NIA Service for Chemicals and raw MaterialsThe annual quantity of raw nanoscale materials is estimated to be around 11.5 million tonnes, where carbon black and amorphous silica accounts for about 9.6 million tonnes (85 %) and 1.5 million tonnes (12 %) respectiely. The remaining 3 % are nanomaterials made from e.g. aluminium oxide, barium titanate, titanium dioxide, cerium oxide and zinc oxide. Carbon nanotubes, graphene and fullerenes have annual production amounts in the hundred tonnes range. Nanosilver is estimated to be produced in about 20 tonnes per year.  

The EU Regulation for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals – REACH (Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006) is the European integrated approach for managing chemicals. Under REACH, industry is responsible for both assessing and managing the risks posed by chemicals, and for providing appropriate safety information to users.

Nanomaterials are classified as chemical substances under REACH. Therefore manufacturers, importers and downstream users of nanomaterials have to comply with the REACH requirements.


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NIA has a number of activities in relation to Chemicals and Raw materials. For more information go to NIA Support in Chemicals and Raw Materials or to the NIA REACH-nano Representation

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CARACAL documents related to nano

Last week there was a CARACAL meeting between European Commission and Member States. Among many things up for discussion, one was updates on nanomaterials. NIA Members find more information at the Members Area (require sign in). 

Belgium releases the Annual Report of its Nanomaterial Register for the Year 2016

The Belgian Federal Public Service for Public Health has released its first report from the implementation of a nanomaterial register in Belgium. The report covers substances registered in 2016.

Most of the registrations (45% ) fall under the category of use: SU3 - Industrial uses: Uses of substances as such or in preparations at industrial sites. 150 different substances were registered, for a total 75 000 tons. 57 550 tons of substances in nanoparticular state were imported, 16 947 tons were manufactured and 13 815 tons were distributed in the Kingdom in 2016.