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Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council and the European Economic and Social Committee, Regulatory Aspects of Nanomaterials, COM(2008) 366 final

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Abstract

In its Communication "Towards a European Strategy for Nanotechnology", the Commission states that R&D and technological progress need to be accompanied by scientific investigation and assessment of possible health or environmental risks associated with nanotechnology. The "Integrated, safe and responsible approach" has become the core of the EU policy for nanotechnology. The Communication "Nanosciences and nanotechnologies: an action plan for Europe 2005 - 2009", specified that all applications and use of nanosciences and nanotechnologies must comply with the high level of public health, safety, consumers and workers protection, and environmental protection chosen by the Community. The Commission therefore announced a regulatory review of EU legislation in relevant sectors. The present Communication reflects this commitment. It covers nanomaterials currently in production and/or placed on the market. In the absence of generally accepted definitions, the term nanomaterials is used in this Communication to cover commonly used terminology such as manufactured (or engineered) nano-sized and nanostructured nanomaterials. The Communication does not address nanomaterials or nanoparticles that occur naturally or are unintentionally produced, e.g. in combustion.

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Record Number: 9196 / Last updated on: 2008-07-17
Category: COM DOCUMENT