Regulation of nanomaterials
Chemicals legislation is largely harmonised at EU level. To address nanomaterials specifically, various legislations have already been adapted, while the adaptation of others is still in process. Discussion about an EU nano register has been on-going for a while and in the meantime some Member States, including Denmark, have established national registers.
As part of the "Better Control of Nanomaterials" initiative the Danish nanoproduct register was established. The purpose of the register is to help provide an overview about where nanomaterials are used and released from consumer products.
In support of implementation, a number of auxiliary tools were developed and made available. This includes a website, a user's guide, cover letters for supplier requests, an FAQ, as well as a help desk staffed by nanomaterials experts.
Prior to establishing the nanoproduct register, two projects were carried out to assess the possible burdens that industry would face in case the register was established: