The European Commission (EC) has launched a public consultation seeking stakeholder views as to whether available information about the presence of nanomaterials and products containing them currently on the market is sufficient “for an adequate response to health and environmental risks and for informed consumer choice.” A related workshop took place in Brussels at the end of June, and stakeholder comments are requested by August 5, 2014.

A workshop presentation explaining the current nanomaterial legislative framework and an introduction to the EC’s impact assessment on transparency measures estimated that direct employment in nanotechnology represents 300,000 to 400,000 jobs with an economic impact of some €20 billion. Under a 2009 regulation, the EC must be notified of cosmetic products containing nanomaterials six months before marketing, including safety data and a toxicological profile. The regulation also provides that a catalog of all such products placed on the market be made available.