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U.S.-Canada Partnership on Nanotech Regs Works Toward Consistency, Predictability

Summary posted by Meridian on 6/25/2013

Source: Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report (25 Jun 2013)

Author(s): Robert Iafolla

A joint United States-Canada effort to align regulations for nanotechnology has developed a classification scheme for nanomaterials. According to a U.S. official, the U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) working group focused on nanotechnology developed the scheme for industrial nanomaterials based on common characteristics. Tracy Williamson, the chief of the industrial chemistry branch of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, said identifying classes of industrial nanomaterials is an “important first step” for both countries to make more informed regulatory decisions. “The development of general classes of industrial nanomaterials can, for example, allow for more effective use of existing information on related materials and also allow for programs to be more targeted and precise in our requests for information on other specific nanomaterials,” she said. The RCC’s goal is to share information and develop common approaches and joint initiatives so as to improve consistency for industry and consumers in both countries. David Morin, the executive director of Environment Canada's Program Development and Engagement Division, said, “What this does between both agencies in Canada and the U.S. is it increases the level of comfort and understanding in terms of what exactly some of these categories of concern could be. In turn, what it does is provides industry and other stakeholders with a certain amount of predictability in terms of what are likely outcomes going to be.” The group will next meet in November to announce its accomplishments at the close of its 18-month work plan.

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