Volume 89 Issue 44 | p. 9 | News of The Week
Issue Date: October 31, 2011

European Union Adopts Definition For Nanomaterials

Europe moves toward harmonized regulations by defining what makes something a nanomaterial
Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: nanotechnology, nanomaterials, European Union

The European Commission, the administrative arm of the European Union has defined the term “nanomaterial,” opening the door for future regulations on nanoscale particles in consumer products sold in the EU. The chemical industry and consumer groups both welcomed and criticized the action.

The definition is intended to help EU regulators and industry determine which products contain nanomaterials and therefore might need special safety provisions, such as risk assessments or ingredient labeling. Under the definition, . . .

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