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Novel materials in the environment: The case of nanotechnology
|Title||Novel materials in the environment: The case of nanotechnology|
|Year of Publication||2008|
|Corporate Authors||United Kingdom, Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution|
|Document Number||CM 7468|
|Publisher||Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution|
This report, released by the United Kingdom Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution examines the use of nano-sized particles in consumer products and industry processes. The report concludes that even though no evidence of harm has been found to humans or the environment, the Commission was concerned about the major gap that exists in research about the potential risks posed by nanomaterials. After giving an overview of the application and use of nanomaterials, the r eport looks at the known environmental and health impacts of nanomaterials, the challenge of designing an effective oversight framework for the regulation of use of nanoparticles, and finally makes a series of recommendations on how to continue research on the toxicity of nanomaterials and begin building an effective governance framework. While the Commission saw no reason to implement a moratorium on the use or development of nanomaterials, they did stress the need for cooperative, international action to establish tests for their potential health and environmental effects and to develop a regulatory oversight system. They also suggested changing how industry reports the use of nanomaterials from being voluntary to mandatory, with an industry "checklist: to flag products that are known to pose the largest potential threat.