BlogPost
June 30, 2010

By James A. Vroman

On June 25, 2010, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report entitled Nanotechnology:  Nanomaterials Are Widely Used in Commerce, but EPA Faces Challenges Regulating Risk (See GAO Report).   In this report, the GAO notes that companies are increasingly using nanoparticles in the products they manufacture and that industry is diligently conducting research and development in new and innovative ways to incorporate nanoparticles into new materials and products that will reach the market in the not-to-distant future.  The GAO acknowledges that the body of research on nanomaterials is growing.  However, at the same time, the GAO notes that little is known about the risks nanomaterials pose to human health and the environment.  As a result, the GAO strongly encourages the U.S. EPA to expand and improve its efforts to collect data and information on nanomaterials so that it may effectively regulate the manufacture and distribution of products containing nanoparticles.