by Brittany Tofinchio Palmer
Germany’s Ministry of Environment has taken the initiative to develop safety measure recommendations for nanomaterials. It is urging the European Commission to adopt the recommendations as a way to identify and assess risks to the environment. Currently, nanomaterials are not heavily regulated. The Ministry’s recommendations include the following:
In addition to the above, the Ministry recommended adapting Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) to provide for nanomaterial information and notification requirements, and adapting the UN’s Globally Harmonized System to provide for applicable classification, labeling, and packaging classification criteria.