Friday, April 29, 2011


IWS Documented News Service
Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach
School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies
Cornell University
16 East 34th Street, 4th floor----------------------
Stuart Basefsky
New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau


European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)


ETUI Policy Brief - European Social Policy

Issue 2/2011

Nano governance: how should the EU implement nanomaterial traceability?   


Aída María Ponce Del Castillo, researcher ETUI



This Policy Brief addresses the need for a governance response from the European bodies to

establish a registry of nanomaterial-containing articles. Better comprehensive data is urgently

needed to improve knowledge of what is on the market, who is exposed and what should be

regulated. Member States welcome such inventories and have developed their own initiatives

while at the same time exhorting the European Commission to step in on the process. Achieving

harmonisation of the national initiatives is crucial, for proper regulation is needed to ensure proper protection of human and

environmental health, as well as an adequate level of risk management.


Issue 3/2011

What role can the unions play in Europe's industrial policy? REACH shows the way

Author: Tony Musu, senior researcher ETUI

In English at

or in French at



The REACH1 Regulation which lays down the rules for marketing and using chemicals in Europe

is undoubtedly one of the most far-reaching legislative reforms of the last twenty years. It

enhances European competitiveness while giving improved protection to human health and

the environment. The unions had a big hand in framing the legislation and remain influential

in making it work. Along with the European social dialogue, close involvement by workers’ representatives in developing and

enforcing European laws designed to change our production models is another key means for developing social progress. It also

paves the way for what could be the future of industrial relations in Europe, with the unions taking a prominent role in the

regulation of key sectors of our economy.


1 REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals.

Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006.

Editors: Philippe Pochet and Kurt Vandaele
Published by ETUI, 2011  





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