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June 2011 – Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 8 June 2011 on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (recast) provides for the restriction of other hazardous substances and their substitution by environmentally friendly alternatives as soon as scientific evidence is available, taking into account the precautionary principle. The notice states that other hazardous substances include any substances of very small size or with a very small internal or surface structure (nanomaterials) which may be hazardous due to properties relating to their size or structure.