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April 4, 2011

Nanotechnology Law & Business

The ACTA Group

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C), B&C Consortia Management, L.L.C. (BCCM), The Acta Group, L.L.C. (Acta), and The Acta Group EU, Ltd (Acta EU) are pleased to announce that Nanotechnology Law & Business has published an article co-authored by Lynn L. Bergeson entitled “RoHS Recast: How Did Nanomaterials Fare?” The abstract states:

Several types of nanoscale materials recently dodged a bullet as the European Parliament declined to ban nanosilver and long multi-walled carbon nanotubes in the European Union’s Directive on the Restriction and Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (more commonly known as “RoHS”). For reasons not entirely clear, detractors of these nanoscale materials tried, and failed, to ban them outright in the RoHS Recast initiative. For nano stakeholders, while the news is good, the process serves as a cautionary tale of the shape of things to come in forthcoming legislative initiatives in the European Union, and likely elsewhere.

The article provides a detailed overview of the history of the European Parliament’s consideration of certain nanomaterials, and offers some explanation as to why these efforts failed. The article is co-authored by Ruxandra Cana of the Brussels office of Field Fisher Waterhouse, whose insights “from the field” as it were are interesting and valuable.

Reprints of the article are available upon request.