Applicability of environmental legislation for nanomaterials
The focus of this study, undertaken by the Safety of Nanomaterials Interdisciplinary Research Centre (SnIRC), was to:
- consider the appropriateness of existing frameworks for environmental regulation in the face of the risks posed by current and projected products and applications of nanotechnologies – with a focus on the risks posed by free nanoparticles and nanotubes; and
- identify measures that can be put in place to ensure adequate protection for human health and the environment, if any regulatory gaps are found.
The study identified a number of regulatory gaps, which are broadly applicable across a number of relevant legislation. Where possible, the reviewers have also suggested a way forward to fill the regulatory gaps