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Inter-Environment Wallonie: Signs open letter for a nanoregister in Belgium

Engineered nanomaterials have different properties than traditional materials and chemicals including improved responsiveness, resistance, conductivity, and efficiency. They are being increasingly used in all kinds of products and applications such as car components, paints, cosmetics, electronics, medical devices, and textiles to name a few.

Despite their growing presence in our daily lives, we know very little about their short and long term impacts on human health and the environment, and they are clearly gaps in regulation. Nanomaterials should be manufactured, sold, used and disposed of in a responsible, safe and sustainable manner. In addition, consumers should have transparent and comprehensive information on nanomaterials and products to decide if they want to buy nano products.

In this context, Inter-Environment Wallonie has recently signed an open letter with other Belgian organisations to call for a nanoregister in Belgium that would keep track of all nanomaterials and products containing them. Such a tool would ensure traceability, inspire confidence in all stakeholders and contribute to the competitiveness and innovation of Belgian and European companies. If exposure to nanomaterials led to diseases and illnesses, the authorities would be able to use this information and act more effectively.

Read the open letter here (FR)

Originally posted on 7 June 2013

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