In an article published on February 26, 2019, news provider Chemical Watch informed about a new delay in the European Commission’s (EC) planned revision of the definition of substances in nanoform. The article reports that a source at the EC has confirmed that the revision will not take place before the next Commission takes office, meaning not before the year 2020. A public consultation on the draft changes to the definition will therefore also happen “at a later stage.”
Discussions and regulatory actions on nanomaterials in the EU have been ongoing since 2011 and delayed numerous times. An agreed recommendation in 2011 by the EC defines nanomaterials as “substances with 50% of particles or more between 1nm-100nm.” Since then, the EC published an inventory of nanomaterials in cosmetics and also adopted revisions to REACH annexes with specific provisions for nanomaterials (FPF reported). Earlier this month, the EC’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) published a report that aims to support implementation of the EC’s 2011 recommendation (FPF reported).
Clelia Oziel (February 26, 2019). “EU revision of nanomaterials definition postponed to 2020.” Chemical Watch