The European Commission has just published its proposal for amending the REACH Annexes to address nanoform substances. The proposal is in the form of a Commission Regulation to amend Annexes I, III, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI and XII. The Commission Regulation itself is only 3 Articles, and the main text changes for the REACH Annexes are provided in an Annex to the Regulation. 

The regulation shall apply from 1 January 2020, while at the same time allowing users to comply before that date.

In Annex VI, a 'Guidance note on nanoforms' has been inserted, referring to the 2011 Commission recommendation on the definition for a nanomaterial. However, a form of a substance fulfilling the criteria is not defined as a nanomaterial but as 'a nanoform of a substance'. 

The EC has opened up the draft proposal for feedback that is will close on November 6th. NIA will shortly initiate a Members Consultation on the EC proposal.