Belgian Decree on the Nanomaterial Register published in the Country's Official Journal

Belgium today informed the EC that it had published a draft of a decree that would ‘implement a register of substances manufactured at the nanoscale based on declarations of products containing such substances by the parties placing these products on the market'. The legislation would apply from 1 January 2015 for materials containing nanomaterials, and from 1 January 2016 for articles or complex objects containing substances in nanoparticle states.

The 24 September 2014 edition of the Belgian Official Journal (Le Moniteur Belge) has endorsed the Belgian Royal Decree regarding the Placement on the Market of Substances manufactured at the Nanoscale (Koninklijk besluit betreffende het op de markt brengen van als nanodeeltjes geproduceerde stiffen / Arrêté royal relatif à la mise sur le marché des substances manufacturées à l’état nanoparticulaire); it has been published together with a Report to the King and the opinion of the Council of State.

In the Report to the King, responsible ministers lay down the rationale that has led to the development of the register; they state that this decree will aim at achieving the four following objectives:

  • making sure that the evolution of this innovative technology is being done in harmony with the safeguarding of human health
  • acquiring better knowledge on the market, on characteristics of nanomaterials, on potential exposure risks, and on the speed and breadth of the development of more complex nanomaterials
  • ensuring the traceability and, therefore, the confidence of the public and of workers towards these substances
  • putting in place a database that could be necessary to the future regulatory evolution of these substances at the national and European level

Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014