benefit of a risk assessment. Guidance should clarify that without going through this step, premature substitution could have negative environmental or public health effects while greatly increasing costs.” ECHA has asked member states to nominate by June 1, 2008, chemicals they think should be on that final list.