Thermal Ceramics Products and REACH
Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals. REACH is the new chemical legislation within the EU, it applies to the manufacture and import of all chemical substances that are placed on the market in quantities greater than 1 tonne per year. It came into force on 1 June 2007 and replaces a number of European directives and regulations with a single system. Further information on REACH can be found on the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) website.
Which products of the Thermal Ceramics business of Morgan Advanced Materials are affected by REACH?
Registrations have been submitted for all High Temperature Insulating Wools (HTIW) covering the following product ranges:
- RCF: Cerachrome®, Cerachem®, Cerablanket® and Kaowool®
- AES: Superwool® 607®, Superwool® 607® Max, Superwool® 607®HT, Superwool® Plus™, Superwool HT
- PCW: Alphawool® and Denka® **
We have also worked with our suppliers to ensure that our raw materials are registered correctly to ensure continued supply of our other product ranges, including Tri-Mor® Monolithics, Firebricks, Insulating Firebricks, Microporous and Structural Blocks.
Prioritisation in Europe of Refractory Ceramics Fibres (RCF) for authorisation under REACH Regulation No. 1907/2006
This notice updates you on recent developments in the further regulation of RCF within Europe.
On 24 June 2013, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published its fifth recommendation of substances to be placed on the REACH authorisation list (Annex XIV). This recommendation included both Alumina-Silica RCF and Zirconia-Alumina-Silica RCF. This means that if confirmed by the European Commission, the future use of RCF within the European Union will be subject to the authorisation process. The ECHA confirmed the decision to refer the 5th recommendation, including RCF, to the European Commission for final review and decision.
The EC put a hold on all updates to the Authorisation list in 2014 to assess the effectiveness of the authorization process. A final decision on the 5th and 6th recommendations is still outstanding and is expected sometime in Q4 2016.
Work has started to identify the scope of a future authorisation application for those furnace linings where RCF cannot currently be substituted. That is at an early stage and will be developed further while the European Commission decision is awaited.
Additional updates will be provided as and when new information becomes available. Thermal Ceramics is committed to maintaining close contact with its customers for RCF products during this period and will provide advice on progress with the authorisation process or the use of alternatives, as required. If you have any immediate concerns or need advice on the use and regulation of high temperature insulating fibres please contact your usual Thermal Ceramics technical sales person or use the contact form.