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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

Two Workshops Will Be Held Before October 2016 OpenTox Euro Conference

Posted in International, Research
Two workshops, a European Union (EU)-U.S. Nano Environmental and Health Safety (NanoEHS) workshop and a nano modeling workshop, will be held in advance of the October 2016 OpenTox Euro Conference.  The EU-U.S. NanoEHS workshop, “Enabling a Sustainable Harmonized Knowledge Infrastructure Supporting NanoEHS Assessment,” will be held October 24, 2016.  The objective of the workshop is… Continue Reading

CEN Committee Seeks Responses to Survey on Disposal Practices for Manufactured Nano-Objects in Waste

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
Under European Commission (EC) funding, the European Committee for Standardization Technical Committee (CEN/TC) 352 — Nanotechnologies is developing guidelines relating to the safe waste management and disposal of deliberately manufactured nano-objects. The TC seeks responses from companies manufacturing or processing manufactured nano-objects by September 5, 2016, to an online questionnaire relating to current disposal practices… Continue Reading

Canada Begins Consultation on Proposed Prioritization Approach for Nanoscale Forms of DSL Substances

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On July 27, 2016, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and Health Canada (HC) began a consultation on a proposed prioritization approach for nanoscale forms of substances on the Domestic Substances List (DSL).  Canada will use the proposed approach to:  (1) establish a list of existing nanomaterials in Canada for prioritization; (2) identify how the… Continue Reading

Canadian Parliament Holds First Reading of Bill to Create Framework to Regulate Nanotechnology

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On June 8, 2016, the House of Commons held its first reading of an Act to amend the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA) (nanotechnology) (C-287).  The bill would add Part 6.1 to CEPA primarily to implement procedures for the investigation and assessment of nanomaterials.  Member Peter Julian, New Democratic Party of Canada (NDP) House… Continue Reading

EC Amends Cosmetics Regulation to Allow Use of Titanium Dioxide (Nano) as UV Filter

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The European Commission (EC) published on July 14, 2016, a regulation in the Official Journal of the European Union that amends Annex VI, the list of ultraviolet (UV) filters allowed in cosmetic products, of the cosmetics regulation.  Under the amendment, the entry for titanium dioxide is revised to state that the combined use of titanium… Continue Reading

OECD Publishes Dossier Summaries for CNTs, Fullerenes, and Silicon Dioxide

Posted in OECD, Research
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently published several dossier summaries for nanomaterials tested as part of its Testing Program of Manufactured Nanomaterials.  Under the Program, sponsors tested 11 nanomaterials for:  nanomaterial information/identification; physical-chemical properties and material characterization; environmental fate; toxicological and eco-toxicological effects; environmental toxicology; mammalian toxicology; and material safety.  The new… Continue Reading

NanoSafety Cluster Publishes 2016 Edition of Compendium of Projects

Posted in International, Research
On July 11, 2016, the NanoSafety Cluster (NSC) published the 2016 edition of the Compendium of Projects in the European NanoSafety Cluster.  According to NSC, the focus of investment and research “has moved increasingly towards predictive and high throughput approaches to nanosafety, including safety-by-design, bioinformatics, as well as the utilisation of nano-characterisation and safety datasets… Continue Reading

EC Denies 2014 Petition Seeking EU-Wide Ban on Nanoparticles

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On June 29, 2016, the European Commission (EC) provided a notice to the European Parliament regarding its response to a 2014 petition calling for a European Union (EU)-wide ban on microplastics and nanoparticles.  The petition summary states:  “Nanoparticles are so small that they penetrate cells effortlessly and can damage them, causing cancer.  Because the precautionary… Continue Reading

EFSA Priority Topics for Guidance Development Include Nanotechnologies

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On June 20, 2016, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published a scientific opinion entitled “Priority topics for the development of risk assessment guidance by EFSA’s Scientific Committee in 2016-2018.”  EFSA asked its Scientific Committee to review its cross-cutting guidance for scientific assessments to identify gaps requiring either new or revised guidance.  The Scientific Committee… Continue Reading

nanoIndEx Publishes Guidance Document on Assessment of Personal Exposure to Airborne Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
In June 2016, the “Assessment of Individual Exposure to manufactured nanomaterials by means of personal monitors and samples” (nanoIndEx) project published a guidance document entitled Assessment of Personal Exposure to Airborne Nanomaterials.  The three-year project was funded under the Safe Implementation of Innovative Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (SIINN) European Research Area Network (ERA-NET).  Its aim was… Continue Reading

FSANZ Publishes Reports on the Use of Nanotechnology in Food Additives and Packaging

Posted in International, Research
In June 2016, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) announced the availability of two reports on the potential use of nanotechnologies in existing food additives and food packaging.  FSANZ retained an expert toxicologist to review publicly available scientific literature on whether there is reasonable evidence of health risks associated with oral ingestion of titanium dioxide,… Continue Reading

Presentations Available from International Symposium on Asbestos-Like Fibers from Nanomaterials and Other Advanced Materials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
On June 14, 2016, Germany’s Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) posted the presentations from the April 20, 2016, symposium, “WHO fibres from nanomaterials and other advanced materials:  Do we have to tackle a new asbestos problem in OSH?”  The goal was to initiate a transdisciplinary debate among representatives from academia, regulatory agencies,… Continue Reading