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Germany Publishes Results of Research Project on the Perception of Nanotechnology

Posted in EU Member State, International, Research
The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) announced on November 27, 2013, that it completed NanoView, a research project on the perception of nanotechnology by the German population and media. Under the project, BfR examined whether the population’s perceptions and attitudes towards nanotechnology have changed over the last five years, as well as whether the presentation… Continue Reading

France Assesses Mandatory Reporting of Nanomaterials

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On November 29, 2013, the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy published an initial assessment, available only in French, of the mandatory reporting of nanomaterials, which took effect January 1, 2013. Under Decree No. 2012-232, companies that manufacture, import, and/or distribute a “substance with nanoparticle status” in an amount of at least 100 grams per… Continue Reading

Finnish Institute of Occupational Health Releases Report on MWCNTs

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health released a report in October 2013 entitled Evaluation of the health effects of carbon nanotubes. According to the Institute, recent studies have suggested that some types of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) have similar effects as asbestos.  The Institute states that the report “shows that rigid, long and needle-like MWCNTs induce… Continue Reading

UK Creates List of Nano Stakeholders

Posted in EU Member State, International
According to the United Kingdom (UK) Environment Agency Chemical Compliance Team’s annual report, during 2012-2013, the Chemical Compliance Team researched the production and use of nanomaterials by UK industry. On behalf of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Chemical Compliance Team surveyed 268 organizations to create a list of who is producing/using… Continue Reading

Belgium Notifies EC of Draft Decree Creating Nanomaterials Register

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On July 4, 2013, the Belgian Federal Public Service for Health, Food Chain Safety, and Environment notified the European Commission (EC) of a draft decree that would create a register of substances manufactured at the nanoscale based on declarations of products containing such substances by the parties placing these products on the market. Under the draft… Continue Reading

Denmark Begins Public Consultation on Nanomaterials Register

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On July 4, 2013, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency began a public consultation on a draft order for a nanomaterials register. The draft order would impose annual reporting requirements on manufacturers and importers concerning mixtures and products containing nanomaterials. The reporting requirements would apply to nanomaterials released during use of the product or if the nanomaterial is… Continue Reading

Belgium Posts Final Report on Scope of National Register for Nanomaterials

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety, and Environment (FPS), which commissioned a study on the scope of a Belgian national register for nanomaterials and products containing nanomaterials, posted the final report on June 10, 2013. According to the final report, the data collected from individual companies, in addition to market research, has shown that… Continue Reading

France Extends Deadline for Reporting Nanomaterials

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy recently announced that it has extended the deadline for declaring substances with nanoparticle status to June 30, 2013. According to the Ministry, it received 1,991 declarations from 457 companies by the original deadline of April 30, 2013. The Ministry states that, given the “diversity of actors covered by the… Continue Reading

Conference Participants Discuss Need for EU Register of Nanomaterials

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On April 11-12, 2013, the Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment hosted an invitation-only conference entitled “Building Blocks for Completing EU Regulation of Nanomaterials.” The conference was intended to identify areas where current European Union (EU) legislation on nanomaterials is insufficient. Participants include representatives from Member States, the European Commission (EC), European Parliament (EP), industry, and… Continue Reading

Swedish Draft Proposal Would Amend REACH to Ensure Safe Handling of Nanomaterials

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The Swedish Chemicals Agency (KemI) published an April draft proposal to amend the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation to ensure the safe handling of nanomaterials. The draft proposal would adopt the October 2011 European Commission recommendation on the definition of nanomaterial. It would require manufacturers and importers of a nanomaterial, either on its… Continue Reading

Danish EPA Publishes Proposal for Technical Information Requirements for Nanomaterials

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The Danish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published on March 20, 2013, a proposal for technical information requirements for nanomaterials. The Danish EPA states that its proposal may be used in legislation concerning nanomaterials, such as the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation. The Danish EPA reviewed information requirement recommendations from expert groups, associations, and… Continue Reading

Agencies Publish Report And Recommendations Concerning Health And Safety Of Nanomaterials

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On March 20, 2013, five German agencies published a report entitled Nanotechnology — Health and Environmental Risks of Nanomaterials, which includes a joint set of recommendations for future safety assessments of nanomaterials. Under a joint research strategy set up in 2007, over 80 research projects on nanomaterials were reviewed. The report includes recommendations to: Develop adequate measurement… Continue Reading

UK Posts Guidance on Controlling Occupational Exposure to Manufactured Nanomaterials

Posted in EU Member State, International, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
The United Kingdom’s (UK) Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has posted a guidance document describing how to control occupational exposure to manufactured nanomaterials in the workplace. HSE intends the guidance to assist in compliance with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) (as amended). HSE states that the guidance is specifically about the manufacture… Continue Reading

France Reminds Companies of Nanomaterials Reporting Requirement

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The French Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development posted a January 8, 2013, memorandum (in French) concerning the annual mandatory reporting of nanomaterials, which took effect January 1, 2013.  Under Decree No. 2012-232, companies that manufacture, import, and/or distribute a “substance with nanoparticle status” in an amount of at least 100 grams per year must… Continue Reading

Danish Consumer Council and Danish Ecological Council Launch Nano Database

Posted in EU Member State, International
The Danish Consumer Council and the Danish Ecological Council, in cooperation with the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) Environment, have developed a database intended to help consumers identify more than 1,200 products that may contain nanomaterials. The database is an inventory of products that contain nanomaterials or are marketed with the word “nano.” The website asks users… Continue Reading

Health Council of the Netherlands Proposes Registry for Worker Exposure to Engineered Nanoparticles

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The Health Council of the Netherlands announced on May 22, 2012, the availability of a draft report proposing the implementation of an exposure registry and a system of health monitoring when working with engineered nanoparticles. The draft report states that, due to the concerns and lack of knowledge, the Health Council “considers it prudent” to create… Continue Reading

EC Adopts Recommendation on Definition of Nanomaterial

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Other
The European Commission (EC) adopted on October 18, 2011, a Recommendation on the definition of a nanomaterial. The Recommendation “invites” member states, European Union agencies, and economic operators to use the following definition of nanomaterial “in the adoption and implementation of legislation and policy and research programmes concerning products of nanotechnologies”: 2.         “Nanomaterial” means a natural,… Continue Reading

REACH Conference Participants Discuss Nanomaterials

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
During the September 23, 2011, Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) conference organized by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and European Commission (EC), Astrid Schomaker, Directorate-General (DG) Environment, stated that the EC has been working on a definition of nanomaterials, and that it “should be coming after the summer.” The EC previously stated in… Continue Reading

UK FSA Publishes Report of Consumers’ Views on Nano in Food and Food Packaging

Posted in EU Member State, International
On April 21, 2011, the United Kingdom’s (UK) Food Standards Agency (FSA) published a report of consumers’ views on the use of nanotechnology in food and food packaging. FSA convened a focus group in late 2010 and early 2011, and asked participants about their views on nanotechnology. According to FSA, the main findings are that: Participants’ reactions… Continue Reading

BfR Cautions Against Broad Use of Nanosilver in Consumer Products

Posted in EU Member State, Federal, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On April 12, 2011, the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) issued a statement entitled “Safety of Nano Silver in Consumer Products: Many Questions Remain Open,” which reports BfR’s conclusions from a February 2011 workshop discussing existing risks and possible options for comprehensive consumer protection from nanosilver. According to BfR, “the situation continues to be characterised… Continue Reading

EPA Announces Nanotechnology Research Awards

Posted in EU Member State, Federal, International, Research, United States
On February 17, 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it awarded $5.5 million to three consortia to support innovative research on nanotechnology. EPA states that, in collaboration with the United Kingdom’s (UK) Natural Environment Research Council, it is leading this scientific research effort to understand better the potential risks to people’s health and… Continue Reading

EU-OSHA Announces Control Banding Tool for Nanomaterials

Posted in EU Member State, International, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
On January 25, 2011, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) announced that French Agency for Environmental and Occupational Health Safety (ANSES) experts have developed a control banding tool specific to nanomaterials that can potentially be used in any work environment in which nanomaterials are manufactured or used. With control banding, new products… Continue Reading

EP Approves RoHS Recast

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On November 24, 2010, the European Parliament (EP) overwhelmingly approved the proposed recast of the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive, which restricts the use of certain hazardous substances in electronic and electrical equipment (EEE). The EP passed by a vote of 640 to 3, with 12 abstentions, legislation that would extend the Directive to most… Continue Reading

EC Begins Consultation on Recommendation on Definition of the Term Nanomaterial

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On October 21, 2010, the European Commission (EC) began a consultation on its proposal for a definition of the term “nanomaterial” that the it intends to use as “an overarching, broadly applicable reference term” for any European Union (EU) communication or legislation addressing nanomaterials. The EC states that the definition of the term “nanomaterial” should be… Continue Reading