30 - 11 - 2012 |
D 7.4 - Report on latest regulatory changes and customer awareness on detection of ENPs
The EC has published in October 2011 its recommendation on the definition of nanomaterials and this definition has at its core the determination of the number particle size distribution: if more than 50% of the particles are smaller than 100 nm that sample is a nanomaterial. At the moment there is no specific legislation covering nanotechnology or nanomaterials per-se at the European Union level. There are however several regulations that explicitly cover some aspects of nanomaterial detection and characterization. Some of these regulations are already in place with legally binding obligation due to enter into force soon (Cosmetics Directive, Food Contact Materials, Food Information to Consumers, and Biocidal Products regulation). In other cases, such as the REACH regulation, nanoparticles are covered by the existing regulation and the practical implementations for nano-based chemicals are being discussed at the moment. To provide a qualitative assessment of the interest and awareness of companies active in the nanotechnology field we have developed a “customer awareness index” (CWI) that will be used to monitor shifts in customer awareness during the life of the project.