As part of its Communication on the Second Regulatory Review on Nanomaterials, the European Commission (EC) has launched a public consultation on an impact assessment to “identify and develop the most adequate means to increase transparency and ensure regulatory oversight on nanomaterials.”

According to the agency, the impact assessment will examine different policy options aimed at gathering information or generating new information on the presence of nanomaterials and products containing nanomaterials on the market. Data generated from the impact assessment will be used to address (i) why and to what extent there is an information gap; (ii) whether and on what scale this poses a problem; and (iii) what benefits additional information could bring and at what costs. Comments will be accepted until August 5, 2014.

The Commission also plans to hold a June 30, workshop in Brussels, Belgium, to discuss the preliminary results of a study supporting the impact assessment on transparency measures for nanomaterials.