At a workshop on nano transparency measures by the European Commission on June 30, 2014 the Nanotechnology Industry Association (NIA) commented that the introduction of nano registers may be detrimental to nanotechnology. As such, NIA contends that the introduction of a nano register in France has led consumers to demand nano-free consumer products. Steffi Friedrichs, director general of NIA, predicted that the cost of such registers to the nano-industry may be high. She further argued that none of the existing registers has fully addressed the safety of nanomaterials incorporated in consumer products. Friedrichs criticized that current registers do list products or substances containing nanotechnology without transforming the submitted data into information valuable to consumers.

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NIA (July 17, 2014). “NIA comments that national nano registers have been detrimental for nanotechnology.