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July 5th, 2010

New European JRC Report Calls for Definition of Nanomaterials For Regulatory Purposes

Abstract:
Despite the growing utilization of engineered nanomaterials in consumer products and innovative technological applications, there is at present no widely accepted definition of the term "nanomaterial" that is suitable as a basis for legislation on their safe use. Responding to a request of the European Parliament, the Joint Research Center (JRC) published on July 2 a reference report entitled "Considerations on a definition of nanomaterial for regulatory purposes".

The report discusses possible elements of a definition aiming at reducing ambiguity and confusion for regulators, industry and the general public. It recommends that the specific term "particulate nanomaterial" should be employed in legislation to avoid inconsistencies with other definitions and that size should be used as the only defining property.

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