Environment / IED
Assuring environmental best practice is a key goal of SiCMa. A reference document on Best Available Techniques for the Manufacture of "Large Volume Inorganic Chemicals - Solids and Others Industry" is available and also contains a BREF chapter on silicon carbide.
For more information, materials or comments on the environmental activities of SiCMa, please address the SiCMa General Secretary.
The Directive 2009/29/EC defines the European greenhouse gas Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) for the period 2013-2020. The scope of the ETS for silicon carbide manufacturers depends on several parameters and SiCMa serves as an "exchange platform" on this topic for its members. For questions, comments or further information related to emission trading and energy taxes, please address the SiCMa General Secretary.
Health and Safety
Improving health and safety in the activities of production and processing of silicon carbide is a key target of SiCMa. The Association is closely following and contributing to ongoing studies by various research institutions in Europe.
Several guidance documents and scientific publications are available on health and safety related aspects of silicon carbide, such as a REACH compliant MSDS guideline for silicon carbide products.
Furthermore SiCMa is administering an internal database with significant literature entries on silicon carbide published over the past decades.
For more information, materials or comments on the health and safety related activities of SiCMa, please address the SiCMa General Secretary.
REACH, the EC Regulation No 1907/2006 on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals, entered into force in the entire European Economic Area on 1 June 2007. The regulation applies to all silicon carbide manufacturers who have production plants inside Europe, to all European importers of silicon carbide and to Only Representatives of silicon carbide producers outside the European Economic Area.
The following REACH registration deadlines are important to observe for silicon carbide manufacturers and importers depending on the produced or imported volume of silicon carbide per legal entity:
30 November 2010 for > 1, 000 t /year
31 May 2013 for 100 - 1000 t/year
31 May 2018 for 1- 10 t/year
SiCMa has prepared a REACH registration dossier for silicon carbide which has been successfully submitted to ECHA. The joint submission procedures for silicon carbide are established and ongoing. Companies that have registration obligations and are interested in purchasing a letter of access are encouraged to contact the SiCMa General Secretary for details and conditions.
The implementation of REACH is supervised by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in Helsinki, Finland. Further information and latest updates on the REACH Regulation can be found on the ECHA website web site.
CLP, the EC Regulation No 1272/2008 on classification, labeling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP Regulation) came into force in January 2009 and requires that European companies classify substances placed on the market and notify the classification and labeling to the ECHA for a central inventory. For any questions regarding the CLP notification of silicon carbide please visit the ECHA website or address the SiCMa General Secretary.