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October 16, 2018

NanoReg2 Publishes Grouping and Read Across Article in Nanotechnology

Lynn L. Bergeson Carla N. Hutton

The Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) announced on October 5, 2018, that the NanoReg2 project, of which NIA is a partner, has published a comprehensive review of European Union (EU) legislation addressing chemical substances and the potential for grouping and read across in nanomaterials.  The article, “Insights into possibilities for grouping and read-across for nanomaterials in EU chemicals legislation,” considers both the overarching regulation of chemical substances under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation and the Classification, Labeling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures (CLP) regulation, and the sector-specific pieces of legislation for cosmetic, plant protection, and biocidal products, and legislation addressing food, novel food, and food contact materials.  The review identifies and reviews the relevant supporting documents (e.g., guidance documents) regarding each piece of legislation, considering the relevant technical and scientific literature.  The review identifies prospective regulatory needs for implementing grouping in the assessment of nanomaterials, and answers whether each particular piece of legislation permits the use of grouping and read-across to address information gaps.