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An introduction to some of the key issues this emerging technology presents to researchers, workers, and the public.
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Domestic Regulations

U.S. EPA 2017: The EPA regulates nanomaterials as chemical substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) through its provisions including premanufacture notifications required for new nanomaterials and an information gathering rule on new and existing nanomaterials.

California 2009/2010: California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) issued a chemical call-in to businesses and laboratories that were identified as nanomaterials manufacturers. The statement requested information on carbon nanotubes in 2009, then for six more nanomaterials in 2010. 

Cambridge, MA 2007/2008:  Between 2007 and 2008, Cambridge convened a council of 19 professionals to meet repeatedly on the topic of nanomaterials in order to develop recommendations for the city council's future actions.

Berkeley, CA 2007: The City of Berkeley became the first government to regulate nanomaterials in the U.S. when it passed the Berkeley Engineered Nanomaterials Disclosure Ordinance in August of 2007.


    Bergeson and Campbell

    Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., is a Washington, D.C. law firm focusing on conventional and engineered nanoscale chemical, pesticide, and other specialty chemical product approval and regulation, chemical product litigation, and associated business issues.

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    International Regulations

    Sweden 2017: See article from the Nanotechnology Industries Association, "Sweden requires registration of nanomaterials".

    Europe 2017: After publishing the “Second Regulatory Review on Nanomaterials” in 2012, the EU conducted an impact assessment to evaluate the best approach to increase transparency and effective regulatory oversight. The European Union Observatory on Nanomaterials (EUON) was recently created as a result of the assessment.

    France 2017: This page contains Frequently Asked Questions about France's Nanomaterial Registry.

    Canada 2016: Canada proposed policy for prioritizing nanomaterials on its Domestic Substances List and welcomed feedback from the public. More information about relevant Canadian regulations can be found on the country's NanoPortal website. 

    Belgium 2015: See article from the Nanotechnology Industries Association, "Belgium Releases Nanomaterials Registry Guidance".

    Denmark 2014: See a 2014 report from the Danish Ministry of the Environment, "Guideline for the Danish Inventory of Nanoproducts". Also see an article from Chemical Watch, "Denmark launches consumer product register for nano".

    Toxics Use Reduction Institute - University of Massachusetts Lowell
    600 Suffolk St. - Wannalancit Mills - Lowell MA 01854

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