The science and application of biorelated polymers require cooperation among different disciplines and scientific domains. Scientists whose research involves using polymer-based compounds and devices in contact with living systems tend to use the terms and definitions recommended by IUPAC. However, scientists in other fields have often developed incoherent terminologies.
The aim of the following recommendation is to provide a standard terminology that can be used across all fields of science involved with biorelated polymers, namely medicine, surgery, pharmacology, agriculture, packaging, biotechnology, and polymer waste management. This is necessary because i) human health and environmental sustainability are more and more interdependent; ii) research, applications, norms and regulations are still developed independently in each sector; and iii) nonspecialists such as journalists and politicians need a common language.
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Published Online: 2011-03-01
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