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May 24, 2018

EUON Reports on Nordic Information Campaign on REACH-Relevant Regulation for Nanomaterials

Lynn L. Bergeson Carla N. Hutton

On May 23, 2018, the European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON) published an article entitled “Nordic information campaign on REACH-relevant regulation for nanomaterials.”  According to EUON, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark are coordinating an information campaign through the N-Nano project group of the Nordic Chemical Working Group of the Nordic Council of Ministers.  The goal of the campaign is to develop a web-based tool to provide information on European Union (EU) chemical legislation requirements for nanomaterials, such as preparing a Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) registration for nanomaterials.  The tool, which will be available in English, will focus on small- and medium-sized companies that may not have sufficient in-house expertise on regulations covering nanomaterials.  EUON states that the tool is mainly based on the current version of REACH and will include a summary of:

  • The definition of nanomaterials;
  • The types of nanomaterials;
  • An overview of nanomaterial-specific annexes to existing REACH guidance;
  • The chemical and physical characterization of nanomaterials;
  • Data and testing of nanomaterials; and
  • Exposure and risk.

The information campaign is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.