VCI on the decision of the European Commission’s REACH Committee

Nanomaterials: Adaptation of REACH Annexes brings legal certainty for companies

The REACH Committee of the European Commission has decided for more precise provisions on nanomaterials in the REACH-annexes. The VCI welcomes these adaptions because they bring legal certainty and clarity for the companies.

With more precise provisions on nanomaterials in the annexes to the European chemicals regulation REACH, companies receive legal certainty and clarity according to the VCI. - Photo: © Mopic/stock.adobe.com
With more precise provisions on nanomaterials in the annexes to the European chemicals regulation REACH, companies receive legal certainty and clarity according to the VCI. - Photo: © Mopic/stock.adobe.com

The REACH Committee of the European Commission has decided for a number of more precise provisions on nanomaterials in the annexes to the European chemicals regulation REACH. Gerd Romanowski, executive director for technical and environmental affairs of the German chemical industry association (VCI), comments this decision: “The adaptations to the rules on how to prepare registration dossiers for nanomaterials in the future bring legal certainty and clarity for the companies.”

Particularly important is the inclusion of a legally binding definition of the term “nanomaterial” in Annex VI to the REACH Regulation. The VCI also supports the adaptation of toxicological and ecotoxicological test requirements to the specific features of nanomaterials. Romanowski underlines: “This improves the quality of information about potential hazards and increases transparency on the properties of nanomaterials in registration dossiers.”

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