Helsinki, Finland -- The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is to publish a document clarifying that "an intermediate is a substance used in the manufacturing of another substance whereby the intermediate itself is transformed into that other substance."
Agreed between the European Commission, ECHA and the Member State Competent Authorities for REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) and CLP (Classification, Labelling and Packaging), the clarification will be reflected in an update of the guidance on intermediates published after 30 Nov 2010, a 1 June ECHA statement said.
The announcement comes after some member states alerted ECHA to "industry positions on intermediates" which were not in line with the definition of intermediates in REACH guidance.
The ECHA said that the document contains a number of clear examples to assist members to determine whether their substances are intermediates. "The definition is coherent with the approach taken on intermediates under the previous European chemicals legislation," the ECHA added. (RD)"