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No general nanomaterials legislation, EU concludes

europe flag-1350059751945A relief to a variety of companies regardless of their involvement in nanomaterials manufacturing or use: first week of October 2012, the European Commission came to a conclusion that no new legislation dedicated to nanotechnology is needed. The varying nature of nanomaterials does not allow putting all of them in one basket. Case-by-case studies are needed to assess risks associated with the use or production of each specific type of nanoparticles. The communication, which responds to a 2009 demand by the European Parliament, was jointly presented by European Commissioners Antonio Tajani, Janez Potočnik, John Dalli, and Máire Geoghegan-Quinn.


Despite of the frustration of Greenpeace and consumer organizations, which are happy to ring the bell at any occasion, the decision of the European Commission sounds well thought and duly motivated. It does not either claim that all nanomaterials are not hazardous, rather concludes that no general claim on the increased risk due to the small size of the particles can be made.


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