REACH Metals Gateway

Copper [Cu]

In May 2005, the copper industry, under the leadership of the European Copper Institute (ECI), presented a Voluntary Risk Assessment for copper to the European authorities. After extensive review, including endorsement from the EU’s Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risk (SCHER), this comprehensive dossier was accepted in April 2008.

The dossier covered over 90% of the information necessary to complete the Chemical Safety Report and Hazard Classification requirements for copper under REACH.

ECI member companies also worked on identifying an inventory of intermediates, linked to the production of copper, which also required registration.

Based on these, ECI led the formation of a broad industry Consortium, which held its first General Assembly on February 26th 2008. Since then, the Consortium successfully completed the required Joint Submission dossiers and helped its members meet their November 30th 2010 registration deadlines. Click here for more information.

ECI's Consortium remains open to new members, or to Letter of Access customers. This reduces the cost and effort for all companies to meet their individual legal entity registrations.

A separate entity has been leading a consortium for copper compounds.

For loA & Classifications on Copper metal & copper by-products/intermediates & final slag please see here and more specifically on copper metal here

Copper consortium Factsheet

Name Formula EINECS CAS Contact Point
Copper Cu 231-159-6 7440-50-6 

Cu anode   918-168-7 n.a.
Cu matte   266-967-8 67711-91-5
Black Cu   918-452-0 n.a.
Slimes & Sludges from Cu production   266-972-5 67711-95-9
Speiss Cu   273-836-9 69029-97-6
Slag, copper smelting- product final copper slags used as construction material 266-968-3 67711-92-6
Slag, copper refining Slags not used in construction works 266-970-4 67711-94-8
Copper scales   273-744-9 69012-45-9
Flue dusts, copper refining   266-966-2 67711-90-4
Electrolyte, copper manuf., spent   273-752-2 69012-54-0
Residue, Nickel matte leaching   927-629-1 n.a.
Cupro   919-583-6 n.a.

Last page update: 7 January 2019