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EU Updates Definition of 'Engineered Nanomaterials' in Novel Foods Regulation for Enhanced Clarity and Safety

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The European Union is poised to update its regulatory framework on novel foods with a specific focus on the definition of 'engineered nanomaterials'. This amendment comes in the form of a Draft Commission Delegated Regulation which seeks to amend Regulation (EU) 2015/2283, aligning it with the latest technical and scientific advancements. The proposed update incorporates elements from the Commission Recommendation 2022/C 229/01, offering a more precise definition of nanomaterials based on extensive technical and scientific backing. One of the key aspects of this amendment is its attempt to clarify the ambiguously interpreted notion of 'intentionally produced' nanomaterials, which has previously complicated the regulation's implementation. This regulatory adjustment, bearing significance for food safety, was distributed on April 4, 2024, and is designed to enhance the EU's framework on novel foods by providing clearer guidelines on the categorization and use of engineered nanomaterials.



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