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The EU approach to regulating nanotechnology

The EU approach to regulating nanotechnology

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Published by N R Dewi Nurmayani
The European Union's (EU) nanotechnology strategy aims chiefly to catch up the lag behind the US and Asia. The health risks posed by the commercial use of nanomaterials have recently come onto the European Commission's agenda.
The Commission has not so far seen a need for specific legislation to govern nanotechnologies - a view not shared by either Parliament or the European trade union movement.

The European Trade Union Confederation wants the EU to bring the Community legislative framework into line with the precautionary principle. Nanotechnologies may be an economic opportunity that the EU cannot ignore, but their unregulated development is causing growing concern among trade unions due to the health risks posed by certain types of nanomaterials.

In this publication, ETUI researcher Aida Ponce combines a detailed survey of European policy in the area with an exploration of the ethical and social issues surrounding nanotechnologies.
The European Union's (EU) nanotechnology strategy aims chiefly to catch up the lag behind the US and Asia. The health risks posed by the commercial use of nanomaterials have recently come onto the European Commission's agenda.
The Commission has not so far seen a need for specific legislation to govern nanotechnologies - a view not shared by either Parliament or the European trade union movement.

The European Trade Union Confederation wants the EU to bring the Community legislative framework into line with the precautionary principle. Nanotechnologies may be an economic opportunity that the EU cannot ignore, but their unregulated development is causing growing concern among trade unions due to the health risks posed by certain types of nanomaterials.

In this publication, ETUI researcher Aida Ponce combines a detailed survey of European policy in the area with an exploration of the ethical and social issues surrounding nanotechnologies.

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Published by: N R Dewi Nurmayani on May 06, 2013
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european trade union institute
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The EU approachto regulatingnanotechnology
Aída María Ponce Del Castillo
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Working Paper 2010.05
 
Brussels, 2010©Publisher: ETUI aisbl, BrusselsAll rights reservedPrint: ETUI Printshop, BrusselsD/2010/10.574/21ISSN 1994-4446 (print version)ISSN 1994-4454 (pdf version)The ETUI is nancially supported by the European Union. The European Union is notresponsible for any use made of the information contained in this publication.
 
The EU approach to regulating nanotechnologyWP 2010.05
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Abstract ..........................................................................................................................................................4Introduction ..................................................................................................................................................51. The basics of nanotechnologies ....................................................................................................72. Framing policy for nanotechnologies in Europe ...................................................................112.1 Health and safety protection issues ...............................................................................132.2 Building up the standardisation strategy .....................................................................163 Key regulatory instruments in the European agenda .......................................................193.1 Nanoform substances in the REACH legislation ........................................................193.2 The Cosmetics Directive......................................................................................................203.3 Nanomaterials and the Novel Foods Regulation .......................................................224 Stakeholders’ reactions ..................................................................................................................254.1 Consumer organisations .....................................................................................................264.2 Environmental organisations.............................................................................................284.3 The labour movement..........................................................................................................294.4 The innovative capacity of France and the Netherlands.........................................315 Concluding remarks ........................................................................................................................33References ..................................................................................................................................................35Annexes ......................................................................................................................................................39

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