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Posted: Nov 24, 2010
CIEL and the European Environmental Bureau lead international NGO coalition to define nanomaterials
(Nanowerk News) The Center for International Environmental Law and the European Environmental Bureau submitted proposals today to the European Commission for a definition of the term "nanomaterials." Supported by over 40 organizations from 22 countries on five continents, CIEL and EEB prepared their proposal as part of a public consultation on the European Commission's draft definition.
The NGO proposal welcomes the Commission's broad definition while warning against a narrowing of the scope in the final decision.
The adoption of a definition will enable long awaited regulatory activities to start catching up with market development, by inserting nano specific provision in the EU legal framework.
The proposal also calls for prompt analysis to ensure that the definition includes materials that are already of concern, while avoiding materials that are unlikely to warrant additional scrutiny.
For the complete set of comments and NGO proposals, please click here (pdf).