Chemicals & Raw Materials

NIA Service for Chemicals and raw MaterialsThe annual quantity of raw nanoscale materials is estimated to be around 11.5 million tonnes, where carbon black and amorphous silica accounts for about 9.6 million tonnes (85 %) and 1.5 million tonnes (12 %) respectiely. The remaining 3 % are nanomaterials made from e.g. aluminium oxide, barium titanate, titanium dioxide, cerium oxide and zinc oxide. Carbon nanotubes, graphene and fullerenes have annual production amounts in the hundred tonnes range. Nanosilver is estimated to be produced in about 20 tonnes per year.  

The EU Regulation for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals – REACH (Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006) is the European integrated approach for managing chemicals. Under REACH, industry is responsible for both assessing and managing the risks posed by chemicals, and for providing appropriate safety information to users.

Nanomaterials are classified as chemical substances under REACH. Therefore manufacturers, importers and downstream users of nanomaterials have to comply with the REACH requirements.

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NIA has a number of activities in relation to Chemicals and Raw materials. For more information go to NIA Support in Chemicals and Raw Materials or to the NIA REACH-nano Representation

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NIA will attend the next ECHA NMEG in November

NIA, as one of the accredited stakeholder to the ECHA Nanomaterials Expert Group (ECHA NMEG) will attend the 10th Meeting of this group in November. The meeting will be over 2 days with one additional day to discuss OECD technical guidance documents. 

NIA Members are invited to visit the NIA Members Only Area to find more information about the meeting. 

Commission publishes proposal for REACH Annexes amendments

The European Commission has just published its proposal for amending the REACH Annexes to address nanoform substances. The proposal is in the form of a Commission Regulation to amend Annexes I, III, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI and XII. The Commission Regulation itself is only 3 Articles, and the main text changes for the REACH Annexes are provided in an Annex to the Regulation. 

The regulation shall apply from 1 January 2020, while at the same time allowing users to comply before that date.

ECHA RAC decides classification and labelling for Titanium dioxide

Last week, ECHA Risk Assessment Committee, adopted by written procedure its previous draft for harmonised classification and labelling of Titanium Dioxide, which has previously not been included in Annex VI to the CLP Regulation. At its previous meeting, RAC did not agree to the proposal from France to classify the substance in category 1B (presumed to have carcinogenic potential for humans), but agreed to classify it as category 2 (suspected human carcinogen Carc. 2; H350 (inhalation)). This classification is not by the oral or dermal routes, but only applicable for inhalation.

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