Major EU regulatory tool enhanced with JRC reporting forms
IUCLID, used by chemical industry to register substances under REACH, now features thirteen nanomaterial-specific reporting templates designed by JRC scientists
|Contact Name||JRC-IHCP, Nanotechnology|
IUCLID (the International Uniform Chemical Database) is the application used by chemical industry worldwide to capture and manage data on the chemical compounds they produce. Marketing these substances in the EU requires submission of the IUCLID data to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in Helsinki under the REACH Regulation.
When REACH entered into force, IUCLID featured 99 reporting forms, ranging from physical and chemical information (boiling point, freezing point, …) to human health data (carcinogenicity, reproductive toxicity, …).
Since then, nanotechnology has become an emerging important aspect of science and industry, and data specific to nanomaterials need to be captured under international programs, like the one run by the OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN).
In 2011, the OECD WPMN had asked the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) to develop a series of draft templates to report nanomaterial-specific physical and chemical property data. In 2012, the JRC proposed thirteen such templates (zeta potential, dustiness …), which underwent a global review cycle, managed by OECD. In December 2012, the JRC delivered the final thirteen templates, which were subsequently implemented by ECHA in the IUCLID application.
The latest IUCLID version 5.5, featuring the thirteen JRC templates, is now available for download at http://iuclid.eu. While with earlier IUCLID versions nano-specific physical and chemical data could only be reported with workarounds, the contribution of JRC scientists has now turned reporting this essential information into a well-structured task, which will result into increased data quality and improved reliability.
Image: IUCLID 5 logo; in the background, tin nanoparticles synthesized and photographed by JRC-IHCP.