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FDA nanotechnology: new website, confusing NSF definition

Readers interested in how nanomedicine and related products will be regulated may want to explore the new US Food and Drug Administration nanotechnology website, which includes "FDA Regulation of Nanotechnology Products" and six Powerpoint presentations (also posted as html). They've borrowed their nanotech definition from NSF's, which requires a length scale of 1-100 nanometers, and at the same time, controlling or manipulating on the "atomic" scale. Which is it: up to 100 nm, or atomic? This NSF definition has never made sense to me. (The agencies' actual behavior seems to use the 1-100 nm version.)–CP

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    [...] Although the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative’s previous definition of nanotechnology was confusing, at least they were trying to make it more relevant than the usual “anything 1-100 nm” nanotech definition used by so many. [...]

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