ECHA preparing update of Guidance on Information Requirements and Chemical Safety AssessmentDate: 22 February 2012
ECHA has publicised in its press release of 22nd February that it is in the process of preparing an update of the Guidance on Information Requirements and Chemical Safety Assessment. This is based on the output of the European Commission's REACH Implementation Projects on Nanomaterials.
The next REACH registration deadline is 31 May 2013 and ECHA will be facilitating compliance of all potential registrants.
Later in 2012, ECHA intends to update the guidance on Information Requirements and Chemical Safety Assessment (IR & CSA), in line with the outcomes of two REACH Implementation Projects on Nanomaterials (RIP-oN 2 & 3). These projects were delivered by a consortium led by IOM's SAFENANO.
ECHA has confirmed that the final reports of RIP-oN 2 & 3 gained broad support from the different stakeholders involved in the project, and were then transmitted by the Commission to ECHA. ECHA has stated that it will incorporate the specific advice into its guidance to enable appropriate safety assessment.
ECHA recommends that registrants refer to the RIP-oN 2 & 3 reports when preparing registration dossiers covering nanomaterials. Registrants, however, are reminded to make sure that safe use of their substance is demonstrated in the registration dossier, and that the data of the submitted properties and related risk assessment and management information should be relevant to the nanoforms covered by the registration.
ECHA points out that the RIP-oN 1 report on the substance identification of nanomaterials also contains useful information that can be integrated into the IUCLID 5 manuals.
ECHA has noted that the current ECHA guidance on substance identity will not be revised at the moment as experience in addressing characterisation of nanoforms is still developing.Information about the RIP-oN projects is available at: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/chemicals/nanotech/