In a new publication, RIVM indicates scientific challenges in the use of the EU definition for nanomaterial in legislation. The European Commission recommends that a nanomaterial be defined as a material in which at least 50% of the number of the constituent particles is in the size range 1 - 100 nm. Regulation of nanomaterials, however, needs more than a definition alone.
The CCE is pleased to publicate an announcement and a detailed substantiation and technical description of the call for data on “no net loss of biodiversity” which has been adopted at the 31st meeting of the Working Group on Effects (Geneva, 20-21 September 2012)
In recent years, an increasing number of applications and products containing or using nanomaterials have become available. Knowledge on potential risks of these materials for humans and the environment is currently insufficient. By publishing the “Recommendation on the definition of nanomaterial” in October 2011, the European Commission has taken an important step towards risk assessment of nanomaterials.
The 22nd CCE workshop 2012 and 28th Task Force Meeting of the ICP M&M are held 16-19 April 2012 in Warsaw, Poland
The Montreal Protocol has not only served to protect the ozone layer, it also has provided a certain degree of climate protection. However, this positive effect on climate may be reduced or lost completely if the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) as substitutes for ozone-depleting substances continues to increase. The climate benefits could be preserved if appropriate alternatives would be chosen to meet the growing global demand for HFCs in refrigeration, air-conditioning and foam production systems. This is the conclusion of a study led by the RIVM and published in the scientific journal Science.