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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

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
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

JRC Publishes NANoREG Framework for the Safety Assessment of Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The European Commission (EC) Joint Research Center (JRC) has published a Science for Policy report entitled NANoREG framework for the safety assessment of nanomaterials.  The report was developed within the NANoREG project, “A common European approach to the regulatory testing of nanomaterials.”  The NANoREG framework represents the project’s proposal for a common understanding in the… Continue Reading

NanoMONITOR Begins Survey to Refine Design of Real-Time Information and Monitoring System

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
NanoMONITOR announced on May 3, 2017, the launch of a survey intended to refine the design of the real-time information and monitoring system to support the risk assessment of nanomaterials under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation.  NanoMONITOR states that the ten-minute survey will help it: Elicit stakeholders’ requirements on the… Continue Reading

EPA TechDirect Reports Availability of NanoRem Toolbox

Posted in International, Research
The May 1, 2017, issue of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) TechDirect includes an item on the availability of the Taking Nanotechnological Remediation Processes from Lab Scale to End User Applications for the Restoration of a Clean Environment (NanoRem) Toolbox.  NanoRem is a research project funded through the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Program for… Continue Reading

EC4safenano Conducts Survey on Demand and Supply of Services for Safe Use of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology

Posted in International
The European Center for Risk Management and Safe Innovation in Nanomaterials and Nanotechnologies (EC4safenano) states that it wishes to develop a catalog of services matching the anticipated needs and service requirements to the supply of services from different organizations.  It has sent a survey to different stakeholders, including European Union (EU) Member States, the European… Continue Reading

NanoMONITOR Demo Version Now Available Online

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research
NanoMONITOR, a project partly funded by the European Commission Life+ with grant agreement LIFE14 ENV/ES/000662, is intended to develop a real-time information and monitoring system to support the risk assessment of nanomaterials under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation.  The overall objective of the NanoMONITOR project is to improve the use… Continue Reading

Swiss National Research Program Will Hold Closure Event in June

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
On June 2, 2017, the National Research Program “Opportunities and Risks of Nanomaterials” (NRP 64) will hold a closure event, parallel to the Swiss Nano Convention, which will be held June 1-2, 2017.  NRP 64 began its research work in December 2010 and has studied the development, use, behavior, and degradation of synthetic nanomaterials, as… Continue Reading

EU Addresses the Use of Nanomaterials in Medical Devices

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On April 5, 2017, the European Parliament (EP) approved a regulation on medical devices, as well as a regulation on in vitro diagnostic medical devices.  The EP’s April 5, 2017, press release states that the medical devices regulation is intended to ensure that medical devices are traceable and comply with European Union (EU) safety requirements. … Continue Reading

Nanodatabase Adds 3,000th Product

Posted in International
The Nanodatabase, developed by the Technical University of Denmark Department of Environmental Engineering (DTU Environment), the Danish Ecological Council, and the Danish Consumer Council, announced on April 4, 2017, that it added product number 3,000.  According to The Nanodatabase, most products fall into the health and fitness category (1,845) while only about one-sixth of the… Continue Reading

IRSST Publishes Report for Project on Development and Validation of Methods for Sampling and Characterizing Engineered Nanomaterials in Air and on Workplace Surfaces

Posted in International, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research
On March 7, 2017, the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) published the final report for Project 2013-0059, “The Development and Validation of Methods for Sampling and Characterizing Engineered Nanomaterials in Air and on Workplace Surfaces.”  The report is available in French, but the abstract is available in English. … Continue Reading

SCCS Issues Final Opinion on Additional Coatings for Titanium Dioxide (Nano Form) as UV-Filter in Dermally Applied Cosmetic Products

Posted in International
On March 7, 2017, the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) issued a final opinion on additional coatings for titanium dioxide (nano form) coated with cetyl phosphate, manganese dioxide, or triethoxycaprylylsilane as an ultraviolet (UV)-filter in dermally applied cosmetics.  The conclusion states that given a general lack of dermal absorption and low general toxicity of… Continue Reading

SCCS Seeks Comment on Opinion on Titanium Dioxide (Nano Form) as UV-Filter in Sprays

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On March 10, 2017, the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) began a public consultation on its opinion on titanium dioxide (nanoform) as an ultraviolet (UV)-filter in sprays.  In July 2015, the European Commission (EC) received new data from industry to support the safe use of nano titanium dioxide when used as a UV-filter in… Continue Reading

NanoMONITOR Workshop Will Examine Supporting the Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials under REACH

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research
NanoMONITOR’s first stakeholders’ day, April 4, 2017, will include a workshop on “Development of a real-time information and monitoring system to support the risk assessment of nanomaterials under REACH.”  The overall aim of the NanoMONITOR project is to develop a prototype system to generate robust, accessible, comparable, and interoperable environmental and indoor air monitoring data… Continue Reading

European NanoSafety Cluster Publishes 2017 Research Regulatory Roadmap

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
On March 9, 2017, the NanoSafety Cluster published its 2017 Research Regulatory Roadmap.  The purpose of the Roadmap is to identify both ongoing and complete activities associated with the development of regulations promoting the safety of nanomaterials.  The Roadmap identifies research areas or priorities that need to be addressed further to facilitate this process.  According… Continue Reading

ECHA Board of Appeal Annuls Contested Decision Concerning Titanium Dioxide

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On March 2, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced that its Board of Appeal issued its decision in Case A-011-2014, which concerns a Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) dossier evaluation for titanium dioxide.  In its evaluation, ECHA considered only the substance identity information required and not the information requirements for human… Continue Reading

ISO Publishes Standard on Vocabulary for Nano-Enabled Electrotechnical Products and Systems

Posted in International
In January 2017, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)/Technical Specification (TS) 80004-9:2017, “Nanotechnologies — Vocabulary — Part 9:  Nano-enabled electrotechnical products and systems.”  IEC/TS 80004-9:2017 specifies terms and definitions for electrotechnical products and systems reliant on nanomaterials for their essential functionalities.  ISO states that it is intended to facilitate communications… Continue Reading

Report Claims OECD Dossiers on Nanomaterials Are of “Little to No Value”

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, OECD, Research
On February 23, 2017, the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) issued a press release announcing a new report, commissioned by CIEL, the European Environmental Citizens’ Organization for Standardization (ECOS), and the Oeko-Institute, that “shows that most of the information made available by the Sponsorship Testing Programme of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development… Continue Reading

Another Draft REACH Guidance Document on Nanomaterials Moves to CARACAL for Review

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
According to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) website, the draft Guidance on information requirements and Chemical Safety Assessment:  Appendix R7-1 Recommendations for nanomaterials applicable to Chapter R7a Endpoint specific guidance and Appendix R7-2 Recommendations for nanomaterials applicable to Chapter R7c Endpoint specific guidance has been sent to the Competent Authorities for Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and… Continue Reading

Nanomaterials Inventory for Cosmetics Will Be Published “in the Next Weeks”

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
ClientEarth published a January 11, 2017, blog item entitled “Three-year wait for nanomaterial risk data promised ‘in the next weeks.’”  Under the Cosmetics Directive, the European Commission (EC) was to publish by January 11, 2014, an inventory of nanomaterials used in cosmetic products on the European Union market.  The EC has postponed publication of the… Continue Reading

Draft REACH Guidance Documents on Nanomaterials Move to CARACAL for Review

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
According to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) website, several Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) guidance documents concerning nanomaterials have moved to the next step in the consultation process.  The draft recommendations for nanomaterials applicable to the guidance on quantitative structure-activity relationships (QSAR) and grouping of chemicals was sent to the Competent Authorities… Continue Reading

IRSST Project Measures Nanoparticle Penetration into Protective Gloves

Posted in International, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research
The Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) published a news item on January 16, 2017, entitled “Nanoparticles — to handle with care.”  IRSST states that although research is still in development, it appears that nanoparticles can enter the respiratory tract or penetrate through the skin and make their way to the bloodstream, which may carry the… Continue Reading

OECD Publishes Report on Alternative Testing Strategies in Risk Assessment of Manufactured Nanomaterials

Posted in OECD, Research
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published a report entitled Alternative Testing Strategies in Risk Assessment of Manufactured Nanomaterials:  Current State of Knowledge and Research Needs to Advance Their Use.  Experts from academia, industry, public interest groups, and government researched, analyzed, and discussed how alternative models could be used to advance the risk… Continue Reading