Over the last fewe months, the debate around nanomaterials has matured. The policy initiatives of the European Union and France regarding nanomaterials, presented in the September 2010 issue of the Flash, have turned into concrete proposals. Determining the real nano-effects, as a result of improved scientific data and research, appears to be the key for effective regulation of nanomaterials.
The European Commission has decided to first define nanomaterials to ensure harmonization for future regulation. In October 2010, a definition of the term nanomaterial was proposed in a draft Recommendation. A Recommendation would not give this definition the full force of law but it would contribute to the development of new EU policies and regulatory developments and the implementation of existing regulations. 'Nanomaterial' would be defined as any material which meets at least one of the following criteria: