In Germany and at European and international level there are no specific legal requirements on nanotechnology. Chemicals (this includes nanomaterials) are subject to the Chemicals Act, and the safety and health protection of employees at the workplace is subject to the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

In addition, since 1st July 2008 the European chemicals legislation REACH has provided a framework for the registration of nanomaterials. Research projects are being carried out to determine whether there is a need for specific action.

Since 2013, nanomaterials must be labelled in cosmetic products. From EU Regulation No. 1223/2009: "All components in the form of nanomaterials must be clearly listed in the list of components. The designation of such ingredients must be followed by the word "nano" in brackets."

Since 13.12.2014, this also applies to the food industry: From EU Regulation No. 1169/2011: "All ingredients present in the form of technically produced nanomaterials must be clearly listed in the list of ingredients. The designation of such ingredients must be followed by the word "nano" in brackets."

 

 

 

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