Chemical Watch is reporting that certain CNTs and nanosilver may be prohibited under future amendments to the Restrictrion on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive. An excerpt from the CW article is included below.

"The European Parliament's rapporteur for the RoHS recast, MEP Jill Evans, has agreed not to pursue her proposed ban on all brominated and chlorinated flame retardants, PVC, chlorinated plasticisers and three phthalates – DEHP, BBP and DBP.

Parliament's Environment Committee votes next week on proposed amendments to the European Commission's proposal for revising the Directive on the restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS) in electrical and electronic equipment.

Although halogenated substances and phthalates look likely to escape inclusion on the banned substances list, the Committee is likely to agree that nanosilver and long multi-walled carbon nanotubes should be added. In effect, there would be no threshold, with equipment prohibited from the market if it contained either of them at “detectable levels”."

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"CEFIC also remains concerned about the prospect of separate sets of provisions on nanomaterials appearing in new legislation, arguing that they are already covered by REACH, and on this point it will be disappointed by the RoHS deal. Amendments in the agreed package call for economic operators to be require to notify the European Commission about the use of nanomaterials in electrical and electronic equipment and provide “all relevant data” regarding their safety for human health and the environment. The Commission would have to produce a report assessing the safety of all nanomaterials in such equipment and present its findings to the Parliament and the Council, and economic operators would have to label equipment containing nanomaterials “that could lead to exposure of consumers”.

The Committee is due to vote on the amendments to the RoHS recast on 2 June. This week's deal is unlikely to change, but further changes cannot be ruled out."

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  • RE: Too many regulations

    Yes. there should be regulations imposed on certain wall street transactions and safety regulations on oil&gas drilling companies. Some regulations may be there on nanotech but banning something is not a good idea.
    The way some people are spreading the word against emerging technologies, a day will come when they ask us to stop doing all experiments in our chemistry labs because it pollutes the environment.
    We should think about how to use nanotech in a constructive way rather than to ban it altogether.
  • RE: Too many regulations

    I guess you haven't noticed that the recent economic and catastrophic environmental problems the world has been suffering have a root cause in deregulation.
  • Well, as Researchers that us, these regulations require us to think about the health and environmental impact of the use of nanomaterials. So, we have to design process, methods, and safety materials that involve nanoparticles. Several specialized researches in many areas should have to work together to achieve these goals.
  • Too many regulations on everything can only worsen the economic crisis and not solve it.
  • Ag+ is dangerous for soils- it is bad, but gases from gasoline driven cars are very dangerous for humans, especially in the cities. Have we done enough during all these years? How the society which cares only to consume (produce) more can do something good for humans?
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