ECHA Urges Companies to Provide More Data on Nanoforms
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) issued a press release on February 24, 2020, stating that it has received a low number of registration dossiers for nanomaterials. ECHA states that it has received only 95 unique submissions for 36 substances covering nanoforms according to the updated Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation requirements. ECHA expected to receive updated registrations for approximately 300 substances, based on data from the Belgian and French national inventories and the European Commission’s (EC) catalog of nanomaterials used in cosmetic products. With the submission rate so low and half of the incoming dossiers failing the technical completeness check, ECHA notes that a webinar is available with practical advice for companies on how to prepare their registration dossiers for nanoforms. According to the press release, ECHA is working closely with key industry associations and Member States to understand better the additional actions needed to raise awareness on the legal obligations. ECHA states that it is also engaged in several short-term actions to help improve compliance, for example, by revising the Nanomaterials Expert Group’s mandate to allow more support for decision making and updating manuals, instructions, and guidance for human health and environmental endpoints. Where validated test methods for meeting REACH Annexes 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. ECHA reminds companies that without a valid registration, nanomaterials that fall within the scope of REACH are currently illegally on the market.