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European Commission's Joint Research Centre, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection defends the need to define engineered nanomaterials for regulatory purposes in the opinion published in the latest edition of "Nature" magazine, Risk factors: Nanomaterials should be defined .
This is a reply to an article by Andrew Maynard, in which he argues against it. JRC concludes that there is an urgent need for a definition of nanomaterial, more specifically "particulate nanomaterial", that can be used in a regulatory framework. Such a definition should not seek to identify hazardous materials, but should assist industry and regulators in identifying where specific safety assessments might be necessary.
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