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Nanomaterials in REACH
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, Philosophy.
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, Philosophy.
2010 (English)In: Toxicology Letters, ISSN 0378-4274, E-ISSN 1879-3169, Vol. 196, S105-S105 p.Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Other academic) Published
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This presentation aims to address the problematics of assessing and managing risks of nanomaterials (NMs) by the means of REACH regulation. It is based on the authors contribution to the project Nanomaterials in REACH that brings together international expertise on chemicals regulation, physico-chemical properties and toxicity of nanomaterials, and environmental and technology policy, and was initiated January 2010. The main aim of the project is to evaluate the current EU chemicals regulation REACH (Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemicals) to ensure that the unique characteristics of nanoparticles (NPs) and NMs are taken into account in the implementation of the regulatory framework. This may require specific recommendations for NMs and specific recommendations to deal with human and environmental hazards associated with these materials. Current discussion covers following topics: REACH provisions for registration of nanomaterials and data requirements, definitions, substance identification, standardization and methodology for hazard identification and risk characterisation. We have put forward hypothesis that all nanomaterials should be treated as new substances until proven otherwise. At this stage in our view, the NMs specific provisions triggering registration and data requirements as well as chemical safety report should be developed. The current provisions for the registration of substances in articles do not reflect or consider: (1) the unknown hazards that nanomaterials could potentially pose (only known SVHC are to be registered); (2) unique properties of nanomaterials associated with high activity of very low quantities (the quantity of 0.1% w/w in the final product might not be reached while the risk for the hazard is high; (3) unique applications like coatings that can results in higher exposure then anticipated from the total quantity being below the 0.1% w/w of the final product. Further analysis and discussions are on-going.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-121655DOI: 10.1016/j.toxlet.2010.03.374ISI: 000208471300320OAI: diva2:627351

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Available from: 2013-06-11 Created: 2013-05-03 Last updated: 2013-06-11Bibliographically approved

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