REACH and the Environmental Regulation of Nanotechnology: Preventing and Reducing the Environmental Impacts of Nanomaterials, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

REACH and the Environmental Regulation of Nanotechnology

Preventing and Reducing the Environmental Impacts of Nanomaterials, 1st Edition

By Nertila Kuraj


288 pages

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Hardback: 9780367189648
pub: 2019-07-29
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REACH and the Environmental Regulation of Nanotechnology presents a thorough and comprehensive legal analysis on the status of nanoscale chemicals under the EU’s REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction) regulation, asking whether it effectively safeguards human health and environmental protection.

This book examines the European Commission’s claim that REACH offers the best possible framework for the risk management of nanomaterials. Through a detailed and meticulous analysis of the four phases of REACH, Kuraj assesses the capacity of the Regulation to protect human health and the environment against the potential harms associated with exposure to nanomaterials, and draws attention to the ways in which the specificities of nanoscale chemicals are (not) tackled by the current REACH framework. Overall, this book is an innovative and timely contribution to the ongoing debate on how to best address the unprecedented risks posed by the growing pursuit of nanotechnological innovation by the EU and global policy agenda.

REACH and the Environmental Regulation of Nanotechnology will be of great interest to advanced students and scholars of environmental law and policy, environmental governance, science and technology studies, and environment and health.

Table of Contents




  1. Introduction

  3. Why REACH? Investigating REACH’s history of adoption and the early question of nanotechnology regulation therein

  5. Registration
  6. Evaluation

  8. Authorisation

  10. Restriction

  12. Toxics of the law. Understanding the underlying scientific foundations of REACH and their suitability for nanoscale risk

  14. Concluding remarks and the way forward



About the Author

Nertila Kuraj is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Public and International Law, University of Oslo, Norway, and a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley School of Law.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Environment and Health

The study of the impact of environmental change on human health has rapidly gained momentum in recent years, and an increasing number of scholars are now turning their attention to this issue. Reflecting the development of this emerging body of work, the Routledge Studies in Environment and Health series is dedicated to supporting this growing area with cutting edge interdisciplinary research targeted at a global audience. The books in this series cover key issues such as climate change, urbanisation, waste management, water quality, environmental degradation and pollution, and examine the ways in which these factors impact human health from a social, economic and political perspective.

Comprising edited collections, co-authored volumes and single author monographs, this innovative series provides an invaluable resource for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students, scholars, policy makers and practitioners with an interest in this new and important field of study.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecology
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy
SCIENCE / Environmental Science