Nanotechnology is a relatively young scientific field, which deals with particles on the scale of a single molecule. Small dimensions reflect different aspects of natural law than those reflected in the characteristics of large bodies. For example, nanoscale materials can be stronger, lighter, tougher, capable of storing energy. The difference between the surface area the body size combined with the tiny size of the particles cause change in such factors as strength properties of the chemical bond - and cause different properties compared to these materials in regular composition.
As often in the field of environmental protection, in an effort to benefit the both the environment and the individuum one has to walk a tightrope in order to avoid unexpected damage, and so it is in this case. In recent years, there have been enormous developments in the areas of new science such as nanotechnology methods in materials development, including substances intended for the building industry.
We advise also in this fascinating field. There is no specific legislation yet in the Israeli environmental law and in the international law, but already there are preliminary studies on the health and environmental impacts of nanoscale materials and related legislation is required. Indeed, this new field will undoubtedly occupy a place in environmental and chemical materials laws. In recent years, Europe and the United States emerged legal and scientific works dealing with specific instructions determining nanoscale materials. There are policy documents already issued in Europe on the subject, and there are specific references to interpretations of nanoscale materials in the Hazardous Substances Act in the United States.
For example - One of the problems with nano particles is that they can easily penetrate through the respiratory system up to the lungs and from there, according to some concerns, because of their small size can penetrate into the blood and brain. Moreover, the chemical properties and toxicological effects are not yet well known, and there is currently no consensus in the scientific community that the currently accepted methods of risk assessment are appropriate for them. Legislation does not exist.
We can advise you on the legislative developments in the country and abroad on this issue, and keep you updated with the latest innovations.