This Communication constitutes the follow-up to the 2008 Commission Communication on regulatory aspects of nanomaterials.
It assesses the adequacy and implementation of EU legislation for nanomaterials, indicates follow-up actions and responds to issues raised by the European Parliament, the Council and the European Economic and Social Committee.
It is accompanied by a Commission Staff Working Paper (SWP) on Nanomaterial Types and Uses, including Safety Aspects which responds to the European Parliament’s concern that the Commission’s approach to nanomaterials is jeopardised by the lack of information on the use and on the safety of nanomaterials that are already on the market. The SWP provides detailed information on the definition of nanomaterials, nanomaterial markets, uses, benefits, health and safety aspects, risk assessment, and information and databases on nanomaterials.
2. DEFINITION OF NANOMATERIALS
3. BENEFITS OF NANOMATERIALS AND THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO GROWTH AND JOBS; INNOVATION AND COMPETITIVENESS
4. SAFETY ASPECTS
4.1. Nanomaterials in the workplace, in consumer products and in the environment
4.2. Safety, risk assessment, and risk/benefit assessment
5. REACH AND CLP
5.1. Coverage of nanomaterials in REACH registrations and CLP notifications
5.2. Substance identification and registration timelines
5.3. Chemical safety assessment
5.4. Extension of REACH obligations to small volume nanomaterials
6. HEALTH, SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION IN EU LEGISLATION
7. NEED FOR BETTER ACCESSIBLE INFORMATION