CIEL is leading international efforts by NGOs on nanotechnology; the burgeoning field built upon a new class of materials tens of thousands of times thinner than the width of a human hair, with revolutionary physical and chemical properties – and potential risks. As the pace of nanotechnology development increases, it is crucial to ensure that these technologies bring about true societal and environmental benefits, with limited risks to human health and the environment.

At such miniscule levels even familiar elements, such as gold or carbon, change and engage different physical properties, making their commercial applications seemingly limitless, however, questions remain about the potential toxic effects of these miniscule materials. Since the technology’s proliferation on the market, CIEL has led global efforts within civil society to implement precaution with respect to nanotechnologies and nanomaterials. This includes leading the nano working group of the International Persistent organic pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN) and a partnership with ECOS and the Oko Institute to support the public interest in relation to nanomaterial development.


Campaign Update

ECOS and CIEL launch a three-year project for the safe development of nanomaterials in Europe

March 2014 In view of the fast development of nanotechnologies, it is crucial to ensure that these technologies bring about true societal and environmental...

Campaign Update

CIEL & partners* publish recommendations for the safer development of nanotechnology for the EU’s REACH regulation implementation

*ClientEarth, The European Environmental Bureau, European citizen’s Organization for Standardisation, The European consumer voice in Standardisation –ANEC, and Health Care Without Harm, Bureau of...