Nanotech Regulatory Document Archive

A very interesting new database – found out about it today via a @kulinowski tweet : the Nanotech Regulatory Document Archive. According to its homepage : “The Nanotech Regulatory Document Archive is a free, searchable database of governmental documents from around the world relating to nanotechnology regulation. Each entry in the database provides a direct link and/or attached copy of a specific government document, an abstract of that document prepared for the database, and a listing of other pertinent information including author, date, and document type. (…).”


TACD Resolution on Consumer Products Containing Nanoparticles

The Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) is “a forum of US and EU consumer organisations which develops and agrees on joint consumer policy recommendations to the US government and European Union (…)“. At its annual meeting last week in Brussels, it adopted a resolution on consumer products containing nanoparticles. TACD actually “believes that steps urgently need to be taken in order to ensure that products containing manufactured nanoparticles are safe and beneficial to consumers and do not lead to new human health and environmental risks“. Therefore, it considers that “the EU and US should take prompt action to address the following regulatory needs” :

1 – Agree on definitions

2 – Identify products

3 – Develop testing methodologies adapted to nanoparticles

4 – Address research gaps

5 – Develop and adapt regulatory frameworks to address the special characteristics of nanomaterials

6 – Mandatory labeling

7 – Regulate marketing claims

8 – The public should be consulted about their views on nanotechnologies

9 – Governments should establish commissions to study the social and economic consequences of the displacement of existing industries and commodities by industries based in manufactured nanoparticles.

Nano & biocidal silver – Friends Of the Earth report

Friends of the Earth (FoE) released yesterday a report entitled   “Nano & biocidal silver – extreme germ killers present a growing threat to public health” (press release).

In the frame of this document, the NGO calls for “immediate moratorium on the commercial release of products that contain manufactured nanosilver until nanotechnology-specific regulation is introduced to protect the public, workers and the environment from their risks, and until the public is involved in decision-making“.

The report is rather dense with informations and documented with a lot of references. A very interesting part focuses on nanotechnology regulatory issues and discusses the European, Australian and US situations in this matter (pages 26-33 of the report).

Focus on nanotechnology law blogs

Already 4 blogs dedicated to the topic of nanotechnology laws/regulations are referenced on Nanocolors :

–> Nanotechnology Law : “A Journal of Nanotechnology Law and Policies, dedicated to assess legal implications of nanoscale technologies and the emerging molecular nanotechnology.”

–> Nanotechnology Law Blog : “Regulatory and legal developments involving nanotechnologies & nanomaterials

–> Nanotechnology Law Report : “Legal issues surrounding nanotechnology & general nanotechnology news and events

–> “Where science & law converge” : “A committed quest for ultimate knowledge and construction of international nanotechnology law. entailed in multi-disciplinary context. (…)

Please leave a comment if you know other such blogs 🙂

International approaches to the regulatory governance of nanotechnology

The Regulatory Governance Initiative (RGI) at Carleton University in Ottawa (Ontario, Canada) published in April a report entitled: “International Approaches to the Regulatory Governance of Nanotechnology“. According to the authors’ abstract :  “This report is an initial exploration into the question: ―How have Canada and other jurisdictions reacted to the recent emergence of nanotechnology-based products in the marketplace (and what is the current state of affairs)?” undertaken from the perspective of regulatory governance. The report is largely based on a literature review (up to March 2009) that has been corroborated with expert interviews. Our focus is on five jurisdictions (US, UK, EU, Australia and Canada) and we describe how the emergence of nanotechnology triggered activities in three domains: (a) public and stakeholder debate, (b) development of initial policy options, and (c) the management of regulatory development in a situation of scarce data. On the basis of these up-to-date descriptions, we have selected a set of six regulatory governance principles and discuss the extent to which best practices are starting to emerge.

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

Nanotechnology Law

Nanotechnology Law is the 3rd blog presented on Nanocolors specifically dedicated to nanotech laws & regulations issues. It presents itself as “a Journal of Nanotechnology Law and Policies, dedicated to assess legal implications of nanoscale technologies and the emerging molecular nanotechnology“. After a long period of inactivity between September 2007 and March 2009 (!), a few recent posts suggest the blog is still alive… Its RSS feed is available here.