The latest ENDS Report features an article on the recently launched report on Novel Materials in the Environment: The case of nanotechnology by the UK Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (RCEP).
Sir John Lawton, chair of the commission, told ENDS that ‘the proposed compulsory checklist should replace the “pathetic” voluntary reporting scheme introduced by the Environment Department (DEFRA). Launched in 2006, the scheme has received only 11 submissions and seems to have satisfied no one (ENDS Report 403, p 30)’.
‘Consumer group Which?, among others, has called for it to be mandatory, while the Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) has argued the reporting requirements are too complex and time consuming. NIA director Steffi Friedrichs said her organisation “does not support a mandatory reporting scheme”.