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Commission backs drive to streamline technology regulation

The use of automated cars, changes to medicines authorisations and a single definition of nanomaterials are amongst R&D fields likely to be prioritised for regulatory change, the European Commission has said.

A staff working document adopted on 15 December lists eight areas of energy, health and transport technologies in which it states EU regulation is not up to scratch, and may be limiting R&D and innovation. It serves as an early indication of R&D regulatory reform that the Commission could tackle following further consultation in 2016.

Alongside road vehicle automation, health technology assessment and nanomaterials, the Commission lists aircraft product certification, eco-design laws, the energy-efficient buildings directive, electric vehicle standardisation and incentives for hydrogen transport as its priorities.

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