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The “Grenelle 2” law

Following the environmental Grenelle of 2007, the “Grenelle 1” and “Grenelle 2” laws have been successively voted in august 2009 and July 2010.

The “Grenelle 2” law is part of the Environmental Code (Art L 523-1 à 3). The main theme is “the health hazard and the environmental risk prevention resulting from exposure to a substance at nanoscale”. The aims of this law are to obtain a better nanomaterial knowledge and a traceability.

The L523-1 and L523-2 articles of the Environmental Code provide an annual statement of nanoparticles.

Following on the Grenelle 2” law, two implementation texts have been adopted: the decreen°2012-232 of 17 February 1989 and the decree of 06 August 2012.

Since 01 January 2013, the annual declaration of nanoparticles is mandatory.

All national actors of the supply chain (producer, distributor, importer and user), within the scope of the declaration of substances at nanoscale, must make a declaration if they produce, import or distribute a substance, a mixture or a material answering the conditions laid down in the article R. 523-12. This déclaration is related to substance at nanoscale produced, distributed or imported in France. It entered into force on 1 January 2013 and is mandatory above 100 grams/year for each substance. In this declaration, It should be specified the identity of the registrant, the quantity, the physical-chemical properties, uses and the identity of professional users. The declaration must be completed before the 1 January of each year by electronic route (https://www.r-nano.fr) with the ANSES (“Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement et du travail”). The annual balance sheets of the imported, manufactured or distributed substances in France are available on the r-nano website. In 2015, 14580 substances have been declared, 40 % more than in 2014.