Copper Residues

Classification and Labelling Proposals for Residue, Nickel Matte Leaching

On behalf of the SIEF Facilitator for “Residue, Nickel Matte Leaching” the European Copper Institute is authorised to communicate this information to all participants in the SIEF for the EINECS numbers below.

ECI Ref Substance SIEF Facilitator
B14 Residues, Nickel MatteLeaching 
(EC 927-629-1)
MMC Norilsk Nickel

Residue, nickel matte leaching is defined as:

Product obtained by leaching Nickel matte with chlorine or sulphuric acid.  It is composed primarily of copper sulphide and sulphates

The Joint Registration dossier was successfully submitted to ECHA on 24th 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 Residue, nickel matte leaching 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.

The 2014 conclusions below reflect the latest Adaptation to Technical Progress (ATP):

Residue, nickel matte leaching 

Hazard Class and Category Code(s) Hazard Statement
Acute Tox. 4 (oral) H302: Harmful if swallowed
Skin Irrit. 2 H315: Causes skin irritation
Skin Sens. 1 H317: May cause an allergic skin reaction
Muta. 2 H341: Suspected of causing genetic defects
Carc. 1A H350: May cause cancer
STOT Rep. Exp. 2 H373: May cause damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure
(Affected organs: respiratory tract, lungs; Route of exposure: inhalation).
Aquatic Chronic 1 H410: Very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects

ECI will continue to offer Letters of Access to registrants. The next ECHA registration deadline is June 1st 2018 for tonnages between 1 and 100 T.  Click here to download terms and conditions and application form (Click here for Word version). At this time, there is no published fee for an LoA for this Intermediate. Potential customers are invited to contact ECI at to discuss the issue of sameness and a fair fee.

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 – February 2009
  • Lead Registrant and ECI Communication to ECHA – June 2009