FOEA Emerging tech Project

More countries to introduce nanomaterial registers

Belgium, Denmark and Norway have given further details of their plans to follow France by requiring companies to report information about their use of nanomaterials. The fact that other countries are already implementing such systems stretches the credibility of the Federal Government’s claim that the feasibility of implementing a similar system here is "questionable". Sweden is also investigating whether it needs a national register and is due to report on its findings later this year.

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Late lessons from early warnings

Governments are failing to properly regulate nanotechnology according to a hard-hitting new report released by the European Environment Agency (EEA). Despite early warnings of the damage some nanomaterials could cause, governments are still reacting too slowly to signs of potentially deadly environmental hazards. This has prompted claims that they have failed to heed the lessons from millions of asbestos deaths.

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The jury is still out on the safety of nano sunscreen

A number of industry commentators have pointed to the European Commission’s (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS)’s recent Opinion on nano zinc oxide (ZnO) as evidence of its safety. However, the SCCS Opinion clearly describes how nano-zinc oxide has been shown to be more toxic and have greater potential for skin penetration than larger particles of zinc oxide.

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