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Consultation on the modification of the REACH Annexes on Nanomaterials

Policy field(s)


Environment and Enterprise

Target group(s)


All interested stakeholders

Period of consultation


                        From 21.06.2013  to 13.09.2013

Objective of the consultation



The objective of the policy initiative is to ensure further clarity on how nanomaterials are addressed and safety demonstrated in registration dossiers.  REACH must ensure a high level of health, safety and environmental protection. At the same time it should permit access to innovative products and promote innovation and competitiveness. The regulatory environment affects time to market, marginal cost structure and allocation of resources, especially for SMEs. It also creates new business opportunities and contributes to consumer and investor confidence in the technology.

Specifically, the policy initiative shall provide clearer REACH requirements for nanomaterials to ensure that industry demonstrates safe use in the registration dossiers in accordance with the aims of REACH Article 1(1) "to ensure a high level of protection of human health and the environment, including the promotion of alternative methods for assessment of hazards of substance, as well as the free circulation of substances on the internal market while enhancing competitiveness and innovation".

The Commission proposal of possible amendment of the REACH Annexes is foreseen to be made in 2013, and will be accompanied by an Impact Assessment. The objective of this consultation is to provide the Commission with the best possible evidence base for its work with the above tasks.

How to submit your contribution


We welcome contributions from citizens, organisations and public authorities. This consultation is being run through the Commission’s online Interactive Policy Making (IPM) tool. Please CLICK HERE if you wish to respond to the consultation. 

If you are answering this consultation on behalf of an organisation, please click here.

Received contributions will be published on the Internet. It is important to read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

View the questionnaire and consultation document

Reference documents and other, related consultations


The links to  reference documents are given in the introduction to the IPM questionnaire  using the link to the questionnnaire given above.

Contact details


responsible service

European Commission, Directorate General for the Environment, Unit A.3 – Chemical




postal address

European Commission
DG Environment, Unit A.3 Chemicals
1049 Brussels

View the contributions


In the interests of transparency, organisations have been invited to provide the public with relevant information about themselves by registering in the Interest Representative Register and subscribing to its Code of Conduct. If the organisation is not registered, the submission is published separately from the registered organisations.
All contributions that are received will be published on the Internet. It is important that you read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

Results of consultation and next steps


All details regarding this consultation will be made available via Your Voice in Europe.  

Protection of personal data

Specific privacy statement