The International Uniform Chemical Database (IUCLID 5.5) has been upgraded to include 13 new templates dedicated to nano-specific data. IUCLID is a software for data collection on chemical substances. It is notably used by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) as a reporting tool for chemicals under the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) Regulation and the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) Cooperative Chemicals Assessment Programme.
Upon an initiative of the OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN), researchers from the EC's Joint Research Centre (JRC) developed templates for the reporting of nanomaterials; these have now been implemented in the latest version of the software. As part of the reporting format developed for the OECD WPMN Sponsorship Programme, the new templates are based upon the OECD Harmonised Templates (OECD HTs). NIA, which contributed to the OECD HTs development, provided a significant share of industry's contribution to the Sponsorship Programme and will continue to provide nano-specific data stewardship services for companies looking to complete these templates.
The resulting update represents an adaptation of the REACH reporting system for nanomaterials, in which a more formal inclusion in REACH reporting requirements is currently being debated. This also follows a recent release of the Nanomaterials in IUCLID 5 user manual.
Follow this link for the JRC press release.