Compliance checks on REACH dossiers covering nanoforms will begin in 2020, with an initial focus on those previously identified as substances of concern. Companies must meet the tight deadline of 1 January to provide further information for all REACH dossiers on nanoforms in the European Union market.
REACH annexes were amended last year to include more detailed information on nanoforms, and their potential effects on human health and the natural environment. While the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has itself admitted that many complexities still need to be ironed out in the short timeframe, it added, “the legal deadline is set and has to be respected”.
ECHA is planning on releasing guidance on nanoforms to help affected companies better comply with the new requirements by the end of 2019. In addition, webinars as well as one-to-one sessions for companies are planned for its annual stakeholder conference.