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March 4, 2018 6:00 am

Comment Deadline: EFSA Draft Guidance on the Risk Assessment of Nanotechnology Applications in the Food and Feed Chain: Part 1, Human and Animal Health

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The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is seeking public comments regarding the first part of its updated draft guidance for applications in which nanoscience or nanotechnology are integrated into the food and feed chain.  In its draft guidance, the EFSA details a three-step framework for determining a nanomaterial’s hazard and explains how uncertainty should be incorporated during risk assessment.  Additionally, the EFSA identifies characterization techniques that should be used to identify physicochemical properties of nanomaterials and the appropriate conditions for analyses.  When considering nanomaterials used in food, animal feed, and food contact materials, the EFSA highlights the importance of a material’s dissolution rate; this draft guidance pertains primarily to nanomaterials that dissolve slowly into their ionic or molecular components.

To submit comments in regard to the EFSA’s draft guidance, please use the following link.