Critical review of the relevance and reliability of data sources, methods, parameters and determining factors to produce market studies on manufactured nanomaterials on the EU market
This report presents the results of a critical review on the relevance and reliability of data sources, methods, parameters and determining factors to produce market studies on manufactured nanomaterials on the EU market. This project serves as a basis for conducting and producing new studies on European nanomaterials market. It begins with analysing the data sources, methods and parameters already used for such market studies, and further identifies, proposes and analyses a further optimal combination of these data sources, methods, parameters and determining factors. A methodology comprising... five work packages was developed. Searching for data sources from 2011 to present was conducted using publicly available online search tools as well as relevant authorities’ websites such as ECHA, EC, Member States, etc. From all sources identified and structured as commercial market studies, EU sources, Member States sources, data base sources and other data sources; 25 sources have been found to have: very high relevance, high relevance or relevance (17 commercial market studies, 5 EU sources, 2 Member States sources and 1 other data sources). As an overall conclusion, we suggest combining primary research, complemented by a Delphi method inviting different experts, and secondary research, based on three market studies identified as the most relevant.