02 December 2009 19:43 [Source: ICIS news]
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Citing its own studies, BUND said that nanosilver posed serious health and ecological risks.
Nanosilver is a widely used nanomaterial. It acts as a germicide in appliances, cosmetics, textiles, colours and medical products, as well as packaging.
BUND said that the EU’s REACH chemical safety regulation and other laws should be updated to ensure that nanosilver is fully assessed and safely regulated. Until then, the sale of consumer products containing nanosilver should be stopped, it said.
However, VCI said that nanosilver, along with other nanomaterials, was safely regulated under existing laws.
Also, the industry, in cooperation with authorities, was developing risk assessments for nanomaterial products, on the basis of legal requirements, said Gerd Romanowski, the head of VCI’s science, technology and environment portfolio.
Furthermore, VCI had issued several guidelines on the evaluation and handling of nanomaterials in the supply chain, he said.
“The chemical industry acts very responsibly in handling nanomaterials,” he said.
While discussing the safety of nanomaterials, it was important to bear in mind the benefits these materials offered, especially in terms of helping to protect the environment and preserve natural resources, he added.
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