Date: Apr 15, 2009
The European Parliament is calling for stronger regulation of nanomaterials.
The European Parliament recently adopted a report on the "Regulatory Aspects of Nanomaterials" inviting the European Commission to review all relevant legislation and to implement the principle of "no data, no market" for all applications of nanomaterials in products with potential health, environmental or safety impacts over their life cycle.
The European Parliament believes that current legislation does not adequately cover the potential risks associated with nanomaterials.
More specifically, the European Parliament proposes to adopt the following measures:
In addition, the Parliament wants to see nanomaterials explicitly addressed within the scope of existing legislation such as REACH, the Biocidal Products Directive, EU food law, legislation on worker protection, as well as legislation on air quality, water quality and waste.
Regarding the REACH Regulation, the report proposes several amendments:
In addition, the report calls for the urgent development of adequate testing protocols and metrology standards to assess the hazards of, and exposure to, nanomaterials over the entire life cycle, using a multi-disciplinary approach.
The report will now be forwarded to the European Council, Commission, and the governments and parliaments of the Member States for discussion and adoption.
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