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'Nano' can be 'Eco' - NIA applauds EUEB Decision

Dr Steffi Friedrichs, Director-General of the Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA), stated the Association's support of the European Union's Ecolabel Board (EUEB) decision against an exclusion of nanomaterials from products eligible for the EU Ecolabel.

In an interview with Chemistry World, Dr Friedrichs commented on a statement made by the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), an organisation which had fought for the inclusion of a criterion prohibiting the use of nanomaterials in Ecolabel-products into the label's list of criteria.

Dr Friedrichs does not think that new test methods are required but says some existing methods for assessing ecotoxicity do still need be adapted. 'We are currently working on how the specific test guidelines need to be adapted to make all the parameters applicable to nanomaterials,' she says.


Follow these links to find out more about the EU Ecolabel, or to read the full Chemistry World article.

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