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  Regulations of Nanotechnologies

Nanomaterials have been a very late point of discussion within regulations – REACH - therefore it is difficult to find correct amendments for nanotechnology. Existing policies are mostly additions to the European Union (EU) directives. One of the big problems is that the risks associated with the use of nanomaterials are still not sufficiently understood. Therefore one of the top priorities of the European Union and the European Commission is to complete these existing directives. One step in the right direction was the introduction of last year Recommendation on Definition for Nanomaterials by the European Commission.  

In April 2012 the Guidance on Information Requirements and Chemical Safety Assessment, which include the registration of nanomaterials was published by the ECHA (European Chemicals Agency).

Important issues to be addressed for nanomaterials are:

  • registration for imported and manufactured nanomaterials <1 tonne,
  • ensure correct market placement of nanoproducts,
  • nanomaterials as independent "new" substances – evaluation of chemical safety reports and exposure assessment and
  • data process: Long term vs. short term studies on behaviour of nanomaterials
  • to protect human and environmental health at all levels.
This project is implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme co-financed by the ERDF.