The Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) has responded to the European Commission’s (EC) public consultation on transparency measures for nanomaterials on the market, commenting that ‘nanomaterials should not be discriminated against based on the sole factor of their size – any transparency measure that would come on top of the existing regulatory framework is therefore inappropriate’. NIA believes that a European registry would increase neither safety nor consumer confidence, but would in fact encourage innovation to migrate out of the EU and run the risk of the societal benefits of nanotechnology not materialising for European citizens.
NIA ‘considers that the existing REACH and CLP regulation provide[s] an appropriate framework for [regulating] nanomaterials’ and that ‘additional measures would hamper the competitiveness of innovative European companies’. The Association would rather see REACH improved ‘following suitable and appropriate modifications of the REACH Annexes, ECHA guidance, and…intensified information campaigns…for registrants, especially for SMEs’. Nevertheless were additional registration schemes to be enforced by the EC, NIA advocates that ‘R&D use of nanomaterials would have to be exempted in order to safeguard the innovative potential of Europe’.
The EC is developing an impact assessment report ‘to identify and develop the most adequate means to increase transparency and ensure regulatory oversight on nanomaterials’ as part of its Second Regulatory Review on Nanomaterials. In order to inform this report, a consultation was run through questionnaires for both industrial and non-industrial stakeholders.
Follow this link to read NIA’s full response, and this link to learn more about what the EC is doing as part of its Second Regulatory Review on Nanomaterials.