Many scientists believe that the highest growth potential for improved applications lies in nanomaterials. This technology is not without controversy and the law is only now trying to catch up with the technological progress.
Although the risks posed by nanomaterials are still scientifically uncertain and there is no European consensus on how to regulate them at the EU level, some Member States have unilaterally imposed regulations which apply to users and producers doing business in those countries. In particular, France, Denmark and Belgium have introduced registers of nanomaterials put on the market. The Belgian approach in particular imposes significant new obligations which require action before they become effective on 1 January 2016.