A critical look at the European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials
n 14 June 2017, the European Commission launched the “European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials” (EUON). As registration is not mandatory, the EUON is limited in detailed information. Consequently, RIVM expects EUON's contribution to reducing the uncertainty regarding the safety of nanomaterials to be limited. That is the conclusion of the RIVM analysis ‘The European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials – a step forward?’
The European Commission has decided not to introduce a mandatory registry for nanomaterials. Instead, the European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials was established at the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). The RIVM Knowledge and Information Centre on Risks of Nanotechnology (KIR-nano) has explored the consequences of this decision for the available knowledge regarding the use and safety of nanomaterials. Together with a number of other European countries, the Netherlands has asked for a (mandatory) European registration system for nanomaterials.
Via the EUON, the European Commission aims to promote transparency regarding the use and safety of nanomaterials. The EUON facilitates this by providing information about nanomaterials and their potentially associated risks to a broad public in a clear and understandable fashion. The focus thereby is on nanomaterials that are already on the EU market.