EPA and CPSC to Research Health and Environmental Impacts of Nanomaterials

Published December 19, 2012

EPA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a collaborative worldwide research effort to assess the potential impacts of nanomaterials on health and the environment. According to EPA’s press release, EPA’s research with CPSC will focus on identifying, characterizing, and quantifying the origins of nanomaterials; studying biological processes affected by nanomaterials that could influence risk; determining how nanomaterials interact with complex systems in the human body and the environment; involving industry to develop sustainable manufacturing processes; and sharing knowledge through online applications that allow for rapid feedback and accelerated research progress. The press release explains that CPSC will use the research findings in protocol development to assess the potential release of nanomaterials from consumer products; to inform credible rules for consumer product testing to evaluate exposure; and in determining potential public health impacts of nanomaterials used in consumer products.

For more information on EPA’s nanomaterials research, visit the agency’s website. More information on CPSC’s research is also available.

This research is being coordinated by the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI). NNI comprises 25 agencies, including EPA and CPSC. For more information on NNI, visit www.nano.gov.