Black Copper

Classification and Labelling Proposals for Black Copper

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

ECI Ref  Substance SIEF Facilitator
B5 Black Copper, copper smelting
(EC 918-452-0)
Metallo-Chimique NV

Black Copper is defined as :

Metallic substance produced by melting and/or processing of metallic (scrap) and/or oxidic copper bearing materials (slag, oxides, ashes).  Black copper is composed primarily of copper, contains other residual ferrous and non-ferrous metals and may contain metal oxides and metal sulphides.  Black copper will gradually be transformed into “blister copper” or “anode copper”, with copper content > 80%, during further metallurgical processes.

The Joint Registration dossier was successfully submitted to ECHA on 7th September 2010. Members of the ECI-managed Consortium, along with any purchasers of the appropriate Letter of Access, were provided with the necessary documents, plus the required REACH IT security token.

In April 2014, the joint dossier was extended to satisfy REACH Art 10 conditions, including the provision of a joint Chemical Safety Report (CSR).

The substance is used solely as Intermediate.

Depending on their own manufacturing and use profiles, individual members of this joint registration may have decided to register the substance in accordance with Strictly Controlled Conditions (SCC) requirements (REACH Art. 17/18), or as a full registration (REACH Art 10). Letter of Access purchasers are requested to contact ECI should they wish to upgrade their own registration from Art 17/18 to Art 10 and to secure the rights to use the joint CSR.

ECI’s REACH Classification, Labelling and Packaging proposals for Black Copper have been assessed in the REACH dossier in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 and the CLP Regulation (EC) 1272/2008. The rationales for these proposals are contained in the Joint Submission dossier submitted to ECHA by the Lead Registrant.

Information on the composition and classification of Black Copper can be downloaded here.

Earlier communications made to this SIEF can be requested from ECI at

  • ECI Communication to SIEF – September 2010
  • ECI Communication to SIEF – March 2010
  • ECI Communication to SIEF – October 2009
  • ECI Communication to SIEF – March 2009
  • Lead Registrant and ECI Communication to SIEF – June 2009