Nanomaterials: Guidance for Safe Disposal

The German Chemical Industry Association (VCI) has published Guidance to support companies in the safe disposal of waste that contains nanomaterials.

Nanomaterial waste cannot be avoided in the production and use of nanomaterials. With the document, the VCI assists companies that use nanomaterials as UV filters in sun blocks, soil repellents in fabrics, and flame retardants in furniture.

The Guidance highlights the following issues:

  • Legal framework
  • Conclusions of legal requirements
  • Safe recovery or elimination of waste that contains nanomaterials

Chapter 4.3 of the Guidance (German only) is noteworthy in this context because it concerns communication in the supply chain. The authors indicate that a safety data sheet (SDS) must be created for hazardous chemicals and mixtures (and for PBT/vPvB substances and chemicals) on the candidate list for REACH registration procedures. Information on disposal can be found in section 13 of the SDS. For additional information, see the ECHA Guidance on the Creation of Safety Data Sheets.

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