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21 Feb 2019

JRC Report clarifies key nanotechnology concepts

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) released a report clarifying the key concepts and terms used in the European Commission's nanomaterial definition. The report which was published on 19 February 2019, is intended to support stakeholders regarding the correct implementation of legislation making reference to the definition.

Nanomaterials contain particles smaller than 100 nanometres (100 millionths of a millimetre). They have unique physical and chemical characteristics and can be used in consumer products to improve the products' properties – for instance, to make something more resistant against breaking, stains or humidity. The European Commission's Recommendation on the definition of nanomaterials (2011/696/EU) provides a general basis for regulatory instruments concerning these materials in many areas, both in the EU and in national legislative texts. Due to the fact that some of the key concepts and terms of the Recommendation could be interpreted in different ways, the JRC has now published its report "An overview of concepts and terms used in the European Commission's definition of nanomaterial" which aims to provide a clarification of the key concepts and terms of the nanomaterial definition and discusses them in a regulatory context.

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