The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published a report evaluating the work it had done in 2013 under REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals regulation). In a press release, it states that ‘the focus of dossier evaluation activities was on compliance checks’ and that ‘928 were concluded during the year’ – three of these checks were carried out on registered nanomaterials.
ECHA states that ‘in 61% of the cases […] the dossiers did not comply with one or more REACH information requirements’; this may have been the case with the three nanomaterial checks, as more information was requested on them for ‘substance identity and/or granulometry’. The report, however, points out that ‘this proportion is not a reliable indicator of data quality in all dossiers’ as the selection for checks was made for those which already had ‘clear indications of potential non-compliance’.
The Agency also notes that it organised meetings of both the Group Assessing Already Registered Nanomaterials, and its newly formed Nanomaterial Working Group (for which NIA is an accredited stakeholder), in 2013.
A number of recommendations are given by the report for ‘both future registrants for the 2018 deadline and existing registrants who may need to update their dossiers’. These cover:
- ‘Improving the chemical safety report to reflect actual uses and risks
- Knowing how to reach to (draft) decisions
- Keeping the dossier up-to-date
- Substantiating the reasoning when adapting the standard testing scheme’