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Nanotechnology as a new technology is of special interest for the public, the politics and industry. Potential toxicological and ecotoxicological risks linked to this expanding technology cannot be assessed currently. Extensive research and development activities have to follow up in various scientific disciplines. There are needs to map and structure the different research activities and to set priorities. Furthermore it is important to promote research activities that lead to results which are appropriate to perform a comprehensive risk assessment framework and adequate to conclude on regulatory activities (classification, limit values, handling recommendations).
Initiated and coordinated by BAuA (Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health), UBA (Federal Environment Agency), BfR (Federal Institute for Risk Assessment) and BAuA have developed a joint research strategy PDF / 447 KB, that addresses especially health and environmental risks of engineered nanoparticles. A draft of this strategy were discussed by national and international experts. The research strategy identifies the research areas for urgent investigation in order to carry out risk assessment for the protection of humans and the environment.
The Federal Environment Agency (UBA) has developed in cooperation with the Öko Institut e.V. and sofia e.V. an legal appraisal of nano technologies (in German and English). On the basis on an analysis of the present state of nano technologies and a review of existing national and European environment legislation, including REACH, in this appraisal were identified gaps in legislation regarding nano technologies, pointed out possible regulatory approaches and formulated recommendations for further regulatory action.