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Current activity relating to the regulation of nanotechnologies

Follow the links below for an overview of our services and current awareness in relation to nanotechnologies regulation, across the four key areas:

Substances & Products


Worker Protection

REACH & Nanomaterials

RegulationThe development of nanotechnologies over the last two decades promises to bring great benefits to society and the global economy, through numerous commercial and technical applications. However, the novel properties and behaviours of substances at the nanoscale mean they also present new risks, which are yet to be fully investigated and understood.

This poses the question of whether existing regulatory regimes are sufficient to protect workers, consumers and the environment from such risks. Calls for governments to step in and guard against the inherent risks of such new technologies are being met with a debate between government, industry and the community as to where the responsibility for such safeguarding should lie. In addition, balancing innovation and commercialisation of nanotechnologies to maximise economic sustainability in an uncertain global environment, whilst also showing sufficient precaution is particularly challenging. 

Significant work is on-going at national and international levels to determine the extent to which nanomaterials and nanotechnology-enabled products fall within existing regulatory frameworks, and the adequacy of these frameworks for managing potential risks.

A vital aspect of the successful and responsible development and commercialisation of nanomaterials and nanotechnology-enabled products is sustained awareness of regulatory developments and a pro-active approach to ensuring compliance. 

With our proven expertise in nanotechnology safety and experience in providing independent technical expertise to support regulatory decision-making, SAFENANO is ideally placed to support your needs in relation to regulatory compliance.

Our range of services include:

  • Scoping of regulatory requirements & obligations;
  • Provision of best practice guidance to support regulatory compliance;
  • Review & gap analysis of regulatory submissions;
  • Data gathering to fulfil regulatory information requirements.

Did you know?

SAFENANO was established in 2006 as a Centre of Excellence in Nanosafety.