Environmental exposure to nanomaterials
Environmental exposure to nanomaterials – data scoping study
Client: DG Environment
The scale of application of engineered nanomaterials (ENM) is very broad, with ENM used in a wide range of industrial sectors, including healthcare, agriculture, transport, energy, materials and information and communication technologies. Projections for both the volumes manufactured and the range of applications of ENM show significant expansion. The concentrations of substances manufactured by man in the environment have been found to increase in direct proportion to their use in society and therefore increasing environmental exposure to ENM in surface waters, air, groundwater and soils can be expected.
In support of DG Environment for the preparation of the second review of regulatory aspects of nanomaterials, which aims to assess the adequacy and implementation of EU legislation for nanomaterials, Milieu compiled and evaluated available information on the exposure to nanomaterials in the EU, and investigated all potential sources of information from direct monitoring data to the necessary input required in modeling estimations.
The reports cross-linked this information with current regulatory requirements under environmental legislation and provided a number of recommendations to improve the knowledge base on exposure, required for adequate risk assessment and management of nanomaterials. Some of these recommendations were reflected in the second review of regulatory aspects of nanomaterials.
Weblink to the study: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/chemicals/nanotech/pdf/exposure_nanomaterials.pdf