Chemicals & Raw Materials

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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ECHA Classify TiO2 as Category 2 under CLP

The ECHA  Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) has been assessing TiO2 under the CLP regulation. Today, 9 June,  ECHA published a press release that 'Titanium dioxide proposed to be classified as suspected of causing cancer when inhaled'.  RAC concluded that the available scientific evidence meets the criteria in the CLP Regulation to classify titanium dioxide as a substance suspected of causing cancer through the inhalation route.

ECHA publishes new guidance documents for nanomaterials

On 25th of May, ECHA published five documents related to nanomaterials. These documents, 4 which are guidance documents and one which is a recommendation how to prepare REACH registration dossiers containing nanoforms. All these documents are valuable for the 2018 registration deadline as well as for already registered substances. 

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