Nanomaterials that are intentionally added to chemical products must be reported to the Products Register. This is the case for companies who have a chemical product for which there is a duty of notification. The first time nanomaterials have to be reported is in February 2019.
If you have a chemical product for which there is an obligation to notify, you will have to report whether it contains intentionally added nanomaterials. You do this at the same time as you complete your product registration at the Products Register. If you are not sure whether your product contains intentionally added nanomaterials, contact your supplier. Intentionally added means nanomaterials that have been deliberately added in order for a specific function to be obtained for example for a material to be water repellent or to give a material absorbent properties.
Physical and chemical properties
The regulations concerning the registration of nanomaterials in chemical products require you to report the physical and chemical properties of the nanomaterial. This means that you need to provide the following information about the nanomaterial in your product:
- classification according to the CLP regulation 1272/2008
- function of the nanomaterial
- particle size
- crystalline state
- surface area
- surface charge
- if the nanomaterial is present in agglomerated or aggregated state (assembly of materials) the mean size should be stated.
Exemptions from the regulations
There are exemptions from the regulations. If your company has an annual turnover of less than 5 million Swedish crowns, or if the nanomaterial is a pigment, you only need to state whether the nanomaterial is included in the product. This means that you do not need to report the nanomaterial's properties.
Creating an overview
The aim of the regulations is to create an overview of what nanomaterials are present on the Swedish market. The regulations were introduced into the Swedish Chemicals Agency Regulations (KIFS 2017:7) and came into effect on 1 January 2018. This means that the registration must be made no later than 28 February 2019.
Consider gathering data about your nanomaterials now. If you do not have access to the data that must be registered, contact your supplier well before the registration deadline.