The European Food Safety Authority has launched a public consultation on its draft guidance document for engineered nanomaterial (ENM) applications in food and feed.
The guidance document, prepared by the Scientific Committee in response to a request from the European Commission, outlines that in this evolving area of science, it remains essential to adequately characterise the ENM following classical risk assessment practices; hazard identification and hazard characterisation followed by exposure assessment and risk characterisation. The EFSA guidance sets out for applicants, the data needed to understand the specific properties of the ENM, allowing a risk assessment to be carried out.
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RSC.org (30 June 10)