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Updating our language - why we should not paint all nanoforms with the same brush

Read out latest Nanopinion guest column from Chiara Venturini, Director General at Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA), who talks about the lack of precision with the word “nanomaterials” and the need to have a more detailed language when talking about them.

If we apply this to nanoforms, the impact can be damaging: if the language we use does not allow us to capture their differences in terms of hazard profiles, we risk ending up with a blanket approach that attributes to all nanoforms of a same substance the risk profile of the most hazardous of them, misleading us into avoiding or even banning them altogether. This in turn can hamper the development and use of novel materials, missing out on the opportunities they afford.

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