Non-EU countries

Links to information sources on policies on nanomaterials at country level outside of the European Union


American Continent

U.S.A. - National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) - The United States has set the pace for nanotechnology innovation worldwide with the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI). Launched in 2000 with eight agencies, the NNI today consists of the individual and cooperative nanotechnology-related activities of 27 Federal agencies with a range of research and regulatory roles and responsibilities... 

U.S.A. - U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) - The FDA regulates a wide range of products, including foods, cosmetics, drugs, devices, veterinary products, and tobacco products some of which may utilize nanotechnology or contain nanomaterials. Nanotechnology allows scientists to create, explore, and manipulate materials measured in nanometers (billionths of a meter).  Such materials can have chemical, physical, and biological properties that differ from those of their larger counterparts.




Australia - The National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) - NICNAS regulates industrial nanomaterials that are used in products such as paints, dyes, inks and surface coatings, plastics, cosmetics and consumer goods. Other government agencies are responsible for regulation of nanomaterials in medicines, food, pesticides and veterinary medicines.




Japan - Council for Science and Technology Policy - Japan’s Science and Technology Basic Policy. The 4th Science and Technology Report (FY2011-FY2015) PDF_Icon_Resized


Switzerland InfoNano - The “Action plan for synthetic nanomaterials” illustrates the work required in Switzerland for the safe handling of nanomaterials. It was adopted by the Federal Council in April 2008. On 25 April 2012 the Federal Council decided to continue the action plan until 2015.