On 23 February 2016, the French Ministry for the Environment, Energy and the Sea, released the 2015 Report of the national nanomaterial registration scheme ‘r-nano’ (in French). This report analyses the results of the registration of nanomaterial substances imported, manufactured or distributed in France in 2014.
In 2014, 300 822 tons of nanomaterials were produced in France and 114 951 tons were imported in the country. After a strong (-19.6%) drop in registered amounts between the first (2012) and second year (2013) of implementation of this reporting scheme, the registered amounts increased in 2014. The report underlines a 9.5% increase in the amounts produced in France as well as a continuous decrease in the amounts imported in the country since the register was put into place.
The number of registrants and registrations continued to rise in the third year of application of the scheme. Distributors represented the largest share of registrants (81.8%), their third straight year of continual growth. The French authorities believe this increase demonstrates how ‘information on the obligation to register takes time to spread along the distribution chain’.
(figure 9 from the Bilan 2015 des déclarations des substances importées, fabriquées ou distribuées en France en 2014, Ministère de l'Environnement, de l'Energie et de la Mer, 2016)
Representing the largest ‘sector of use’ (SU) since 2013, SU1 ‘agriculture, forestry and fishery’ covers 10 000 of the total 14 000 declarations. The four other sectors of use depicted in Figure 9 of the report (see above) represent significantly smaller shares of the total registrations: SU10 ‘formulation [mixing] of preparations and/or re-packaging’ (14%), SU0 ‘other’ (5.2%), SU4 ‘manufacture of food products’ (2%) and SU17 ‘general manufacturing, e.g. machinery, equipment, vehicles, other transport equipment’ (1.4%).
The report mentions that data collected in the framework of this reporting scheme can be used by a number of organisations; among these, the French Institute for Public Health Surveillance (InVS), the French Institute for Research and Security (INRS) and the National competence centre for Industrial Safety and Environmental Protection (Ineris).
Finally, this document also mentions that the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has used data made publically available by the French nanomaterial register to identify REACH registration dossiers that may include nanoforms.
Please follow this link to download the full 2015 assessment of the registration of nanomaterials imported, manufactured or distributed in France (in French).