- February 13, 2020
‘Nanoplastics’ terminology in focus - Position Paper from NIA
In a position paper developed and published with its Members across research and industry, NIA urges caution and clarity when referring to plastics as small particles or fragments. The term ‘Nanoplastics’ is non-specific and ambiguous and therefore qualifiers should be considered for accurate presentation to all audiences.
Such qualifiers should include material origins as appropriate, such as:
(*) Incidental ‘nanoplastics’ – which originate through degradation or wear of plastic materials from an original larger material
(*) Manufactured ‘nanoplastics’ – which are intentionally produced at the nanoscale to allow for specific nanoscale characteristics
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