In the guest column of the October 2013 issue of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Newsletter the Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) comments on nanomaterials under the European Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical Substances (REACH) Regulation. In the article David Carlander, Director of Advocacy of NIA concludes that in accordance with the definition of substance under article 3.1, REACH has jurisdiction to cover nanomaterials. He also refers to the 6th meeting of the REACH competent authority in 2008 where it was concluded that REACH “deals with all substances in whatever size, shape or physical state”. Nevertheless, Carlander also points out that in addition to modifications of REACH annexes, modifications to ECHA guidance documents may be appropriate. At the same time, Carlander criticizes the introduction of nano-specific registries by some member states (France and Denmark, previously reported on by the FPF). He considers the registration under REACH sufficient, and is concerned that additional member state initiatives may hamper innovation and development.
European Chemicals Agency Newsletter (October 2013). “Nanotechnology Industries Association’s view on nanomaterials under REACH.”