Nanotechnology industry submits comments to the Draft 2018 EFSA Nano Guidance

The Nanotechnology Industry Association (NIA) has provided its comments to the European Food Safety Authority consultation on their Draft Guidance on risk assessment of the application of nanoscience and nanotechnologies in the food and feed chain: Part 1, human and animal health. EFSA has had a public consultation on this Draft Guidance which closed on Sunday 4 March 2018.

NIA viewed the Draft Guidance to be very comprehensive from a scientific point of view and welcomed the tiered approach and screening possibilities outlined. NIA also provided several specific comments. NIA urged a common definition to be applied, and favours the EC recommendation (currently under revision).

NIA pointed out that the currently broad interpretation of EFSA of materials that would fall under the Draft Guidance provides a large uncertainty for applicants when and how they should apply this Draft Guidance to their products.



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