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24 March 2010

Precautionary principle must apply to nanomaterials (France)

A report was issued today by the French agency in charge of sanitary security (AFSSET) publishing the results of a study on risks posed by nanomaterials for the population and the environment. It lists hundreds of products present in our daily lives. The report recommends to apply the precautionary principle: enforce traceability and specific labelling, prohibit the use of nanoparticles where risks outweigh advantages, harmonise rules at European level. The question for us better regulators is: is this suitable risk regulation?

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