Swedish national products registry - more information on nanomaterials
The Swedish Chemicals Agency (Kemi)
has set up a mandatory reporting scheme to obtain information on the
quantities and types of nanomaterials used in Sweden. ECHA interviewed Mr Robert Johansson,
Head of the Chemical Statistics and Registries Unit at Kemi, about the
types of information they will collect and how it will be used.
information about nanomaterials on the EU market is an ongoing effort.
Nanomaterials have been around for decades, but information about how
they are used and in what quantities is scarce. Many Member States, such
as France, Belgium, Denmark and most recently Sweden, have launched
their own mandatory registries to which companies must provide
information about the nanomaterials they use.
There has been a long-standing requirement in Sweden for companies to
annually register the content of their chemical products in Kemi’s products registry
. This reporting requirement applies when the manufactured or imported volume of a product is at least 100 kilograms per year. “The
new requirement for nanomaterials means that companies reporting
chemical products to be included in the registry must also state whether
these contain deliberately added nanomaterials, regardless of their
concentration,” says Mr Johansson.
The purpose is to obtain
information on the quantities and types of nanomaterials used in Sweden.
“This information can then provide a basis for making changes to
legislation or taking other measures regarding nanomaterials, in areas
such as healthcare, the environment or workplace safety,” Mr Johansson