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EC Scientific Committee Requests Information on Nanosilver

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Other
On April 10, 2012, the European Commission (EC) Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) invited interested parties to submit any relevant information that could assist it with its assessment of the safety, health, and environmental effects of nanosilver. In particular, SCENIHR states, it is interested in receiving any scientific information related to… 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

Health Canada Announces Policy Statement Concerning Working Definition for Nanomaterial

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Other
On October 11, 2011, Health Canada announced the availability of its Policy Statement on Health Canada’s Working Definition for Nanomaterials. Health Canada received 29 comments from stakeholders on its March 2010 Interim Policy Statement, which it revised based on stakeholders’ feedback. According to Health Canada, other revisions were prompted by developments in international norms, evolving scientific evidence,… Continue Reading

Australia Announces Adjustments To NICNAS New Chemicals Processes For Industrial Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Other
In an October 5, 2010, Chemical Gazette notice, the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) announced that it is introducing new administrative processes for the notification and assessment of industrial nanomaterials that are considered to be new chemicals. The new administrative arrangements will be effective from January 1, 2011, and will apply to any… Continue Reading

European Parliament Votes to Restrict Nanoscale Ingredients in Food

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Other
On July 7, 2010, the European Parliament (EP) voted that nanoscale ingredients should be banned from food in the European Union (EU) until the health and environmental risks they might pose are better understood, and that any nanoscale ingredients that are eventually authorized should be clearly labeled as such. The EP voted on several amendments to… Continue Reading

EC JRC Releases Report Concerning Definition of Nanomaterial for Regulatory Purposes

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Other, Research
On July 2, 2010, the European Commission’s (EC) Joint Research Centre (JRC) announced the availability of a reference report entitled Considerations on a Definition of Nanomaterial for Regulatory Purposes. JRC prepared the report in response to a request from the European Parliament (EP). JRC states that the aim of the report is to review and discuss issues… Continue Reading

EP Committee Adds Nanosilver and Long Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes to Proposed RoHS Recast

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Other
On June 2, 2010, the European Parliament (EP) Committee on the Environment, Public Health, and Food Safety approved the proposed recast of the Directive on the Restrictions of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) in Electrical and Electronic Equipment, with 55 votes in favor, one against, and two abstentions. The Committee adopted amendments adding nanosilver and long multi-walled carbon… Continue Reading

ILO Publishes Booklet On Emerging Hazards

Posted in International, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Other
On April 27, 2010, ILO published a booklet entitled “Emerging Risks and New Patterns of Prevention in a Changing World of Work,” which summarizes new occupational safety and health issues, including those related to technical innovations such as nanotechnology. The booklet states: There is a big knowledge gap between advances in the application of nanotechnology and… Continue Reading

Health Canada Adopts Interim Policy Statement on Health Canada’s Working Definition for Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Other
On March 1, 2010, Health Canada began a public consultation on its adoption of the Interim Policy Statement on Health Canada’s Working Definition for Nanomaterials (Interim Policy). Although Health Canada is accepting comments, it states that the Interim Policy “is effective immediately.” In preparing the Interim Policy, Health Canada states that it sought the informal feedback of… Continue Reading

NanoCap and EP Will Hold Conference on Working and Living with Nanotechnologies

Posted in International, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Other
On April 2, 2009, NanoCap and the European Parliament (EP) will hold a conference entitled “Working and Living with Nanotechnologies: Trade Union and NGO positions.” The conference objectives are to present positions and perspectives on nanotechnologies at the workplace and in the environment adopted by European trade unions and environmental non-governmental organizations (NGO), including: Setting priorities for… Continue Reading

IARC Announces Carbon Nanotubes Nominated for Review

Posted in International, Other, Research
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) recently solicited nominations for substances for review in future IARC Monographs, which identify environmental factors that can increase the risk of human cancer. IARC states that it will select substances for review based on: (a) evidence of human exposure; and (b) evidence or suspicion of carcinogenicity. The 51 substances nominated… Continue Reading

International Coalition Urges Nano-Specific Regulations

Posted in Environmental Issues, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Other, United States
On July 31, 2007, an international coalition of consumer, public health, environmental, and labor organizations issued the Principles for the Oversight of Nanotechnologies and Nanomaterials and called for strong, comprehensive oversight of the new technology and its products. According to the coalition, the manufacture of products using technology has “exploded in recent years,” while “evidence indicates… Continue Reading

Report Cites Lack of Data Regarding Effectiveness of Regulations to Manage Potential Nanotechnology Risks

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Other
According to a recent report entitled Nanomaterials in Consumer Products, the extent to which a variety of European regulations would manage potential risks of nanomaterials in consumer products cannot be assessed. The report was prepared for the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health, and Food Safety. According to the report, which is not publicly available,… Continue Reading

REACH and Nano

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Other
It has been suggested by some that REACH’s application to nanoparticles and nanomaterials is unclear.  While it is true that REACH does not specifically mention nanoparticles or nanoscale materials anywhere in its 800+ pages of text, we note that in December 2006, shortly after the regulation’s adoption by the European Parliament, the European Commission posted… Continue Reading

ED Will Hold Webcast on REACH, TSCA, and CEPA Best Practices

Posted in EU Member State, Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Other
Environmental Defense (ED) will hold a webcast regarding its recent report, Not That Innocent: A Comparative Analysis of Canadian, European Union and United States Policies on Industrial Chemicals, on May 24, 2007, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (EDT). The webcast will include a 45-minute presentation and a question and answer period. Dr. Richard Denison, Senior Scientist at… Continue Reading