European Union

Links to information sources on policies on nanomaterials implemented by or being developed at EU level in various EU institutions, bodies and agencies

European Commision



Legal Service

Directorate-General for Communication

Bureau of European Policy Advisers

Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs

Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry - REACH and nanomaterials

Directorate-General for Competition

Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion - Health and Safety at Work 

Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development

Directorate-General for Energy DG Energy

Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport

Directorate-General for Climate Action

Directorate-General for EnvironmentNanomaterials

Directorate-General for Research and InnovationResearch in Nanosciences & technologies

Joint Research CentreInstitute for Health and Consumer Protection - Nanotechnology-related activities, news and highlights, publications and reports are on the Nanotechnology page.

Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology

Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

Directorate-General for the Internal Market and Services

Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy

Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union

Directorate-General for Education and Culture

Directorate-General for Health and Consumers

Directorate-General for Home Affairs

Directorate-General for Justice DG Justice

Service for Foreign Policy Instruments

Directorate-General for Trade

Directorate-General for Enlargement

Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation — EuropeAid

Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO)


Directorate-General for Human Resources and Security

Directorate-General for Informatics

Directorate-General for the Budget.

Council of the European Union


The Council of the European Union takes part in the legislative and decision-making process of the Union. It contributes to the setting and co-ordination of policies on, among many other fields, nanotechnolgies and nanomaterials following the rules of the Lisbon Treaty - The register of documents of the Council can be searched, for instance, looking for the keyword 'nanomaterials' in documents more recent than 1 January 2012.


European Parliament



EU Agencies


European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) - Nanomaterials under REACH and CLP - ECHA's activities.

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) - Managing nanomaterials in the workplace -  Two of EU-OSHA's publications on nanomaterials, out of several others: PDF_symbolNanomaterials in maintenance work: occupational risks and prevention and PDF_symbolRisk perception and risk communication with regard to nanomaterials in the workplace.

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) - Nanotechnology - In March 2009, EFSA’s Scientific Committee, which includes the chairs of all of EFSA’s Panels, published a scientific opinion on nanoscience and nanotechnologies in relation to food and feed safety . A guidance document on how to assess potential risks related to certain food-related uses of nanotechnology followed in May 2011. It provides practical recommendations on how to assess applications from industry to use engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) in food additives, enzymes, flavourings, food contact materials, novel foods, food supplements, feed additives and pesticides. 

European Medicines Agency (EMA) - Nanotechnology