Green NGO calls for EU regulatory framework for nanomaterials

08 October 2009 13:23  [Source: ICIS news]

BRUSSELS (ICIS news)--The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) on Thursday called for an EU regulatory framework to ensure better environmental and health protection from nanomaterials.

The EEB, which represents 150 green non-governmental organisations (NGOs), proposed that the European Commission introduce a pre-market registration and approval framework for nanomaterials to anticipate future applications before they are put on the market.

The organisation also said public consultations should be held on nanotechnologies and nanomaterials “so that public opinion plays a more central role in helping to shape nano’s development and to guide research towards only those technologies with true social benefits and improvements”.

The EU should also draw up new legislation before nanomaterials penetrate the market further, rather than relying on “reviews and fragmented adjustment of existing legislation”, said the EEB.

Europe needs an overarching policy and regulatory framework which addresses the various applications of nanotechnologies coherently and comprehensively to ensure better environmental and human health protection in a growing area of innovation,” said Dragomira Raeva, EEB Nanotechnology Policy Officer.

Scientists claim that nanotechnology can offer advantages in a wide variety of chemical applications, including energy and climate products such as photovoltaic equipment and batteries for electronic cars.

The European Commission and the Swedish EU Presidency will hold a conference on nanomaterials in Brussels on Friday.

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By: Philippa Jones
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