Filed under: EU Information, EU Regulation/Legislation, Nanomaterials | Tags: nanotechnology
The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has published a report on the draft definition of a nanoparticle which was promulgated in 2011. We have reported previous concerns about the definition.
The report highlights some concerns from industry bodies, who are seeking harmonised definitions across all legislative platforms (REACH, cosmetics, etc) and cite the lack of a single definition as a problem. The need for standardised methods for measuring nanoparticles – both identification and quantification – are also cited as a major issue. The development of robust and validated methods of measurement go hand-in-hand with the development of a nanomaterial definition. Any definition which is adopted must be able to be enforced by appropriate measurement methods, and therefore has to be both objective and feasible, as well as capturing the essence of what a nanomaterial actually is.
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