The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published a draft of its annual update of the Community Rolling Action Plan (CoRAP). The plan, covering the 2015-2017 period, contains 65 newly selected substances alongside 69 that were included in the previous plan; four of the substances in the list are either nanomaterials or are commonly applied as nanomaterials.
Three of the nanomaterials are zinc oxide, multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), and cerium dioxide; all three will be evaluated by Germany, with zinc oxide being first in 2016. Titanium dioxide will be evaluated by France in 2015. Two materials that were on previous lists, silver and silicon dioxide, have been removed from the draft plan for the 2015-2017 period.
‘By publishing this draft now, ECHA wishes to inform the stakeholders of the progress made and to facilitate early communication between the involved registrants and the relevant evaluating Member State’. The final CoRAP update is expected to be adopted by the end of March 2015, and ‘the respective Member States have one year to evaluate [the materials] specified…and, where regarded as necessary, to prepare a draft decision for requesting further information to clarify the suspected risks’.