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    Industry messages on nanotechnologies and nanomaterials

    02 July 2014

    Nanotechnologies involve manufacturing and using materials at the smallest scale. These views are those of 15 European industry associations with an interest in nanotechnologies and nanomaterials.

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    Cefic position on nanomaterials inventory

    23 April 2014

    Cefic’s reply to the Commission on additional measures to ensure transparency and adequate regulation?

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    Cefic proposed approach for the adaptation of the REACH annexes for nanomaterials

    17 March 2014

    In the context of amending REACH Annexes, Cefic supports a pragmatic and well-balanced clarification of the requirements for nanomaterials, in line with the conclusions of the Second Regulatory Review as regards the fact that size is not necessarily a hazard per se and that nanomaterials are similar to normal chemicals/substances. Hence, nanomaterials should not be treated more stringently than other chemicals.

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    Cefic side letter on public consultation for nanomaterials REACH options

    09 September 2013

    Cefic has replied to the public consultation on nanomaterials and REACH and the attached letter summarises our suggestions for more clarity and consistency under REACH Annexes based on the options proposed by the Commission

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    Nano fact sheet Multi Walled Carbon Nanotubes

    08 February 2013

    Nanotechnologies are crucial to achieve breakthroughs and solutions in a number of global challenges, such as water treatment, energy storage and sustainable mobility. Their tiny scale gives them specific or improved properties that can be used in many different applications. Ensuring that nanomaterials are produced, used and disposed of in a safe and sustainable way is essential to ensure their contribution to societal benefits. The European chemical industry sees the existing risk assessment paradigm and regulatory framework as a solid basis for this. In order to ensure transparency on nanomaterials, several Industry sectors involved in the production and use of nanomaterials have provided factsheets and brochures, detailing their applications and safety assessments.

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    Testing and assessment strategies for nanomaterials

    03 October 2012

    Following an initial mapping of the potential risks of nanotechnologies in March 2004, several scientific bodies have been working on the risk assessment of nanomaterials. In their conclusions, there is general recognition that testing strategies and safety assessments currently in place can be used as well for nanomaterials as for any other chemicals. Refinements need to be added, however, to some specific elements such as sampling preparation and dosimetry, and measurement techniques. Research activities focusing on critical aspects of physico-chemical properties and bioavailability are needed to fine-tune the results of risk assessments of nanomaterials. In the meantime, worst case scenarios can be applied, as usual practice when facing uncertainty of results.

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    Cefic position of nanomaterials safety and legislation

    03 October 2012

    In October 2011, the European Commission adopted the following, general definition of nanomaterials. “A natural, incidental or manufactured material containing particles, in an unbound state or as an aggregate or as an agglomerate and where, for 50 % or more of the particles in the number size distribution, one or more external dimensions is in the size range 1 nm - 100 nm”. These nanomaterials are not intrinsically hazardous. The purpose of the definition is to identify materials for which there may be a need to take into account specific considerations in their risk assessment. The definition will be reviewed in 2014.

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    Cefic Q&A on nanomaterials and nanotechnologies

    03 October 2012

    1. What are nanomaterials? 2. How do nanomaterials differ from other chemicals? 3. What is nanotechnology? 4. Where are nanomaterials used today? 5. Why do we need innovation in nanomaterials and nanotechnologies? 6. Are nanomaterials safe for human health and the environment? 7. Is the current EU legislation sufficient to regulate nanomaterials? 8. Should there be a label or an inventory for products containing nanomaterials? 9. What voluntary measures are in place to ensure nanomaterials are safe?

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    Responsible Production and Use of Nanomaterials: Implementing Responsible Care®

    17 January 2012

    With the help of concrete examples, this document provides guidance on how companies can apply the Responsible Care principles to producing and using nanomaterials.

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    Enabling Responsible Innovations of Nanotechnologies

    24 June 2008

    Workshop report

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