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Nanomaterials and Nanotechnologies

3.10.2012: Commission Communication on the Second Regulatory Review on Nanomaterials , COM(2012)572

It assesses progress on the extent to which potential risks of nanomaterials are properly addressed and describes the Commission’s plans to improve EU law and its application to ensure their safe use. The definition of nanomaterials adopted in 2011 will be integrated in EU legislation, where appropriate. Overall, REACH sets the best possible framework for the risk management of nanomaterials but more specific requirements within the framework have proven necessary, in particular modifications in some of the REACH Annexes and development of guidance for registrations after 2013.

The Communication is accompanied by a Staff Working Paper on nanomaterial types and uses, including safety aspects (SWD(2012)288 final), which gives a detailed overview of available information on nanomaterials on the market, including their benefits and risks. The Commission will create a web platform with references to all relevant information sources, including registries on a national or sector level, where they exist. In parallel, the Commission will launch an impact assessment to identify and develop the most adequate means to increase transparency and ensure regulatory
oversight, including an in-depth analysis of the data gathering needs for such purpose.

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