This week, Belgium's Federal Public Service (FPS) for Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment issued guidance for companies preparing to register nanomaterials used in the country. All nanosubstances must be registered before 1 January 2016 and mixtures containing nanosubstances must be registered before 1 January 2017. Any products released after these dates must be registered before they are put onto the market.
The only exemptions provided to the registry are biocides, medicinal products for human or veterinary use, products intended to come in contact with foodstuffs, animal feed and technical aids or other products used for processing agricultural ingredients.
The guidance walks companies through the registration process through question and answer series and step-by-step diagrams explaining:
- Who has to register?
- When do I have to register?
- What type of account is needed?
- Which type of registration is needed?
- What information is needed for registration?
The FPS also provides several legal and 'frequently asked questions' documents to better explain the registration process as well as background on the legislation that created the registry. For more information on the guidance or to register for an account, visit Nanoregistration.be