The NANoREG (A common European approach to the regulatory testing of Manufactured Nanomaterials) project has highlighted the successes of its preparatory stages through the publication of an official newsletter. It states that regulators have articulated their ‘questions and needs’ and that gaps in knowledge have been identified. NANoREG has brought together over 60 partners, including government representatives, to eliminate the uncertainties around the environmental health and safety aspects of nanotechnologies ‘that are most relevant from a regulatory point of view’, and is funded by the EU’s FP7 (Framework 7 Programme).
One of the early achievements of the project is that it has prepared ‘sixteen main questions or themes covering all aspects of EHS of engineered nanomaterials’. Refined through consultation with stakeholder organisations, including the European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA) Competent Authorities Subgroup on Nanomaterials (CASG-Nano), ‘the questions define the work and help […] deliver results which address the real regulatory needs’.
The project also decided on a list of 19 manufactured nanomaterials to be used by partners in developing standard operating procedures that would be useful to regulators; chosen ‘for their industrial relevance’, these include silicon dioxide, titanium dioxide, carbon nanotubes, zinc oxide, silver, and nanocellulose’. Furthermore documents are being readied on characterization requirements and toxicity testing that will be used in the project.