Nanomaterials : the European Parliament calls for more prudence

With a very clear vote (391/398) Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) call for the “provision of information to consumers on the use of nanomaterials in consumer products : all ingredients present in the form of nanomaterials in substances, mixtures or articles should be clearly indicated in the labelling of the product“.  They also call for the “urgent development of adequate testing protocols and metrology standards to assess the hazard of, and exposure of workers, consumers and the environment to, nanomaterials over their entire life cycle“.  Additionally, MEPs specifically call on the European Commission to evaluate the need to review the REACH regulation (REACH : Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) and to evaluate the need to review worker protection legislation concerning several nanomaterial issues.

Source : article (24/04/2009) on the European Parliament website


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