The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a new rule recently that would require companies to submit data on manufactured nanomaterials, including production volumes, the potential for public exposure and the use of manufacturing and processing methods.
The American Chemistry Council’s Nanotechnology Panel promotes the responsible development of nanotechnology by advancing knowledge of good product stewardship practices among nanomaterial producers and users. The Panel regularly supports and participates in partnerships with universities, regulatory agencies and other organizations to identify and communicate best practices concerning the responsible development and use of nanotechnology.
Jay West, manager of the ACC Nanotechnology Panel, said the Panel will review the proposed rule and provide comments to EPA. Panel members are particularly interested in how the EPA defines the materials to be covered by the proposed rule and the regulatory burden the rule could impose, especially for companies that manufacture or process multiple nanoscale substances.
The Panel will also focus on EPA’s plan to leverage existing information and the proposed rule’s consistency with the work already done under the Nanotechnology Plan of the Canada-U.S. Regulatory Cooperation Council.