CNT Regulations – A Total Mess?

SafeNano has a nice piece on the difficulties of regulating nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes because no one can agree on what they are, at least from a regulatory point of view.

The European Commission then further muddies the waters by claiming that despite there being a threshold of the production or export of 1 tonne of material before companies have to apply with the REACH legislation, this  “will not necessarily allow companies to avoid providing safety data on nanomaterials under Reach or related legislation.”

It’s a bit of a mess then, as no one knows how to classify nanotubes, no one knows what the relevant regulations are, and many materials may not end up being registered until 2018.

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