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European Commission Releases Guidance for Implementing the Definition of Nanomaterial in New Recommendation (2022/C 229/01)

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In a significant development, the European Commission has issued comprehensive guidance to facilitate the implementation of the recently adopted Commission Recommendation 2022/C 229/01 on the definition of nanomaterial. The recommendation, adopted in 2022, serves as a crucial framework for addressing nanomaterials and related issues within various policy, legislative, and research domains.

The guidance, aimed at supporting the practical application of the nanomaterial definition outlined in the recommendation, builds upon the findings presented in two JRC (Joint Research Centre) Science for Policy Reports: EUR 29647 and EUR 29942. These reports contributed valuable insights to the development of the present guidance.

One of the primary objectives of the guidance is to provide a comprehensive overview of key terminology and concepts related to nanomaterials. This will ensure a common understanding across different sectors and facilitate coherent implementation of the definition. By establishing a shared knowledge base, the European Commission aims to enhance communication and collaboration among stakeholders involved in nanotechnology-related activities.

The guidance also includes a decision tree, which serves as a practical tool to aid in the identification of nanomaterials. This systematic approach will help stakeholders determine whether a particular substance falls within the scope of the nanomaterial definition specified in the recommendation. By employing the decision tree, regulators, researchers, and industry professionals can effectively assess the nanoscale properties of materials and products.

Furthermore, the guidance emphasizes the importance of measurement techniques in identifying nanomaterials. It provides detailed information on reliable measurement methods that can be employed to determine whether a material meets the nanomaterial criteria outlined in the recommendation. By promoting standardized measurement practices, the European Commission aims to ensure consistent and accurate identification of nanomaterials.

Additionally, the guidance includes an annex that lists documentary standards deemed relevant for achieving a harmonized and coherent regulatory implementation of the nanomaterial definition. These standards will contribute to the development of a consistent framework for addressing nanomaterials at both the European Union and national levels.

With the release of this comprehensive guidance, the European Commission aims to foster greater clarity and uniformity in the application of the nanomaterial definition set out in the Recommendation 2022/C 229/01. By providing stakeholders with practical tools and standardized approaches, the Commission seeks to promote the safe and responsible use of nanotechnologies while supporting innovation and protecting human health and the environment.

This guidance marks a significant step forward in the regulation of nanomaterials within the European Union, enhancing transparency and ensuring the consistent implementation of measures related to nanotechnology.


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