Nanotechnology - proposed legislation

At the end of 2009, the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) initiated a stakeholder consultation process and issued a Discussion paper which proposed a regulatory package for industrial nanomaterials, both for new chemicals and for nano forms of 'existing' chemicals.

The paper and appendices can be accessed and downloaded from this page of the NICNAS site.  The consultation period ended on February 12, 2010 and is now closed.  The VTHC is concerned that the proposal does not go far enough, and there are also some fundamental problems with the definition of nanomaterials.  

The submissions to the proposal can also be accessed on that page, and the VTHC submission can be downloaded from the right hand side of this page.

If you are interested in nanotechnology, or if you are concerned that you may be being exposed, contact Renata at the VTHC OHS Unit on 03 9659 3571.


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