The European Commission recently awarded a $587,000 grant to the London School of Economics and Political Science, Chatham House, Environmental Law Institute, and the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, an initiative of Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and The Pew Charitable Trusts to study how to promote EHS best practices and avoid trade conflicts in the field of nanotechnology. According to a Woodrow Wilson press release, the project has three goals:

  • Compare EU and US nanotechnology regulation;
  • Generate nano-EHS policy research for consideration on "both sides of the Atlantic;" and
  • Foster "congruent approaches and transatlantic convergence in nanotech regulation." 

Let’s hope this more-than-able group of policy advocates moves beyond simply arguing "the US needs to ditch TSCA and adopt new REACH-like regulations."