Chemicals chief calls for REACH nano clarity

The executive director of the European Chemicals Agency has urged Brussels to revise the EU chemicals regulation to facilitate risk management of nanomaterials

The executive director of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has urged Brussels to revise the EU chemicals regulation to facilitate risk management of nanomaterials.

Geert Dancet told the European Parliament’s environment committee that firms were resisting the agency’s requests for additional information to judge whether substances in nano form could be used safely.

Around 40% of ECHA’s requests for more information about nano forms are appealed by firms, compared with just 5% for chemicals in general, Mr Dancet said. Once an appeal has been made, the request for information is suspended, inhibiting the agency’s assessment of the substance’s impact.

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