Activated Carbon Consortium

Definition of the substances


The Activated Carbon Consortium is preparing exclusively for the registration of Activated Carbon.


Activated carbons have a large adsorption capacity, preferably for small molecules, and are used for purification of liquids and gases. By controlling the process of carbonization and activation, a variety of active carbons having different porosity can be obtained. Activated carbons are available in powdered and non-powder forms. Non-powdered forms include granular, pellet (extruded) and textile form.


Other terms used in the literature: active carbons, active charcoals.


1995, 67, 476 IUPAC Compendium of Chemical Terminology 2nd Edition (1997)


During our work on the registration dossier, we have concluded that from the REACH perspective it may be necessary to regard Steam Activated Carbon (SAC) and Chemically Activated Carbon as different substances.


During the dossier preparation for Activated Carbon, it has has been concluded that from a REACH perspective it is necessary to identify and register two types of Activated Carbon:


Activated Carbon - Low Density Skeleton




Activated Carbon - High Density Skeleton


The reason for two substances was principally differences in physical-chemical properties and the substances have been defined by their different skeleton densities. No significant differences in toxicology have been identified.