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Belgium is now the second EU country after France (2013) which adopted a mandatory nanomaterial reporting scheme containing specific regulations governing the placement of nanomaterials on the market. Starting from 2016 companies who put substances and mixtures containing nanomaterials on the Belgian market have to register their materials. An evaluation on whether products containing nanomaterials will also need to be registered is planned for 2017.

 

The reporting scheme will allow the health authorities to respond quickly to any potentially hazardous nanomaterials and forward all relevant information transmitted to the occupational health and safety bodies. Ultimately it is hoped that the scheme will strengthen the public's and worker's trust in the technology.

 

Registration for substances containing nanomaterials starts 1st January 2016, while mixtures will have to be registered from 1st January 2017.

 

The complete press release (in French) can be accessed via
http://www.presscenter.org/fr/pressrelease/20140208/la-belgique-met-en-place-un-registre-des-nanomateriaux

 

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