Information requirements for regulation of nanomaterials

Published 20-03-2013

New report proposes technical information requirements for nanomaterials, which may be used in legislative instruments concerning nanomaterials such as the REACH regulation on chemicals.

The Danish Environmental Protection Agency publishes a report with a proposal for technical information requirements for nanomaterials, which may be used in legislative instruments concerning nanomaterials such as the REACH regulation on chemicals.

The proposal includes existing standard testing requirements as currently used for chemicals in general. In addition, the report proposes a number of new endpoints for assessment of effects in the environment and for physical characterisation of nanomaterials as well as adaptation of existing toxicological tests. The proposal also recommends that testing of nanomaterials is required at lower tonnages than for ordinary chemicals. Finally, a number of issues are identified requiring further scientific or political clarification before nanomaterials can be considered to be adequately regulated.

The report is published as a part of efforts under the Danish Action Plan for Chemicals and should be regarded as a contribution to the general work to attain an international regulation in this area.

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