On the 18 October 2011, the European Commission published the 'European Commission Recommendation on the Definition of Nanomaterial' (2011/696/EU), which 'should be used as a reference for determining whether a material should be considered as a 'nanomaterial' for legislative and policy purposes in the Union.' The text in the Recommendation is formulated so broadly that initial estimates believe that 50% of all currently used material - no matter if naturally occurring, incidental, or manufactured - fall under the definition and will therefore have to be regarded as a 'nanomaterial.

  • What does that mean to companies working with these materials?
  • How will the recommended definition be implemented, and who will enforce its implementation?
  • How does the recommendation affect compliance with other EU regulation, such as REACH, or EU national regulation, such as the French Mandatory Reporting Scheme of Nanomaterials?

... these are just a few questions that NIA is clarifying in the latest NIA Briefing.

Following an initial NIA Briefing, published on 18 October 2011, in which NIA answered the 10 most burning questions on the EU Recommendation, and a detailed NIA Workshop on 'Defining Nano!? - Compliance Requirements & Market Impact of the EU Definition of 'Nanomaterials'-', NIA now provides an in-depth technical analysis of the EU Recommendation.

Registered NIA Members can follow this link to download the 'NIA Members Briefing on the European Commission Recommendation on the Definition of ‘Nanomaterial’'.

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