Nanotechnology is Unregulated
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Not enough is known about the health and environmental effects of nanomaterials and nanoproducts, says a new report released Thursday, and more must be done to regulate items that contain them. The report, released by the Council of Canadian Academies — a not-for-profit organization whose mandate is to provide independent, expert assessment of the science underlying matters of public interest — identified major gaps in knowledge about the safety of nanomaterials. The council's reports are commissioned by the Canadian government.
( Beyond Pesticides , November 29, 2010) A coalition of over 40 environmental organizations from 22 different countries are calling on the European Commission to ensure nanomaterials are adequately defined and regulated in the EU by rapidly adopting a “cautious and broad” definition . The groups hope that by defining nanomaterials, long-awaited regulation can finally be put in place to help ensure they do not harm people and the environment. The recommendations were submitted by the green group European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and the Center of International Environmental Law (CIEL) on November 19.