EU Publication Recommends Best Practices for Exposure Assessment, Risk Characterization of Nanomaterials

Published April 2, 2014

​The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) recently published best practices for documenting human health and environmental exposure assessment and risk characterization of nanomaterials for those registering nanomaterials under the EU’s Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation.

The publication addresses specific considerations that registrants should note to ensure the safe use of substances containing nanomaterials, including updating registration dossiers with new nano-specific exposure information as it becomes available; characterizing exposure to nanomaterials during the entire product life cycle, including manufacture, use, and disposal; and verifying the performance and efficiency of risk management measures.

The publication is available as a PDF download on ECHA’s website.

REACH is the EU regulation on the safe use of chemicals, which aims to control risks resulting from the use of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) and to ensure that those substances are replaced where possible.