The ‘Berlin Declaration’ on Nanomaterials summarizes the conclusions of the 12th International Nano-Authorities Dialogue. Participating countries were Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Austria, and Switzerland. The dialogue covered current regulations and recommendations for future regulation around nanotechnology as it pertains to occupational health and safety, environmental protection and consumer protection. This declaration is part of the larger framework for dealing with all chemicals in the EU, the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), which specifically addresses nanomaterials, but fails to address some concerns.
Some of the gaps in current regulations that the Berlin Declaration would like to see filled in:
- There is a lack of a common, complete definition of nanomaterials.
- There is a need for a roadmap for regulating future advanced nanomaterials, including threats from dust generation and release of inhalable and biopersistent nanomaterials.
- There is a need for sufficient resources for research into appropriate regulation of nanomaterials.
- There exists a need for ongoing characterization of new nanomaterials to enable appropriate regulation.