Volume 88 Issue 28 | p. 25 | Concentrates
Issue Date: July 12, 2010

Definition Needed For Nanomaterials

Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE, Nano SCENE
Keywords: Nanomaterials, regulation

An unambiguous definition of the term “nanomaterial” is needed for regulatory purposes, a July 2 report from the European Commission’s Joint Research Center concludes. The report suggests that the definition apply only to particulate nanomaterials, be broadly applicable to legislation in the European Union and worldwide, and use size as the only defining property. Concerns about the potential health and environmental risks of nanomaterials have prompted calls for strong government oversight of products . . .

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