'The Communication from the European Commission provides an accurate and relevant description of the current status', comments Dr Steffi Friedrichs, Director General of the Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA), in an interview with Chemical Watch on the publication of the European Commission's 2nd Regulatory Review of Nanomaterials (COM(2012) 572 final). Dr Friedrichs welcomes the views presented by the European Commission in the Communication, and adds that 'the nanotechnology industries in all sectors are creating innovative products, while at the same time actively participating in the generation of data useful for risk assessment'. With that, the 2nd Regulatory Review sets an appropriate baseline for all relevant actors to continue the strong development and responsible use of nanomaterials.
The NIA will continue its participation in areas where measures are proposed in the Communication; and help overcome the important challenges identified.
The Communication restates nanotechnology as a key enabling technology (KET) that provides a basis for innovation and new products that stimulate job creation and growth. It is notable that direct employment in nanotechnology has seen an increasing trend and with current estimates at between 300 000 to 400 000 jobs in the EU. Furthermore, the annual tonnage of nanomaterials in the global market is estimated to around 11 million tonnes, totalling a market value of about EUR 20 billion.
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