On September 11, 2015 the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) published the co-authored paper “Regulatory aspects of nanotechnology in the agri/feed/food sector in EU and non-EU countries” in the peer-reviewed journal Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology. Researchers Valeria Amenta and colleagues from JRC, the Dutch research institute for food safety and quality (RIKILT), and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), reviewed nanotechnology management for products and applications in agricultural production, animal feed and treatment, as well as food processing and food contact materials in different countries. The analysis showed that only the European Union (EU) and Switzerland have “introduced binding nanomaterial definitions and/or specific provisions for some nanotechnology applications.” Other countries regulate nanomaterials mainly by relying on non-legally binding guidance and standards for industry. The researchers conclude that there is need for collaboration among countries to exchange information and ensure protection for humans and the environment. At the same time, the development of new beneficial nanomaterial products and their international marketing shall not be impeded.

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JRC (September 11, 2015). “Nano in food and agriculture: regulations require collaboration to ensure safety.

Amenta et al. (2015). “Regulatory aspects of nanotechnology in the agri/feed/food sector in EU and non-EU countries.Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology 73(1):463-476.