ANSES Evaluates R-Nano Register, Offers Recommendations to Improve Reliability and Optimize Its Use


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On December 1, 2020, the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES) announced the results of an assessment of R-Nano, France’s national reporting scheme for substances in nanoparticle form.  In 2013, France began requiring companies that manufacture, import, and/or distribute a “substance with nanoparticle status” in an amount of at least 100 grams per year to submit an annual report with substance identity, quantity, and use information.  The data reported were intended to provide regulatory authorities a better understanding of the nanomaterials placed on the market, enable traceability in the sectors using them, and bring together knowledge for risk assessment and public information purposes.  According to ANSES, while the information collected has helped improve the understanding of population exposure levels, “the overall level of information in the reports is unsatisfactory, meaning that the traceability objective has only been partially achieved.”  

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