On January 12, 2018, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) launched a public consultation on its draft guidance on “risk assessment of nanoscience and nanotechnology applications in the food and feed chain.” The guidance covers areas such as novel foods, food contact materials (FCMs), food and feed additives, and pesticides, EFSA noted. New scientific developments, “particularly studies that offer new insights into exposure assessment and hazard characterization of nanomaterials,” are taken into account in the guidance. Further, the guidance includes “nano-specific considerations relating to in vivo/in vitro toxicological studies and outlines a tiered framework for toxicological testing, and proposes ways to carry out risk characterization and uncertainty analysis.” Comments can be submitted until March 4, 2018.

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EFSA (January 12, 2018). “Public consultation: Guidance on nanomaterials.

Nanotechnology Industries Association (January 12, 2018). “Consultation launched on revised EFSA nano guidance.

Vanessa Zainzinger (January 16, 2018). “EFSA consulting on nano risk assessment guidance.Chemical Watch


EFSA (January 12, 2018). “Draft for public consultation – Guidance on risk assessment of the application of nanoscience and nanotechnologies in the food and feed chain: Part 1, human and animal health.(pdf)