Download PDF
December 12, 2012

EPA and CPSC Collaborating on Nanomaterial Research

Lynn L. Bergeson

On December 11, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a research collaboration intended to assess potential impacts of nanomaterials on people’s health and the environment.  According to EPA’s press release, the research is part of a “larger international effort” that includes:

  • Identifying, characterizing and quantifying the origins of nanomaterials;
  • Studying biological processes affected by nanomaterials that could influence risk;
  • Determining how nanomaterials interact with complex systems in the human body and the environment;
  • Involving industry to develop sustainable manufacturing processes; and
  • Sharing knowledge through innovative online applications that allow for rapid feedback and accelerated research progress.

The press release states that CPSC will use the results of the research to inform:

  • Protocol development to assess the potential release of nanomaterials from consumer products;
  • Credible rules for consumer product testing to evaluate exposure; and
  • Determination of the potential public health impacts of nanomaterial used in consumer products.