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Validation workshop on transparency measures for nanomaterials Published on: 19/05/2014, Last update: 16/06/2015

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Event date: 30/06 > 30/06/2014
Location: Brussels -
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The Commission organised a validation workshop to discuss the preliminary results of the study supporting the impact assessment on transparency measures for nanomaterials.

The impact assessment on transparency measures for nanomaterials is a response to concerns about potentially inadequate action on health and environmental risks of nanomaterials and potentially suboptimal consumer choices as a result of lack of information being currently available to authorities, downstream user industries, distributers, workers and consumers. Over the course of the impact assessment exercise, a number of policy options will be defined, refined and assessed, such as a single nanoregistry at an EU level with different variations, a structured effort to collect available information on nanomaterials, a recommendation on best practices for national registries or no additional action compared to the current legal framework.

A study was launched to evaluate existing notification systems for nanomaterials and to collect data in support of the assessment of different policy options. Preliminary results of this study were made available by mid-June 2014. These results were discussed with interested stakeholders at the validation workshop. During this workshop, stakeholders were invited to provide their input on the study and the related impact assessment.

Agenda (343 KB)

A summary of the workshop discussion. (2 MB)


Introduction to the EU legislative framework for nanomaterials & the study on transparency measures for nanomaterials (392 KB), Maurits-Jan Prinz (DG Enterprise and Industry)

Evaluation of existing nanomaterial notification systems (1 MB), Marco Camboni (RPA)

Hazards and risks of nanomaterials and potential benefits of transparency measures (2 MB), Marco Camboni (RPA)

Nanomaterials markets (value chain characterization, growth and innovation) and potential impacts of the transparency measures (1 MB), Andrew Turley (RPA)

Outlook to the assessment of policy options (162 KB), Maurits-Jan Prinz (DG Enterprise and Industry)


The webcast of the entire meeting includes all presentations, panel discussions and questions & answers-sessions:

Video of the morning session

Video of the afternoon session