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EU's "incrimental approach" in regulating nanomaterials

Thursday, June 28, 2007

We've had discussions on the Berkeley's regulation and I have posted some articles on EU's REACH. Here's an article explaining existing EU's regulatory infrastructure applicable to nanomaterials/nanoparticles and its weaknesses:
The European Commission has adopted a so-called ‘‘incremental approach’’, which focuses on adapting existing laws to regulate nanotechnologies, and therefore this paper aims to test the effectiveness of the ‘‘incremental approach’’. Three commercially available products containing fullerenes (C60 and carbon nanotubes) were analysed in a life cycle perspective in order to (1) map current applicable regulations, (2) analyse their applicability to nanomaterials, (3) identify their gaps, and (4) suggest proper solutions.
Read the full paper here.

My general observation: the paper still based itself on "emission" paradigm. Thus, the playing field is in the lowering of permissible emission. An important point here is that the paper suggested "free nanoparticles" to be exclusively categorized under the REACH and that it should be specifically registered. Interestingly, the paper recommends bottom-up nanoparticle to be regarded as "new substance".