While the nanotechnology industry is growing exponentially, research into the human health impacts of nanomaterials is still in its infancy. As the industry expands so does our exposure to nanomaterials – in food, cosmetics, water, plants, and a host of consumer products that remain unlabelled.
Scientists are only just beginning to understand the potential risks associated with releasing nanomaterials into the environment. Despite growing evidence of potential harm, hundreds of thousands of tonnes of nanomaterials are already being released into our soils, water and atmosphere.
This factsheet outlines the agencies responsible for regulating nanotechnology in Australia and the extent of regulation.