In a press release published on December 3, 2018, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) informed that the European Commission (EC) has adopted the nanomaterial-specific revisions to REACH legislation, drafted in October 2017 (FPF reported) and approved by the EU Member States representatives on the REACH Committee (FPF reported).
The amendments “clarify what information companies placing substances in nanoform on the market need to provide in their registration dossiers.” This information will “enable both companies and authorities to systematically assess the hazardous properties of nanomaterials, how they are used safely, and what risks they may pose to our health and the environment.”
The ECHA invites companies “to assess whether the new information requirements apply to their substances,” which can be evaluated based on a definition of a nanomaterial adopted by the EC in 2011. The registrants of nanoform substances should “familiarize themselves with the amendments and assess what action they need to take to comply.”
The new rules apply as of January 1, 2020.
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