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Nano-Portal on Safe Handling of Nanomaterials Available in English

Posted in International, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
The Nano-Portal:  Safe Handling of Nanomaterials, the result of a project supported by the Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung (DGUV) and developed by the Innovation Society, is now available in English.  The website is intended to extend knowledge about occupational safety and health in the fields of nanomaterials and nanotechnologies.  The Nano-Portal addresses: Awareness of prevention and… Continue Reading

KEMI Consulting on Draft Nano Register Regulation

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI) is in the process of consulting with stakeholders on a draft regulation that would require companies to provide information on nanomaterials in chemical products to the Swedish products register by February 28, 2019.  According to KEMI, the proposal is the same as presented in its 2015 report.  Although the report… Continue Reading

Committees Reviewing Draft Appendix on Recommendations for Nanomaterials Applicable to the Guidance on Registration

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On January 13, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) sent the draft appendix on recommendations for nanomaterials applicable to the guidance on registration to the Forum, Member State Committee, and Risk Assessment Committee for consultation.  The draft guidance outlines the minimum elements potential registrants need to consider when registering substances that fulfil the European Commission’s… Continue Reading

Germany Begins Consultation on Announcement Concerning Manufactured Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
The Committee on Hazardous Substances (AGS) of the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) began a public consultation on its update to several technical rules.  AGS seeks comment on Bekanntmachung zu Gefahrstoffen (BekGS) 527, “Hergestellte Nanomaterialien.”  Although BAuA has published an English translation of Announcement 527, “Manufactured Nanomaterials,” BAuA notes that it is… Continue Reading

France Releases 2016 Report on Nanomaterial Reporting Scheme

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
In November 2016, the Ministry of the Environment, Energy, and the Sea released its 2016 report, in French, Éléments issus des déclarations des substances à l’état nanoparticulaire.  The report analyzes nanomaterial declarations received in 2016 for reporting year 2015.  Under Decree No. 2012-232, companies that manufacture, import, and/or distribute a “substance with nanoparticle status” in… Continue Reading

Presentations Available from 2016 Nanosafe Conference

Posted in International, Research
The fifth Nanosafe conference was held November 7-10, 2016, in Grenoble, France.  The conference included panel discussions on responsible development with non-governmental organizations; urban particles mitigation:  what is reasonably possible; and nanomedicine:  benefit-risk.  Topics addressed during the conference included: Measurement and characterization of nano objects; Exposure; Manufactured nano objects: Release from nano-enabled products; Safer by… Continue Reading

2017 Conference Will Focus on New Tools and Approaches for Nanomaterial Safety Assessment

Posted in International
On February 7-9, 2017, a conference focused on new tools and approaches for nanomaterial safety assessment will be held in Malaga, Spain.  The conference is jointly organized by five major Seventh Research Framework Program (FP7) projects:  NANOSOLUTIONS, GUIDEnano, Sustainable Nanotechnologies (SUN), NanoMILE, and eNanoMapper.  It will present the main results achieved in the course of… Continue Reading

Draft REACH Guidance Documents for Nanomaterials Move to Next Consultation Step

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced in its December 14, 2016, ECHA Weekly that the following drafts for updated ECHA guidance on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation have moved to the next consultation step and been sent to the Member State Committee for review: Guidance on recommendations for nanomaterials for… Continue Reading

Germany Publishes Report on Nanoview Project

Posted in International
On November 15, 2016, the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) published a report, in English, entitled Nanoview — Influencing factors on the perception of nanotechnology and target group-specific risk communication strategies.  In 2007, BfR conducted a survey concerning the public perception of nanotechnology.  Given the newness of nanotechnology and that large sections of the… Continue Reading

ECHA Announces Signed Agreement for EU Observatory for Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On December 7, 2016, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced the signing of a delegation agreement between ECHA and the European Commission (EC) on the European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials (EU-ON).  According to ECHA, the information sources for the EU-ON will include data generated by various pieces of EU legislation regulating the safe use of… Continue Reading

Australian Draft National Standard for the Environmental Risk Management of Industrial Chemicals Addresses Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On November 24, 2016, the Australian Department of the Environment and Energy began a public consultation on the Draft National Standard for the Environmental Risk Management of Industrial Chemicals and a supporting Draft Explanatory Document.  According to the Department, the primary purpose of the papers is to outline the design and operation of the National… Continue Reading

Company Announces First REACH Registration of Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes

Posted in International
On October 13, 2016, OCSiAl announced that it is the first manufacturer of single wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) to complete Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) registration.  According to OCSiAl, the registration was successfully completed thanks to the collaboration between OCSiAl’s Health and Safety Department, Envigo, and Intertek, which jointly completed the work… Continue Reading

ISO Standard Provides Overview of Frameworks for Developing OELs and OEBs for NOAAs

Posted in International, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
On November 21, 2016, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) released ISO/TR 18637:2016, “Nanotechnologies — Overview of available frameworks for the development of occupational exposure limits and bands for nano-objects and their aggregates and agglomerates (NOAAs).”  ISO notes that occupational exposure limits (OEL) are generally substance-specific.  In some case, there is insufficient data to develop… Continue Reading

SCCS Opinion on Additional Coatings for Titanium Dioxide (Nano Form) as UV-Filter Available for Comment

Posted in International
On November 22, 2016, the European Commission’s (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) began a public consultation on its opinion on additional coatings for titanium dioxide (nano form) as an ultraviolet (UV)-filter in dermally applied cosmetic products.  The EC asked if SCCS considered safe the use of cetyl phosphate, manganese dioxide, and triethoxycaprylylsilane as… Continue Reading

Germany Publishes Action Plan Nanotechnology 2020

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) recently published an English version of its Action Plan Nanotechnology 2020.  Based on the success of the Action Plan Nanotechnology over the previous ten years, the federal government will continue the Action Plan Nanotechnology for the next five years.  Action Plan Nanotechnology 2020 is geared towards the… Continue Reading

OECD Publishes a Number of New Reports in Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials, Including Nanosilver Case Study and Gold Nanoparticle Occupational Exposure Assessment in Pilot Scale Facility

Posted in Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, OECD
In November 2016, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published the following new reports in its Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials: Toxicokinetics of Manufactured Nanomaterials: Report from the OECD Expert Meeting:  As part of its Program on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials, OECD initiated a series of expert meetings to discuss… Continue Reading

ECHA Committee Adopts First Opinion Approving Nano Biocide

Posted in EU Member State, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On October 13, 2016, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced that the Biocidal Products Committee adopted three opinions supporting the approval of active substances for use in biocidal products, including its first opinion on a nanomaterial.  The Committee supports the use of pyrogenic, synthetic amorphous silicon dioxide, nano, surface treated for insecticides, acaricides, and products… Continue Reading

ECHA Board of Appeal Annuls Four Decisions Requesting Substance Identity Information on a Nano Structured Substance

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
In cases A-008-2015, A-009-2015, A-010-2015, and A-011-2015, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Board of Appeal examined appeals against compliance check decisions made by ECHA requesting further substance identity information from four registrants of a “nano structured” substance.  As reported in our July 29, 2015, blog item, ECHA adopted the contested decisions on December 17, 2014,… Continue Reading

Germany Publishes Review of the Joint Research Strategy of the Higher Federal Authorities

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
Germany Publishes Review of the Joint Research Strategy of the Higher Federal Authorities   On September 19, 2016, the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) published a report entitled Review of the joint research strategy of the higher federal authorities — Nanomaterials and other advanced materials:  Application safety and environmental compatibility.  The report… Continue Reading

EC Requests Scientific Opinion on Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer (Nano) and Sodium Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer (Nano)

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The European Commission (EC) requested a scientific opinion from the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) on styrene/acrylates copolymer and sodium styrene/acrylates copolymer in nano forms.  Under the Cosmetics Regulation, any cosmetic product containing a nanomaterial must be notified to the EC six months prior to being placed on the market.  If the EC has… Continue Reading

Synopsis Available for 2016 U.S.-EU: Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts Joint Workshop

Posted in International, Research, United States
The synopsis is available for the June 6-7, 2016, U.S.-European Union (EU) Nano Environmental and Health Safety (NanoEHS) Research Efforts joint workshop.  According to the synopsis, the first day of the workshop was devoted to an interactive nanoEHS scrimmage in which the groups collectively responded to a spill of a hypothetical nanotechnology-enabled product.  U.S.-EU Communities… Continue Reading

Global Summit on Regulatory Science Will Focus on Nanotechnology Standards and Applications

Posted in Federal, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
The 2016 Global Summit on Regulatory Science (GSRS) will be held September 7-9, 2016, in Bethesda, Maryland.  Each GSRS meeting focuses on an area of regulatory science that would benefit from discussions aimed at identifying future research directions, and this GSRS meeting will focus on nanotechnology standards and applications, building on an October 11, 2015,… Continue Reading

EC Requests Scientific Opinion on Colloidal Silver (Nano)

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The European Commission (EC) has requested a scientific opinion from the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) on colloidal silver (nano). Under the Cosmetics Regulation, any cosmetic product containing a nanomaterial must be notified to the EC six months prior to being placed on the market.  If the EC has concerns about the safety of… Continue Reading

Review Published of Nanomaterials for Products and Application in Agriculture, Feed, and Food in the European Union

Posted in International, Research
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) requested a review of the already marketed and in-development applications of nanomaterials in the agri/feed/food sectors.  The results of the review are published in the August 2016 issue of Trends in Food Science & Technology in an article entitled “Nanomaterials for products and application in agriculture, feed and food.” … Continue Reading