Definitely, with regards to information on nanoparticles, professionals are doing ridiculously small! After UFC-Que Choisir filed a complaint against 9 manufacturers hiding on the packaging of meals or beauty merchandise the presence of nanoparticles, the well being penalties of which cannot fail to fret, that the DGCCRF has pinned the similar opacity, it’s now the flip of the well being safety company, ANSES , to bang his fist on the desk and name on the authorities to motion.
Indeed, far from the reserve typically recognized to the authorities, the ANSES affirms that the myriad of shortcomings noticed with regard to the declaration of those nanos doesn’t enable “To fully serve the risk assessment of nanomaterials, their traceability and public information”. In much less diplomatic language, it’s the most full fog, and unhealthy practices are legion. 8 years after the implementation of a monitoring software, solely 10% of firms present right information on their use, stopping actual traceability.
Indeed, since 2013 and following the Grenelle de l’Environnement, the declaration of “Substances in nanoparticulate state” is obligatory and have to be executed in an “R-Nano” register, managed by ANSES. And the sifting of the 52,752 declarations (keep in mind that it’s a minimum of 400,000 tonnes of nanoparticles produced or imported every year) is bloody chilly.
“Poor” information, lack of verification of the validity of the knowledge, the unattainable use of the knowledge prevents progress on the evaluation of well being and environmental dangers. even that “Certain nanomaterials whose nanometric fraction (…) could (…) be of concern for health and the environment”. Far from stopping at the observations, the ANSES formulates a collection of suggestions together with the reducing of the threshold from which nanoparticles have to be declared however above all a “drastic” strengthening of information assortment and the institution of an information management and sanction system for breach of obligations.
While nanomaterials are legion in meals, cosmetics and medicines, I can solely hope that the public authorities have a most response and don’t present the similar ignition delay as for the ban on titanium dioxide in food products …