On July 4, 2013, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched the public consultation on a draft executive order establishing a nanomaterial product registry. The order aims to increase availability of information on distribution of and exposure to nanomaterials. The draft order requires manufacturers and importers of mixtures and products containing nanomaterials to annually report the use of nanomaterials to the Danish EPA. Certain nanoproducts are excluded from the registering obligation, including nanoproducts sold between businesses, covered by specific regulations and a number of specific products including nanomaterials used in printing inks in some products. In the draft executive order nanomaterials are defined in accordance with the European Commission definition (previously reported by the FPF). For reasons of confidentiality, the registry will not be publicly available. However, citizens may demand access under the Danish act of public access. The deadline for the public consultation on the draft order is August 16, 2013.
A similar effort is made in France, which requires the annual declaration of nanomaterial use with the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health (ANSES). The decree was adopted on February 17, 2013 and the first registration period closed on June 30, 2013 (previously reported by the FPF).