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Proposal for a definition of the term "nanomaterial" that the European Commission intends to use as an overarching, broadly applicable reference term for any European Union communication or legislation addressing nanomaterials

Policy field(s)

Environment, Consumer protection, Industry, Science and Research, Occupational health and safety

Target group(s)

All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are particularly sought from market participants, consumer and non-governmental organisations, academia, national governments and national competent authorities.

Period of consultation

From 21.10.2010 to 19.11.2010

Objective of the consultation

This consultation seeks to collect stakeholders’ views on the envisaged definition.

The definition of the term "nanomaterial" should be based on available scientific knowledge and should be used for regulatory purposes. The definition should determine when a material should be considered as a nanomaterial for legislative and policy purposes in the European Union.

How to submit your contribution

We welcome contributions from citizens, organisations and public authorities.

Please submit your contribution using this form to

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Received contributions will be published on the Internet. It is important to read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

View the consultation document and the questions

Background note

Draft Commission Recommendation on the definition of the term "nanomaterial"

Reference documents and other, related consultations

SCENIHR opinion "Scientific basis for the definition of the term 'nanomaterial'"

Contact details

responsible service

Directorate General Environment


postal address

Avenue de Beaulieu 5, 1160 Brussels, Belgium

Reason why the consultation period is less than 8 weeks

The SCENIHR pre-consultation opinion on the "Scientific basis for the definition of the term 'nanomaterial' " was closed after 8 weeks of consultation on 15 September 2010. This draft proposal for the term "nanomaterial" builds on the scientific opinion.

Number of responses received to this consultation

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Results of consultation and next steps

Protection of personal data

Specific privacy statement