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What is a "nanomaterial"? European Commission breaks new ground with a common definition

(18/10/2011) "Nanomaterials" are materials whose main constituents have a dimension of between 1 and 100 billionth of a metre, according to a recommendation adopted by the European Commission today. The announcement marks an important step towards greater protection for citizens, clearly defining which materials need special treatment in specific legislation.

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Commission Press Room: IP/11/1202

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