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Limits and prospects of the "incremental approach" and the European legislation on the management of risks related to nanomaterials.


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TitleLimits and prospects of the "incremental approach" and the European legislation on the management of risks related to nanomaterials.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsFranco, Antonio, Foss Hansen Steffen, Olsen Stig Irving, and Butti Luciano
JournalRegulatory toxicology and pharmacology : RTP
Volume48
Issue2
Pagination171-83
Date Published07/2007
Publication LanguageEnglish
ISSN Number0273-2300
Abstract

To test the effectiveness of the European “incremental approach” which focuses on adapting existing laws to regulate nanotechnologies, the authors looked at the life cycle of three fullerene-containing products, and how current law would apply. The article looks specifically at the Safety at Workplace Directives, Directive 61/1996 on the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control, the European Union’s Directive on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals, and the Waste Management Directive. After analysis, the authors concluded that the applicability of existing environmental laws is limited, as metrology tools to measure nanoparticles in the workplace or in the environment are currently unavailable, and regulatory thresholds are based on toxicological data from larger chemicals. In conclusion, the authors make recommendations of how current laws should be modified, including the establishment of an EU Technical Working Group to exchange information and best practices on how to control the pollution that may result from certain nanotechnologies

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17509740?dopt=Abstract

Alternate JournalRegul. Toxicol. Pharmacol.