The European Union (EU) has voted to clarify regulations on nanomaterials, a move that is expected to reinforce the action against the presence of hazardous chemicals in clothing, textiles and footwear. At the Reach (Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) Committee meeting in Helsinki on April 26, Member States voted to amend the Annexes to the legal text of the Reach program so as to explicitly address nanoforms of substances. The specific requirements will clarify which substances registered under Reach are placed on the market as nanomaterials and in which quantities. The amendments will enable both companies and authorities to know more about nanomaterials, including their characteristics, how they are used, how to handle them safely, the risks they potentially pose to human health and the environment, and how these risks are controlled. The draft Regulation is now subject to a three-month scrutiny by the EU Parliament and Council, before being adopted by the Commission.