Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors

Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button

Home > Press > Belgian EU Presidency - Regulation of products containing nanomaterial: Traceability, a pre-condition to acceptability

Paul Magnette, the Belgian Minister for Energy, Environment, Sustainable Development and Consumer Protection
Paul Magnette, the Belgian Minister for Energy, Environment, Sustainable Development and Consumer Protection

Abstract:
Within the framework of the Belgian Presidency of the EU, a conference on the development of nanomaterials management and information tools is being held today. No wonder, as nanomaterials are increasingly more often found in consumer products and items.

Belgian EU Presidency - Regulation of products containing nanomaterial: Traceability, a pre-condition to acceptability

EU | Posted on September 20th, 2010

Paul Magnette, the Belgian Minister for Energy, Environment, Sustainable Development and Consumer Protection has opened the day. "I took the initiative of organising this event with social ecology in mind. Social ecology aims at protecting consumer health and environment and at guaranteeing the development of a secure and sound economy based notably on innovation and acceptable industrial applications that create quality jobs. In this context it is essential to reassure consumers that all products containing nanomaterial (or made using nanotechnology), that are on the market, have been tested by an independent body and do not constitute a health hazard".

In fact, several questions regarding the risks posed by nanomaterials to health and environment remain unanswered. The seminar will enable us to review the situation of nanomaterials' traceability and the legislative initiatives underway, in order to work out, in the short-term, an operational framework to deal with incidents and, in the long-term, to improve risk management.

"We await the next European Environment and Health Action Plan which is expected to address the challenge of nanomaterials among its priority areas. In 2011, the Commission will also have to respond to the European Parliament Resolution adopted in April 2009, on the regulatory aspects of nanomaterials. According to the resolution, various ambitious measures will be taken in order to ensure safety with regard to nanomaterials and nanotechnology".

Furthermore, Minister Magnette has put forward 5 following proposals worked out by the Belgian Presidency to respond to consumer needs whilst ensuring their safety:

1. Define the obligation to inform the consumer of the presence of nanomaterials in consumer products.
2. Ensure the traceability of the chain so as to be able to return to the source, if necessary. Regarding this aspect, it would be obligatory to maintain a register of nanomaterials.
3. Identify the most appropriate regulatory path at the EU level for risk evaluation and management.
4. Encourage Member States, during this transitory period, to take up the responsibility and draw up integrated national strategies and concrete measures in favour of risk management, information and monitoring.
5. Regulate the claims made on labels of products containing nanomaterials.

The Belgian Presidency is sending out a clear signal to the European and national authorities, scientific and regulatory bodies, so that they take the necessary measures leading to the required regulatory provisions in order to dispel doubts regarding the effects of nanomaterials, at the earliest.

####

For more information, please click here

Contacts:
Tineke Sonck
Spokeswoman for Minister Paul Magnette

+32 (0)473 96 73 51

Marie-Isabelle Gomez
Spokeswoman for Minister Paul Magnette

+32 (0)474 78 65 93

Copyright © The Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

Sirrus's Issued Patent Portfolio Continues To Accelerate July 18th, 2018

FEFU scientists reported on toxicity of carbon and silicon nanotubes and carbon nanofibers: Nanoparticles with a wide range of applying, including medicine, damage cells of microalgae Heterosigma akashivo badly. July 18th, 2018

In borophene, boundaries are no barrier: Rice U., Northwestern researchers make and test atom-thick boron's unique domains July 17th, 2018

Tuning into quantum: Scientists unlock signal frequency control of precision atom qubits July 16th, 2018

Preparing for Nano

How nanoscience will improve our health and lives in the coming years: Targeted medicine deliveries and increased energy efficiency are just two of many ways October 26th, 2016

Searching for a nanotech self-organizing principle May 1st, 2016

Nanotechnology is changing everything from medicine to self-healing buildings: Nanotechnology is so small it's measured in billionths of metres, and it is revolutionising every aspect of our lives April 2nd, 2016

Durnham University's DEEPEN project comes to a close September 26th, 2012

Govt.-Legislation/Regulation/Funding/Policy

FEFU scientists reported on toxicity of carbon and silicon nanotubes and carbon nanofibers: Nanoparticles with a wide range of applying, including medicine, damage cells of microalgae Heterosigma akashivo badly. July 18th, 2018

In borophene, boundaries are no barrier: Rice U., Northwestern researchers make and test atom-thick boron's unique domains July 17th, 2018

Tuning into quantum: Scientists unlock signal frequency control of precision atom qubits July 16th, 2018

Nano-kirigami: 'Paper-cut' provides model for 3D intelligent nanofabrication July 13th, 2018

Materials/Metamaterials

In borophene, boundaries are no barrier: Rice U., Northwestern researchers make and test atom-thick boron's unique domains July 17th, 2018

Barium ruthenate: A high-yield, easy-to-handle perovskite catalyst for the oxidation of sulfides July 13th, 2018

Carbon is the new black: Researchers use carbon nanotubes to develop clothing that can double as batteries July 10th, 2018

High-power electronics keep their cool with new heat-conducting crystals July 6th, 2018

Announcements

Sirrus's Issued Patent Portfolio Continues To Accelerate July 18th, 2018

FEFU scientists reported on toxicity of carbon and silicon nanotubes and carbon nanofibers: Nanoparticles with a wide range of applying, including medicine, damage cells of microalgae Heterosigma akashivo badly. July 18th, 2018

In borophene, boundaries are no barrier: Rice U., Northwestern researchers make and test atom-thick boron's unique domains July 17th, 2018

Tuning into quantum: Scientists unlock signal frequency control of precision atom qubits July 16th, 2018

Environment

FEFU scientists reported on toxicity of carbon and silicon nanotubes and carbon nanofibers: Nanoparticles with a wide range of applying, including medicine, damage cells of microalgae Heterosigma akashivo badly. July 18th, 2018

Nanomaterials could mean more algae outbreaks for wetlands, waterways: High tech metal particles may inadvertently take a toll on aquatic life June 26th, 2018

Squeezing light at the nanoscale: Ultra-confined light could detect harmful molecules June 17th, 2018

A nanotech sensor that turns molecular fingerprints into bar codes June 7th, 2018

Safety-Nanoparticles/Risk management

FEFU scientists reported on toxicity of carbon and silicon nanotubes and carbon nanofibers: Nanoparticles with a wide range of applying, including medicine, damage cells of microalgae Heterosigma akashivo badly. July 18th, 2018

Nanomaterials could mean more algae outbreaks for wetlands, waterways: High tech metal particles may inadvertently take a toll on aquatic life June 26th, 2018

NIOSH Releases New Nanotechnology Workplace Design Recommendations March 13th, 2018

How harmful are nano-copper and anti-fungal combinations in the waterways? October 27th, 2017

Events/Classes

Nanometrics to Announce Second Quarter Financial Results on July 31, 2018 July 12th, 2018

SUNY Poly-Led AIM Photonics and Partners Attend SEMICON West 2018 to Showcase High-Tech Advances, Collaboration, and Future R&D Opportunities: New York’s Tech Valley Makes a Major Showing in Silicon Valley July 3rd, 2018

Arrowhead Presents New Clinical Data on ARO-AAT at Alpha-1 National Education Conference July 1st, 2018

Nanometrics to Participate in the 10th Annual CEO Investor Summit 2018: Accredited investor and publishing research analyst event held concurrently with SEMICON West and Intersolar 2018 in San Francisco June 28th, 2018

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE



  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More











ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project