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Nano – the more approaches, the more problems

Friday, 21 November 2014 | Posted by: Damir Gagro, European Coatings Journal

The risks of exposure to nanotechnology became a public concern and consequently a political discussion. The European Commission is tackling the issue nanomaterials quite actively on top of providing a recommendation for a definition. Nanomaterials hould be handled by the chemicals over-arching regulation REACH. However, more specific requirements are necessary to handle the risk management of nanomaterials within the framework of REACH.

Another register for nanomaterials would lead to an additional burden for the coatings industry. Nanomaterials that have been known and used for decades, and for which safety and health information is known should not be part of this definition. Activities in EU member states are showing the consequences. Currently, the definition by some governments would include all mixtures containing nanomaterials. Consequently all paints, coatings and printing inks would be affected by regulations. France was the first country to set up a register in 2012. This year Belgium has joined France’s approach. It is the second country that has implemented a nano register. Denmark is about to follow. And Norway has updated its existing product registries to include information on nanomaterials. As none of these approaches is compatible, an EU-wide approach is preferable.

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