On 7 December, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and the European Commission formally agreed to start working on a nanomaterial observatory.
This approach was retained as one of the possible ways to improve transparency for nanomaterials in the European Union. In 2014, an impact assessment commissioned by the EC had identified of transparency measures ranging from status quo to a mandatory nanomaterial register.
As per the Delegation Agreement just signed, ECHA will begin putting together a European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials (EU-ON), which will integrate data from various sources including information on nanomaterials already obtained by the Agency via REACH, or information collated in the JRC information platform on nanomaterials. Budget is allocated for the completion of this task until 2020.
NIA welcomes the signature of a formal agreement on the development of this EU-ON, and supports ECHA in the building up of a platform presenting unbiased, science-based information that is respectful of confidential business information.
NIA emphasises that the existing REACH and CLP regulation provide an appropriate framework for regulating nanomaterials and supports the modification of REACH annexes to clarify the registration, evaluation and authorisation of nanomaterials in Europe.