REACH Copper Consortium

REACH Copper Consortium

The European Copper Institute acts as the secretariat for the REACH Copper Consortium which has 32 members (representing multiple affiliates) across the European mining, production (smelting and refining) and semi-fabricated product sectors.

In November 2010, prior to the > 1,000T deadline, the relevant Lead Registrants within the ECI managed REACH Copper Consortium, successfully submitted joint submissions dossiers for copper, final slags and the twelve intermediates within the scope.

After extensive efforts by ECI and its Consortium member experts, all members received IUCLID format registration dossiers, plus step by step submission guidance.  Each dossier included a Chemical Safety Report, containing “identified uses” and “user descriptor codes”, recommendations for risk management actions and proposals for Classification and Labelling.

Since the first registration, ECI has supported the Lead Registrant on updating the copper dossiers. The most recent update was on January 2018. The update includes the latest scientific knowledge, changes in the classification of coated copper flakes and other modifications related to the new ECHA tool IUCLID 6. This step shows the commitment of industry to meet its regulatory obligations and keep scientific information on copper up to latest developments. A summary of the relevant updates of the Copper Dossier can be found here.

Following the issue of revised guidance from ECHA, in April 2014 ECI supported the Lead Registrants with upgrades to the joint submission dossiers for most copper Intermediates,

ECI will continue to use this public website to make all potential REACH registrants in Europe aware of the capabilities and services on offer. Letters of Access are available to support companies with their registration obligations. The 100 – 1,000T deadline expired on May 31st 2013. The deadline for the remaining tonnage band of 1 – 100T is May 31st 2018.

The Terms and Conditions, plus fees, for Letters of Access are available below. Summaries of the latest classification and labelling proposals are also available.

While the provision of safety data sheets, down the value chain, is the responsibility of individual producers, ECI’s Consortium provides important, generic guidance on copper development and exposure scenarios to the downstream user community.

How the Consortium applied the principles of REACH to the copper value chain

The REACH regulation requires value chains to distinguish between different categories of materials. Click here to see how the ECI Consortium separated those for the copper industry into natural raw materials, substances, preparations and articles.

What products were covered by ECI’s Consortium?

Primary and secondary copper metal; slags from copper production, sold as a final product; plus a well defined series of by-products (intermediates) coming out of the smelting/refining and semi-fabrication processes. (See below list).
Click here to view the Consortium’s position on recovered materials.

Further information on the broad principles behind REACH, plus access to other metal consortia, can be obtained through the Eurometaux Gateway. Click here to access it.