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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

Australian Consultation Paper Addresses Regulatory Treatment of Unlisted Chemicals Introduced at the Nanoscale

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The Industrial Chemicals Bill 2017 describes the legislative framework for a reformed, risk-based regulatory scheme for Australia to continue to regulate the introduction of industrial chemicals.  The Australian government has presented the bill to Parliament.  On June 1, 2017, the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) published Consultation Paper 5, which seeks feedback… Continue Reading

ISO Publishes Standard Providing Plain Language Explanation of Selected Terms from ISO/IEC 80004 Series

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The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published standard ISO/TR 18401:2017, “Nanotechnologies — Plain language explanation of selected terms from the ISO/IEC 80004 series.”  The standard is intended to assist stakeholders who are making decisions about the direction, management, and application of nanotechnologies to understand better selected key terms and definitions in the ISO/IEC 80004 vocabulary… Continue Reading

KAN Reviews Nanotechnology Standardization Documents from OSH Perspective

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
Germany’s Commission for Occupational Health and Safety (KAN) released in May 2017 a report entitled Standardization in nanotechnology — Status review and requirements analysis from the occupational safety and health perspective.  According to the report, which is in German but includes an English summary, the authors conducted a structured status review of the standardization situation… Continue Reading

ISO Publishes Procedure for Detecting Reactive Oxygen Species Generated by Metal Oxide Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Research
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) recently announced publication of standard ISO/TS 18827:2017, “Nanotechnologies — Electron spin resonance (ESR) as a method for measuring reactive oxygen species (ROS) generated by metal oxide nanomaterials.”  The introduction states that the use of metal or metal oxide-based nanomaterials has dramatically increased in biomedical and industrial applications.  The scientific… Continue Reading

France Publishes English Summary of Study on Development of Nanomaterials by 2030

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
On April 26, 2017, France’s National Research and Safety Institute (INRS) published a press release announcing the availability of an English summary of a foresight study conducted in 2014 on the development of nanomaterials by 2030 and the consequences on safety and health in small businesses in France.  Four scenarios were envisioned: (1)       Strong… Continue Reading

Germany Publishes Final Report from Project on Methodology for Identifying Granular Biopersistent Particles at Workplaces

Posted in International, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research
Germany’s Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) has published the final report for the project “Methodology for the Identification of Granular Biopersistent Particles (GBP) at Workplaces.”  The final report states that the category includes respirable granular biopersistent particles without known significant specific toxicity.  This category comprises various materials such as minerals, metals, metal… Continue Reading

ECHA Publishes REACH Guidance for Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced on May 24, 2017, publication of five documents that it intends to help registrants preparing dossiers that cover nanoforms ahead of the 2018 registration deadline under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation.  ECHA published two new guidance documents: Nano-specific appendix to Chapter R.6 of the… Continue Reading

IARC Publishes Monograph on Carbon Nanotubes, Fluoro-Edenite, and Silicon Carbide

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced on May 19, 2017, publication of Volume 111 of the IARC Monographs, Some Nanomaterials and Some Fibres.  The Monograph contains evaluations of the carcinogenic hazard to humans of fluoro-edenite fibrous amphibole, silicon carbide fibers and whiskers, and carbon nanotubes.  As reported in our November 3, 2014,… Continue Reading

Registration Open for NanoEHS Webinar on Voluntary Standards and Their Role in Enhancing the Quality of Scientific Research

Posted in International, Research, United States
Registration is now open for a May 24, 2017, webinar on “An Introduction to Voluntary Standards and Their Role in Enhancing the Quality of Scientific Research.”  According to the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), the safe development and commercialization of nanotechnology depends on the availability of internationally agreed upon standards.  Such standards enable the use… Continue Reading

ECHA Creates Web Page for Nanomaterials Expert Group

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The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has created a web page for the Nanomaterials Expert Group (NMEP), which was created in October 2012.  NMEP aims to seek common ground among experts on scientific and technical issues regarding the implementation of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation, the Classification, Labeling, and Packaging (CLP)… Continue Reading

NanoImpact Publishes Special Issue Based on Eighth International Congress of Nanotoxicology

Posted in International, Research, United States
NanoImpact has published a special issue based on work presented at the Eighth International Congress of Nanotoxicology, which was held June 2-4, 2016, in Boston, Massachusetts.  The theme was “A Decade of Nanotoxicology:  Impact on Human Health and the Environment.”  The Editorial by the associate guest editors, Dhimiter Bello and David T. Leong, states that… Continue Reading