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    Carbon black in tires, quantum dots in LEDs or titanium nitride in PET bottles ...
    Our knowledge base provides information on products and applications of nanomaterials, illuminates health and environmental aspects.

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    News and information around the topic of nanotechnology.

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    Research regarding the impacts of nanoparticles on people and the environment is needed. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research funds projects to fill knowledge gaps and to initiate measures to identify and minimize risk.

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    Basic information about nanomaterials for humans and the environment.


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Belgium is now the second EU country after France (2013) which adopted a mandatory nanomaterial reporting scheme containing specific regulations governing the placement of nanomaterials on the market. Starting from 2016 companies who put substances and mixtures containing nanomaterials on the Belgian market have to register their materials. An evaluation on whether products containing nanomaterials will also need to be registered is planned for 2017.


The reporting scheme will allow the health authorities to respond quickly to any potentially hazardous nanomaterials and forward all relevant information transmitted to the occupational health and safety bodies. Ultimately it is hoped that the scheme will strengthen the public's and worker's trust in the technology.


Registration for substances containing nanomaterials starts 1st January 2016, while mixtures will have to be registered from 1st January 2017.


The complete press release (in French) can be accessed via


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Information on the sponsorship programmes of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research on nanotechnologies for humans and the environment.


Knowledge Base

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A database with important and generally understandable aspects on health and environment of applied nanomaterials as well as facts on the safety of manufactured nanomaterials.


Nano Basics

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The chapters on release, exposure, uptake and behavior of nanomaterials in the human body and in the environment as well as the risk assessment will give you a first overview.



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