Tuesday, February 25, 2020European Commission

ECHA: Companies need to provide more data on nanoforms

ECHA : les entreprises doivent fournir plus d'informations sur les formes nanos

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has so far received a low number of registration dossiers for nanomaterials. By 1 January 2020, it has received only 95 unique submissions for 36 substances covering nanoforms according to the updated REACH requirements - 10 % of what the Agency expected. ECHA reminds companies that without a valid registration, nanomaterials that fall within the scope of REACH are currently illegally on the market.

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Updated REACH information requirements for nanoforms of substances have applied since 1 January 2020. Beyond this date, companies must have a REACH registration compliant with these requirements to manufacture or import nanoforms of substances. The purpose of the new requirements is to make sure companies provide adequate data to show the safe use of their nanoforms for human health and the environment.

The Agency expected to receive updated registrations for approximately 300 substances, based on data from the Belgian and French national inventories and the European Commission’s catalogue of nanomaterials used in cosmetic products.
It has received only 95 unique submissions for 36 substances covering nanoforms according to the updated REACH requirements.

The Agency is working closely with key industry associations and Member States to better understand the additional actions needed to raise awareness on the legal obligations.
Where validated test methods for meeting REACH Annex VII and VIII information requirements are not yet available, ECHA has published a template to support registrants in documenting practical constraints and to help ensure they can show they have made all possible efforts to meet the information requirements.

With the submission rate so low and half of the …

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