Download PDF
March 23, 2011

Sweden Will Focus on Nanomaterials in National Action Plan

Lynn L. Bergeson

According to a March 10, 2011, press release, the risks connected with nanomaterials are one of the areas on which the Swedish Chemicals Agency (KemI) will focus in its national action plan, which will apply from 2011-2014. The press release states that the objective is for Sweden “to become one of the leading member states in the [European Union (EU)] in proposing new bans and restrictions.” Sweden expects the action plan to “lead to intensified cooperation and dialogue with other government agencies, industry, researchers, environmental and consumer organisations.” In December 2010, the Swedish government commissioned KemI to produce a “national action plan for a toxin-free everyday environment.” KemI intends to focus on children “as they are more vulnerable to the influence of chemicals.” KemI will examine EU legislation and work to strengthen it to limit the presence of hazardous chemicals in products. KemI states that companies that manufacture and import products “should to a larger extent substitute hazardous chemicals, and they will be supported in these efforts.” KemI intends to expand enforcement activities in the form of inspection of articles.