Position paper on nanomaterials

October 2018, Product Safety and Regulatory Affairs

The design and use of nanomaterials is leading to new technologies that have the potential to help answer the world’s toughest environmental and health challenges, such as climate and energy conservation and access to drinking water.

Nouryon supports the responsible development and use of nanotechnology, but as with all technologies it is necessary to assess both the benefits and the risks of the technology.

We believe that the existing methodologies for risk assessment and management of chemical substances that are adopted by authorities and the chemical industry can provide, with some adaptations, a suitable framework for the sustainable development of nanotechnologies.

Nouryon has taken the following steps to ensure responsible development and use of nanotechnology in its business:

  • We stringently examine all new compounds and products for any potential risk and take all necessary measures to protect employees, customers, the general public, and the environment.
  • We ensure that all of the materials we work with comply with legal requirements for (eco)toxicology testing and chemical registration.
  • In keeping with good HSE practice we ensure that from R&D to manufacturing we take appropriate steps when handling nanomaterials to minimize exposure through the use of extensive controls.
  • In keeping with standard practice for all products, finished products that contain nanomaterials dispersed in bulk liquid or solid media are subject to extensive product stewardship practices to ensure the appropriate information can be provided to customers about the safe transport, storage, use, processing, and disposal of the products.
  • Nouryon is sponsor of or has representation in several national and international programs on nanosafety and benefits from leading edge research on the responsible development and use of nanotechnology from colleagues in industry, academia, government, and regulatory bodies.
  • Nouryon’s position on the responsible development and use of nanotechnology is in line with that of major industry bodies such as CEFIC. You can find CEFIC’s Position on Nanotechnologies and Nanomaterials here