The European Commission (EC) has notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) that it will put forward to the European Parliament and EU Council of Ministers a revision of its ‘Delegated Regulation amending Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the provision of food information to consumers as regards the definition of ‘engineered nanomaterials’. This is anticipated to be done in the first half of February 2015.
In Dec 2013 the EC proposed a new definition of ‘engineered nanomaterial’ for Regulation (EU) No. 1169/2011 through a delegated act. This was rejected by members of the European Parliament’s Committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) on the grounds that ‘the definition could lead to existing nanomaterials not being labelled’. The EC states that this revised Delegated Regulation takes ‘into account the position of the European Parliament’ – specifically in that ‘the exemption of certain food additives from the scope of the engineered nanomaterials has been deleted’.
Members of the EU Council of Ministers and the European Parliament will then have two months to table any objections to the proposal; should none be received, then the Delegated Regulation will come into force about two to four months later.
Follow this link to read the EC’s notification about the Delegated Regulation to the WTO, and this to read the revised Delegated Regulation itself. Follow this link to read NIA’s previous reporting on the proposal of the Delegated Regulation, and its rejection by the EP’s ENVI Committee.