Classification and Labelling Proposals for Copper

On behalf of the SIEF Facilitator for “Copper” the European Copper Institute is authorised to communicate this information to all participants in the SIEFs for the EINECS numbers listed below.

ECI ref Substance SIEF Facilitator
A1 Copper
(EC 231-159-6)
Aurubis A.G.

Copper is defined as:

Metal with copper content ≥ 99.90 %, e.g. in the form of cathodes, fire-refined ingots and unwrought shapes (billets, slabs and cakes, etc).  Other materials, also referred to in the market as copper, with elemental copper contents > 80% and < 99.90% are covered in “Anode” (Intermediate B1).

The Joint Registration dossier was successfully submitted to ECHA on 20 September 2010 and the latest update was submitted in July 2019. An information note summarising the main changes included in the last update can be found here.

ECI’s REACH Classification, Labelling and Packaging proposals for copper, as described in the Copper Dossier, is as follows. Click here for more details.

  1. Copper massive (specific surface area equal or below 0.67 mm²/mg, equivalent to particles with diameter equal or above 1 mm; and ≥ 99.90 % purity):
    No classification and no labelling for Human Health or the Environment
  2. Copper powder (specific surface area above 0.67 mm2/mg, which is equivalent to particles with diameter below 1 mm; and ca. 99.7% copper (w/w):

    Hazard class and category code(s) Hazard statement
    Aquatic Acute 1 H400 Very toxic to aquatic life M-factor = 1
    Aquatic Chronic 3 H412 Harmful to aquatic life with long lasting effects
  3. Copper flakes (coated with aliphatic acid), particle size in the range of 5 – 100 µm, with stearic acid coating; ≥ 93% copper, ≤ 3 % stearic acid and ≤ 3 % Cu2O:

Copper flakes (coated with aliphatic acid) have received a harmonized classification through the 9th Adaptation to Technical Progress (ATP) of the CLP. Its mandatory entry into force is March 1, 2018. See EUR-Lex website.

Hazard class and category code(s) Hazard Statement
Acute Tox. 3 H331: Toxic if inhalated
Acute Tox. 4 H302: Harmful if swallowed
Eye Irrit. 2 H319: Cause serious eye irritation
Aquatic Acute 1 H400: Very toxic to aquatic life M-factor = 1
Aquatic Chronic 1 H410: Very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects

Downstream users can  see the list of “Identified uses” contained within the Chemical Safety Report for Copper here. This also shows the process codes described in the REACH regulation and ECHA guidance documents.

Guidance on how Downstream Users can use the REACH Exposure Scenarios to ensure safe use in their own operations can be accessed here.

ECI continues to offer Letters of Access to registrants. The ECHA registration deadlines was June 1st 2013 for tonnages between 100 and 1,000 T and is June 1st 2018 for tonnages between 1 and 100 T.

Click here to download the terms and conditions and application form (Word version here), and click here for the Letter of Access fees.

Earlier communications can be requested at ECI :

  • Communication to Consortium members regarding revised submission – January 2017
  • Communication to Consortium members and Letter of Access customers regarding revised submission, on January 28th 2013, with updates to IUCLID and effects sections – January 2013
  • SIEF Progress and Status for Copper – March 2010
  • ECI Communication on Identified Uses – December 2009
  • ECI Communication on Copper Value Chain – December 2009
  • ECI Communication to SIEF – October 2009.
  • Lead Registrant Communication to ECHA – June 2009
  • ECI Communication to SIEF – January 2009

In case of questions, please contact