In an article published on November 9, 2017 by regulatory news provider Chemical Watch, reporter Clelia Oziel informed about the feedback the European Commission (EC) received regarding its recommendation on the definition of the term ‘nanomaterial.’ The EC held a public consultation on its nano-definition recommendation from September 15 to October 13, 2017 (FPF reported). Several industry associations and companies have submitted critical comments, claiming that the EC’s definition of nanomaterials is too broad and might therefore lead to incorrect classifications. The EC’s nano-definition focuses on size and not on nano-specific properties because size is the only clear and measurable criterion. Industry however suggests that the definition should include the mass fraction as an additional criterion to avoid incorrect classifications. Industry also pointed out that the EU’s approach is the only one including natural or accidental nanoparticles in the nano-definition, whereas other regions only address intentionally produced, manufactured or engineered nanomaterials.

The EC will make draft changes to its current nano-definition recommendation and then hold another public consultation open for 12 weeks, Oziel noted.

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Clelia Oziel (November 9, 2017). “EU nano-definition ‘too broad’, industry says.Chemical Watch