The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) issued a clarification yesterday that ongoing REACH guidance documents, several of which address nanomaterials, will not be halted under the upcoming two-year 'moratorium' that was recently announced. Under this moratorium, ECHA was expected to pause any further updates to REACH in order to allow companies time to adjust their practices and come into compliance in advance of the 31 May 2018 registration deadline. However, 15 guidance documents will be excluded from the moratorium, with four concerning nanomaterials:
- Guidance on Nanoforms
- Guidance on information requirements for nanomaterials for human health
- Guidance on information requirements for nanomaterials for the environment
- Guidance on read-across for nanoforms
Drafts of the four Guidance Documents are expected to be ready in 'May/June 2016' (Except for 'Guidance on information requirements for nanomaterials for human health' which has already been released) with the final versions published by May 2017. NIA as an ECHA Accredited Stakeholder will be involved in the development process on behalf of of our Membership.
Visit the ECHA website to view the entire press release and full list of guidance documents exemptions.