LUXEMBOURG – Luxembourg-based OCSiAl has opened a new substance in the EU’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation with the successful registration of TUBALL™ single-wall carbon nanotubes under the number 01-2120130006-75-0000. This registration proves that TUBALL carbon nanotubes fully comply with REACH regulations and are now available at industrial volumes.
OCSiAl is the world’s first manufacturer of single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) to complete REACH registration, taking the lead in raising the transparency of nanotube management worldwide and boosting their applications in a wide range of industries. REACH registration was successfully completed thanks to the collaboration between OCSiAl’s Health and Safety Department, Envigo and Intertek, which have jointly completed the comprehensive work involved in demonstrating compliance with the requirements of REACH.
Over the course of six months, European experts conducted extensive research and testing on potentially hazardous properties of SWCNT. These tests have provided a view of the properties of SWCNT for the safe use of the substance.
The efforts of OCSiAl, Envigo and Intertek have resulted in the technical, and highly detailed, description of SWCNT, their nature and their potential risks, and in specifications on particular methods of risk management. This in-depth information will support the expansion of mass applications of SWCNT in various industries, including consumable products.
OCSiAl currently commercializes 10 tonnes of single-wall carbon nanotubes in Europe. The company’s global production capacity of TUBALL will reach 60 tonnes next year. REACH registration will support OCSiAl’s drive to further scale up its nanotube manufacturing volumes and to boost the company’s presence in the European market.
According to OCSiAl’s EHS Lead Manager, Gunther Van Kerckhove, “OCSiAl shares REACH’s goals and considers the completion of mandatory registration as one of the milestones in its path towards consistent transparency, providing the European market, and global community, with a more comprehensive understanding of nanotubes, their nature and safety.”
As part of OCSiAl’s commitment to product stewardship, the company also completed mandatory nanomaterials registration in France and Belgium in August 2016. Additionally, OCSiAl participates in the “EC4SafeNano” project, which is a part of the H2020 framework program funded by the European Commission. The project aims to ensure the sustainable production and use of nanotechnologies as well as an understanding of the environmental, health and safety risks associated with nanotechnology and the resulting materials and products.