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EU NanoSafety Cluster publishes Research Regulatory Roadmap

Date: 10/3/2017

The European NanoSafety Cluster (NSC) has published a Roadmap report entitled “Research priorities relevant to development or updating of nano-relevant regulations and guidelines”.

The purpose of the document, authored by Professor Vicki Stone in collaboration with numerous other members of the NSC, is to identify complete and ongoing activities associated with development of appropriate regulations relevant to promoting the safety of nanomaterials. In doing so, the document identifies research areas or priorities that need to be addressed further in order to facilitate this process.

There are already several regulations in EU that specifically mention nanoparticles or nanomaterials. The first EU regulation mentioning nanotechnology was the Food Additive Regulation (EC) No. 1333/2008. Since then, other adapted regulations have been incorporated in areas relevant to food, cosmetics, packaging and biocides. However, as noted by the authors, there remain significant gaps in knowledge and procedures that need to be addressed in order to generate appropriate and proportionate regulation for nanomaterials that is informed by a sound evidence base.

The report outlines the current regulatory landscape as it pertains to nanomaterials and then identifies the additional major areas that need to be considered, pointing out relevant activities that have or are being conducted in relation to each, but highlighting those for which more work is needed. Some of the proposed work is academic research, while a proportion is related to standardisation/validation, and the remainder involves integration of evidence with social and political considerations in order to better regulate nanomaterials.

Click here to download the report in full.

Source: NanoSafety Cluster

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