The National Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety published on Tuesday, December 1 a review of the declarations of nanomaterials that manufacturers have been obliged to make every year since 2013, and warns that, on the 52,000 declarations analyzed, “90% of the nanomaterial characterization data such as size, specific surface area, surface charge cannot be used and only 10% correctly indicate their use”.
“Clearly, companies are not doing their job well”, comments on franceinfo Olivier Merkal, head of the risk assessment unit at ANSES, who points to the difficulty of knowing, then, whether these nanomaterials are dangerous for our health or not.
Nanomaterials are present in many everyday products, such as sunscreens, textiles, food, paints, etc., and are therefore used in industrial sectors as diverse as construction, automotive, packaging , agro-food, cosmetic products or even health products.
“What you have to understand is that at some point you lose track of them, and you need this traceability to know the substances, to know where they are to obviously assess the risks”, explains the head of unit.
In a press release published on Tuesday, ANSES underlines “the importance of putting an end to the exemptions granted and of making the declaration more demanding in terms of information to be provided”. Otherwise, “A system for controlling the quality and relevance of recorded data would also be worth considering.”
The Health Assessment Agency also recommends broadening the criteria for declaring nanomaterials, first of all by forcing more players in the chain to do so, from the first marketer to the distributor and consumers, then by reducing the minimum declaration size, and finally by requiring additional information, such as “the number of workers potentially exposed to nanomaterials and the quantities deployed by type of use.”
en24news, 1 December 2020