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European Commission holds public consultation on transparency measures for nanomaterials on the market


As part of the Communication on the Second Regulatory Review on Nanomaterials, the European Commission has announced the launch of an impact assessment to identify and develop the most adequate means to increase transparency and ensure regulatory oversight on nanomaterials. This analysis will include those nanomaterials currently falling outside existing notification, registration or authorisation schemes. The public consultation will be open until the 5th of August 2014.



The impact assessment will examine different policy options that are aimed at gathering available information or generating new information on the presence of nanomaterials and products containing nanomaterials on the market. The impact assessment will also generate data that will help address the more basic questions of whether, why and to what extent there is an information gap, whether and on what scale this poses a problem, what benefits additional information could bring and at what costs.


This public consultation is conducted in support of the impact assessment. Its objective is to obtain stakeholder views on:

  • the currently available information on nanomaterials on the market
  • the problem definition that forms the basis of the impact assessment
  • the potential positive and/or negative impacts of the examined policy options


The public consultation will be open until the 5th of August 2014, with the final Impact Assessment Board opinion due on the 10th of December 2014. There are two separate consultations: one for industry stakeholders (private companies, industry associations) and one for all interested stakeholders (individuals, authorities, academia, non-industry associations, etc.).


The public consultation and further information can be accessed at http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/sectors/chemicals/reach/nanomaterials/public-consultation_en.htm


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