NEW! Nanomaterials and REACH - What do I have to do differently?
Part 1: Introduction to the regulatory and safety requirements for nanomaterials
Due to their small size and high surface area, nanomaterials can demonstrate unique chemical and physical properties not seen in their bulk analogues. Their use is increasingly expanding from niche to widespread commercial applications. For instance, if you are wearing socks with "silver" technology for extra freshness, you are using a nanomaterial. The properties that give nanomaterials their unique commercial applications are feared to present new or increased toxicological impacts. Nanomaterials have been found in organs and cells inaccessible to the same substance in either bulk or solution form. These concerns have led to calls for greater regulatory control of these substances.
Substance Characterisation: An Overview
Substance characterisation is an analytical process through which the chemical identity and composition of a substance is demonstrated. Establishing substance identity is a precursor to sameness checking and defines the scope of each registration. Ultimately, it determines SIEF membership and provides evidence to justify data sharing.
Analytical Characterisation of well defined substances for REACH Registration - Part One: Organic Substances
Although there is no precise definition of an 'organic substance', all organic substances will contain carbon in their molecular formula. This document describes the analytical methodology appropriate for the characterisation of a well-defined organic substance.
Analytical Characterisation for well defined substances for REACH Registration - Part Two: Inorganic Substances
Arguably, the characterisation of inorganic substances, whether mono- or multi-constituent, relies to a greater extent on non-spectroscopic analytical techniques than does the characterisation of organic substances.
Analytical Characterisation of UVCBs for REACH Registration
By their very nature, UVCB substances can present a difficult analytical challenge and their characterisation may demand a somewhat different approach to that used for well-defined (mono- and multi-constituent) substances.
Guides and other useful material
REACH Registration Guidance and Services 2015
Download this handy free guide to REACH written by our regulatory experts. Includes an overview of the REACH & CLP timeline, your obligations under REACH and an overview of the registration process.
Biocidal Product Regulation (BPR): Definitions and Guidance
Our free, helpful BPR guide includes useful information such as definitions and product types.