Nanotechnologies and nanomaterials answer numerous global challenges ranging from producing sustainable energy, providing clean water to improving people’s health. However, some questions remain among the public on the safety of these materials.

Nanomaterials are similar to other chemical substances. Some are toxic and some are not. Nanomaterials must thus be analysed and registered under the REACH legislation.

Belgium requires since January 2016 a second registration for the nanomaterials  (substances in a nanoparticulate state or mixtures containing nanoparticles) released on the market.

Nanomaterial producers who register these products must provide the registration number to their professional customers. Their staff must also be informed through the Committee for prevention and protection at the workplace.

You will find more information on this subject on and on the extranet of essenscia (access limited to its members).

According to essenscia, this needs for transparency requires a European approach to avoid problems of interpretation and market distortions.

As part of the essenscia “Chair Safety Engineering” at KU Leuven, a student created an electronic list enabling a nanomaterial risk analysis on the workplace. This list is based on control banding. Depending on the assessment results, the tool provides a set of prevention and risk management measures.

Click on the following link to order this list (available in Dutch only) for free.