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EC Begins Consultation on Revising Recommendation on Definition of Nanomaterial

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On September 15, 2017, the European Commission (EC) began a public consultation on the revision of the 2011 EC Recommendation on the definition of nanomaterial.  The EC intended the definition to achieve consistent application of the term nanomaterial across all legislation.  The definition includes descriptors that the EC intended to review by December 2014 to… Continue Reading

ISO Publishes Vocabulary Standard for Graphene and Related 2D Materials

Posted in International, Research
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published standard ISO/TS 80004-13:2017, “Nanotechnologies — Vocabulary — Part 13:  Graphene and related two-dimensional (2D) materials.”  According to ISO, over the last decade, interest has arisen in graphene due to its “many exceptional properties.”  More recently, other materials with a similar structure have also shown promising properties, including… Continue Reading

RIVM Announces Model to Calculate Concentrations of Nanoparticles in the Environment

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
The Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) announced on September 6, 2017, that an RIVM researcher, Joris Meesters, modified SimpleBox, a distribution model for chemicals, to create SimpleBox4nano, a model to calculate concentrations of nanoparticles in water, soil, and air.  SimpleBox4nano includes new processes that specifically apply to nanoparticles, such as… Continue Reading

EC4SafeNano Survey on Demand and Supply of Services in Nanosafety Ends September 15

Posted in International
Responses to the European Center for Risk Management and Safe Innovation in Nanomaterials and Nanotechnologies (EC4SafeNano) survey on demand and supply of services in nanosafety are due September 15, 2017. EC4SafeNano notes that multiple responses from different departments and groups within a single organization are possible. As reported in our April 24, 2017, blog item,… Continue Reading

EC Environment DG Publishes Report on Assessing the Environmental Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
The European Commission (EC) Environment Directorate General (DG) published an August 2017 report entitled Assessing the environmental safety of manufactured nanomaterials.  The report “shows that, despite early fears, nano-sized particles are not inherently more toxic than larger particles; however, differences between them may be notable and new insights are still being provided by research.”  The… Continue Reading

ISO Publishes Standard Terms and Definitions for Cellulose Nanomaterial

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published standard ISO/TS 20477:2017, “Nanotechnologies — Standard terms and their definition for cellulose nanomaterial.”  The standard states that in industrial productions, cellulose nanomaterials can be manufactured by conversion of wood pulp through chemical, biological, or mechanical processes.  Due to their renewable nature and unique properties, cellulose nanomaterials have… Continue Reading

2017 EU-U.S. Workshop Will Be Held September 7-8, 2017

Posted in International, United States
The 2017 European Union (EU)-U.S. “Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts Joint Workshop” will be held September 7-8, 2017, at the University of Birmingham.  The workshop will be activity-driven, and the activity will be to consider current (and future) approaches to nano environmental and health safety (nanoEHS) research to close the gap between research and regulation.  The… Continue Reading

NGOs Call for France to Require Labeling and Restriction of Consumer Products

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
According to a July 12, 2017, press release, a coalition of non-governmental organizations (NGO) wrote to the French Prime Minister and several ministers to call for labeling and restriction of nanomaterials in consumer products.  The NGOs request that three measures be taken “as a matter of urgency”: Temporarily ban titanium dioxide particles present in E171… Continue Reading

ClientEarth Files Complaint with EU Ombudsman over EC Catalog of Nanomaterials Used in Cosmetic Products

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
ClientEarth announced on July 31, 2017, that it filed a complaint with the European Union (EU) Ombudsman about the European Commission’s (EC) “unlawful handling of a long-delayed list of nano-chemicals in cosmetics.”  As reported in our June 19, 2017, blog item, the EC published June 15, 2017, a catalog of nanomaterials used in cosmetic products… Continue Reading

EC Publishes NanoData Landscape Compilation Reports

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On June 8, 2017, the European Commission (EC) published eight NanoData Landscape Compilation reports.  The EC states that the reports offer a snapshot of the environment for nanotechnology in different application fields: NanoData Landscape Compilation: Health:  This report offers a snapshot of the status of the environment for nanotechnology in the context of health.  Analysis… Continue Reading

EC Publishes Final Report of Nanocomput Project

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
In July 2017, the European Commission’s (EC) Joint Research Center (JRC) published a report entitled Evaluation of the availability and applicability of computational approaches in the safety assessment of nanomaterials:  Final report of the Nanocomput project.  The main aims of the Nanocomput Project were to review and assess the current status of computational methods that… Continue Reading

Journal of Nanobiotechnology Publishes Special Issue on Swiss National Research Program on the “Opportunities and Risks of Nanomaterials”

Posted in International, Research
The Journal of Nanobiotechnology published a special issue on the outcome of Switzerland’s five-year National Research Program on the “Opportunities and Risks of Nanomaterials” (NRP 64).  The editorial states that the Program’s primary goal was to investigate potential applications of existing nanomaterials in healthcare, the consumer industry, and in the environment, and to identify, characterize,… Continue Reading

Canada Intends to Publish Nanoscale Prioritization Results in 2018

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
According to the July 7, 2017, issue of the Chemicals Management Plan Progress Report, Health Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada are in the process of prioritizing nanoscale forms of substances on the Domestic Substances List.  As reported in our July 27, 2015, blog item, Canada conducted a mandatory information-gathering survey under Section 71… Continue Reading

IARC Will Convene Advisory Group in 2018/2019 to Consider Nominations

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
To assist the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in selecting agents for review in future Monographs, IARC regularly convenes international, interdisciplinary Advisory Groups to review all public nominations and to recommend those it considers to be of high priority.  According to information on its website, IARC will convene its next Advisory Group in… Continue Reading

ECHA Announces Two Decisions on Appeals Related to Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On June 30, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Board of Appeal published two decisions related to nanomaterials.  In the July 5, 2017, issue of ECHA Weekly, ECHA states that the Board of Appeal “largely upheld the appeals and annulled most of the requests for information.”  In Cases A-014-2015 and A-015-2015, registrants appealed the same… Continue Reading

CEINT Seeks Comments on Proposed ISA-TAB-Nano Templates

Posted in International, Research
The Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT) seeks comments on the NANoREG-proposed ISA-TAB-nano templates.  According to CEINT, the ISA-TAB-nano file sharing format, developed under the National Cancer Informatics Program Nanotechnology Working Group (NCIP NanoWG), is an accepted ASTM standard (ASTM International E2909-13).  In 2016, the European Union NANoREG project adopted and adapted the… Continue Reading

NanoDefine Will Hold Workshop on Measurement and Classification of Nanomaterials According to the EC Definition

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On October 24, 2017, NanoDefine will hold a one-day workshop in Frankfurt/Main, Germany.  The main purpose of the workshop is to provide a practical demonstration of newly developed measurement techniques to end-users who have to implement the European Commission’s (EC) recommendation on the definition of a nanomaterial (2011/696/EU).  NanoDefine experts have developed a wide panel… Continue Reading

Germany Publishes Meeting Report from Expert Dialogue on Application of Nanotechnologies in the Construction Sector

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On June 1, 2017, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety published meeting documents from the Expert Dialogue on “Opportunities and Risks of the Application of Nanotechnologies in the Construction Sector.”  The documents include a summary of discussion, meeting agenda, and report, Regulation of construction products and possibilities to address… Continue Reading

ISO Standard Describes Aerosol Generation for Air Exposure Studies of Nano-Objects and Their Aggregates and Agglomerates

Posted in International, Research
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) recently published standard ISO/TR 19601:2017, “Nanotechnologies — Aerosol generation for air exposure studies of nano-objects and their aggregates and agglomerates (NOAA).”  ISO states that, to evaluate the inhalation toxicity of NOAA, it is important to consider certain parameters that make the toxicity testing relevant to human exposure.  Three critical… Continue Reading

WHO Seeks Comment on Draft Document Concerning Assessing the Risk of Immunotoxicity Associated with Exposure to Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
The World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Program on Chemical Safety (IPCS) published a draft Environmental Health Criteria (EHC) Document, Principles and Methods to Assess the Risk of Immunotoxicity Associated with Exposure to Nanomaterials.  According to IPCS, the target audience is risk assessors in a regulatory setting, researchers, and industry that needs to provide the data… Continue Reading

EC Publishes Catalog of Nanomaterials Used in Cosmetic Products Placed on the EU Market

Posted in EU Member State, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On June 15, 2017, the European Commission (EC) published a catalog of nanomaterials used in cosmetic products on the European Union (EU) market.  Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009 on cosmetic products requires the EC to publish a catalog of all nanomaterials used in cosmetics placed on the market, indicating the categories of products and the reasonably… Continue Reading

ECHA Launches EU Observatory for Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research
On June 14, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced the launch of the European Union (EU) Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON).  ECHA states that EUON “offers a unique web-based information point with factual and neutral content about nanomaterials on the EU market.”  EUON is targeted at a wide audience, including consumers, workers, regulators, and scientists. … Continue Reading

Sweden to Require Information on Nanomaterials in Product Register Notifications

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On June 7, 2017, Sweden notified the European Commission (EC) that it intends to amend the information requirements concerning the Swedish Chemicals Agency’s (KEMI) product register to require notifiers to provide information on nanomaterials contained in the product.  Under the draft regulation, the requirement will apply to nanomaterials that have been intentionally added to the… Continue Reading

ECHA Committee Concludes Titanium Dioxide Should Be Classified as Suspected of Causing Cancer When Inhaled

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On June 9, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced that the Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) “concluded that the available scientific evidence meets the criteria in the [Classification, Labeling and Packaging (CLP)] Regulation to classify titanium dioxide as a substance suspected of causing cancer through the inhalation route.”  In May 2016, France submitted a… Continue Reading