04 Apr '12, 5pm

Getting a Handle on the EU’s Definition of Nanomaterials

Getting a Handle on the EU’s Definition of Nanomaterials

Last year, I covered some of the European Union's (EU) machinations in trying to arrive at a definition for nanotechnology. The EU ultimately published a definition in October last year. There was a fair amount of surprise at some aspects of the definition, in particular its inclusion of not only manufactured nanoparticles but also the natural and incidental varieties. This made the definition of nanomaterials so broad that industries that may never had given a second thought to nanotechnology found that they too were swept up into this regulatory framework. The UK-based Nanosight , whose nanoparticle measurement instruments I covered back in 2007 , decided to offer a webinar that would try to bring some clarity to a definition that seemed to lack it. In the webinar, Jeremy Warren, CEO of Nanosight, expresses his initial dismay at finding that the EU was including both nat...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/nanoclast/semiconductors/nanotec...

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