Nanoplastics is a generic term increasingly being used to define materials that fall into the nanoscale, primarily as a result of disposal and degradation of materials from the larger scale. 

NIA is working with Members to develop a position paper on the correct terminology that should be used for ‘nanoplastics’.  This will enable all stakeholders to accurately define the context in which plastic materials at the nanoscale are defined – whether engineered for specific properties or incidentally produced through degradation of non-nano materials.

Work will in undertaken in line with a new Working Group from the NanoSafety Cluster, headed by Professor Iseult Lynch of the University of Birmingham and the NIA position paper will be published in early 2020.

Members have already received a draft of the position paper and Members will take part in a discussion webinar on November 19.