Rules on nanomaterials in biocides tightened

New rules on implementing the 2012 biocides regulation may make it more difficult to use nanomaterials, in a move that has been welcomed by environmentalists but criticised by industry

New rules on implementing the 2012 biocides regulation may make it more difficult to use nanomaterials, in a move that has been welcomed by environmentalists but criticised by industry.

Only two nano substances are listed in the European Commission’s new biocides review programme. These are silicon dioxide and silver adsorbed on silicon dioxide.

The nano forms of all the other substances and product type combinations listed in the review programme are excluded from its scope. Substances that are excluded can be placed on the market under certain conditions but companies must apply for permission to do so.

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