The Commission's broad conclusion is that the speed of development in the field of nanotechnology "is beyond the capacity of existing testing and regulatory arrangements to control the potential environmental impacts adequately".In summary, not enough is known about the effect that these very small devices and materials will have on human health or the environment, and the tests that could tell us about them are either not available or not being used. There are about 600 consumer products already on the market that use nanotechnology.
There are three different types of themes: general themes, application themes and risk analysis and technology assessment.Nanotechnology derives its name from the nanometre, which is a billionth of a metre.To get some measure of the scale of the materials and devices we are talking about, a human hair is about 80,000 nanometres wide. The Royal Commission found no evidence of harm to health or the environment from nanomaterials, but this "absence of evidence" is not being taken as "evidence of absence".Click on one the icons on the right to learn more about about a Nano Next NL theme or the Valorisation Programme.You could one day wash your clothes by exposing them to light, if pioneering materials developed by Australian nanotechnology researchers prove successful.Tony Jouzy Director of Solvochem FZCO says, “We are extremely thrilled to be working with a company that has a well-established and proven new technology to serve the lubricants industry. We know after our extensive education and seeing NIS’s nanotechnology that it can greatly improve lubrication products with less friction and greater wear protection and many other advantages.” Solvochem has a rich and credible history dating back thirty-seven years working with international companies and assisting with their distribution.