Commission Adopts the First-ever International Definition of Nanomaterials for Regulatory Purposes
The European Commission's hesitation to provide a legal definition of nanomaterials came to an end last week when its services adopted and released a long-awaited and much-debated recommendation for a regulatory definition for nanomaterials on 18 October. The definition builds on a draft definition released last year, but includes a number of substantial changes.
The Commission's definition is in the form of a recommendation that is not legally binding. The intention is that it will be incorporated into sector- or product-specific legislation and that that legislation will then be legally enforceable.