The European Chemical Industry Council (cefic), which provides the voice of the chemical industry in Europe, has published a leaflet on nanotechnology, endorsed by 15 industrial associations across Europe.
The leaflet, entitled “Europe needs safe and innovative nanotechnologies and nanomaterials“, highlights the importance of nanotechnology to the European economy going forward. It covers innovation, the importance of safety and EU regulation (including REACH) and how this relates to nanomaterials.
The final point made in the leaflet concerns the establishment of a workable definition of a nanomaterial and the effective implementation for this. This is a point which has been made strongly in a number of quarters, including on this blog previously. Effective regulation can only be achieved once an agreed and workable definition of a nanomaterial has been promulgated, which can be effectively enforced and be underpinned by, validated measurement methods.
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