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EU Nanomaterial Definition to be delayed by Nick Boley

The European Commission has stated that it will be unable to meet its self-imposed deadline of December 2014 for agreeing an EU definition of what constitutes a nanomaterial.  This was announced at a symposium organised by the Nanotechnologies Industries Association (NIA) in Brussels recently.

The Commission are waiting for the third instalment of a report from their Joint Research Centre laboratory which will cover technical and scientific recommendations that should be taken into account in the review of the nanomaterial definition. This report is not available yet, and it is important to wait until it has been published. This blog has long considered that it is essential that any definition of a nanomaterial must be supported by validated measurement methods which can accurately enforce such a definition.

The Commission intend that the definition should apply across different sector-specific pieces of legislation, where nanomaterials are considered. This is to be supported, as the fragmentation of some EU regulation, with different rules in different sectors is something that should ideally be avoided.

It is hoped the definition will be agreed during the first half of 2015.

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