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2017 SNO Conference Will Be Held November 5-7

Posted in Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
The Sixth Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization (SNO) Conference will be held November 5-7, 2017, in Los Angeles, California.  According to SNO, the Conference sessions represent a hybrid of topics on selected “systems” that contribute to sustainability and more traditional topics.  Sessions will be populated with talks on applications, effects and implications, analytical methods, and lifecycle aspects… Continue Reading

EPA Publishes SNUR for MWCNTs (Generic)

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research, United States
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published on October 19, 2017, a direct final rule promulgating significant new use rules (SNUR) for 29 chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMN).  The 29 chemical substances are subject to consent orders issued by EPA under Section 5(e) of the Toxic Substances Control Act.  The direct… Continue Reading

EU NanoSafety Cluster Will Hold Webinar on November 20

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The European Union (EU) NanoSafety Cluster will hold the first in a series of webinars on November 20, 2017.  The series will introduce the EU NanoSafety Cluster’s work and the key outcomes from its projects.  The first webinar will present the EU NanoSafety Cluster, what it does, and provide examples of its work.  Future webinars,… Continue Reading

EC Proposes to Amend REACH Annexes to Address Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On October 9, 2017, the European Commission (EC) began a public consultation on a draft regulation that would amend Annexes I, III, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, and XII of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation to address nanoforms of substances.  The draft regulation states that: Clarifications to requirements for… Continue Reading

JRC Publishes NANoREG Toolbox for the Safety Assessment of Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The European Commission (EC) Joint Research Center (JRC) has published the NANoREG Toolbox for the Safety Assessment of Nanomaterials.  As reported in our May 8, 2017, blog item, JRC previously 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… Continue Reading

EPA Promulgates Final SNUR for Bimodal Mixture Consisting of MWCNTs and Other Classes of CNTs

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On October 3, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated a final significant new use rule (SNUR) under Section 5(a)(2) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for the chemical substance identified generically as bimodal mixture consisting of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) and other classes of carbon nanotubes (CNT), which was the subject of… Continue Reading

NIA Will Hold Webinar on Safe by Design for Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
On October 24, 2017, the Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) will hold a webinar on Safe by Design for nanomaterials.  NIA states that the webinar is free and open to all actors interested in nanomaterials and their safe management throughout their lifecycle, using the principles of Safe by Design from the earliest development stages.  According to… Continue Reading

Switzerland Intends to Require Notification of Fibrous Nanomaterials Placed on the Market

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On September 29, 2017, Switzerland notified the European Commission (EC) of a draft amendment to the Ordinance on Protection against Dangerous Substances and Preparations.  The notification states that the Ordinance on Protection against Dangerous Substances and Preparations regulates the risk assessment of chemicals and the requirements to be fulfilled for using and placing on the… Continue Reading

ECHA Announces RAC Concludes on Opinion for Harmonized Classification and Labeling for Titanium Dioxide

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced on September 27, 2017, that the Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) concluded on ten opinions for harmonized classification and labeling (CLH), including titanium dioxide.  In May 2016, France submitted a CLH proposal for titanium dioxide, stating that titanium dioxide should be considered as being potentially carcinogenic to humans when… Continue Reading

OECD Tour de Table Highlights International Developments on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On September 27, 2017, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published a corrected version of the Developments in Delegations on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials — Tour De Table, which covers developments on the safety of manufactured nanomaterials that were provided by OECD delegations from March to August 2017.  It summarizes relevant information… Continue Reading

EPA Issues Direct Final SNURs for Carbon Nanotube (Generic) and Nanocarbon (Generic)

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated on September 21, 2017, significant new use rules (SNUR) for 37 chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMN).  Six of the chemical substances, including carbon nanotube (generic) and nanocarbon (generic), are subject to consent orders issued by EPA under Section 4 of the Toxic Substances… Continue Reading

EC Begins Consultation on Revising Recommendation on Definition of Nanomaterial

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On September 15, 2017, the European Commission (EC) began a public consultation on the revision of the 2011 EC Recommendation on the definition of nanomaterial.  The EC intended the definition to achieve consistent application of the term nanomaterial across all legislation.  The definition includes descriptors that the EC intended to review by December 2014 to… Continue Reading

TURI Publishes Nanomaterials Fact Sheet

Posted in Legal/Regulatory Issues, State, United States
In August 2017, the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI), a research, education, and policy center established by the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act of 1989, published a nanomaterials fact sheet.  The fact sheet is part of a series of chemical and material fact sheets developed by TURI that are intended to help Massachusetts companies, community… Continue Reading

RIVM Announces Model to Calculate Concentrations of Nanoparticles in the Environment

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
The Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) announced on September 6, 2017, that an RIVM researcher, Joris Meesters, modified SimpleBox, a distribution model for chemicals, to create SimpleBox4nano, a model to calculate concentrations of nanoparticles in water, soil, and air.  SimpleBox4nano includes new processes that specifically apply to nanoparticles, such as… Continue Reading

NIOSH Engineering Controls Program Protects Workers from Emerging Hazards

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On September 6, 2017, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a Program Performance One-Pager entitled NIOSH Engineering Controls Program.  The Program’s activities include providing engineering control recommendations to protect workers from emerging hazards in nanotechnology and advanced materials used in additive manufacturing/three-dimensional (3D) printing.  The Program is currently working to: Complete… Continue Reading

EC Environment DG Publishes Report on Assessing the Environmental Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
The European Commission (EC) Environment Directorate General (DG) published an August 2017 report entitled Assessing the environmental safety of manufactured nanomaterials.  The report “shows that, despite early fears, nano-sized particles are not inherently more toxic than larger particles; however, differences between them may be notable and new insights are still being provided by research.”  The… Continue Reading

ISO Publishes Standard Terms and Definitions for Cellulose Nanomaterial

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published standard ISO/TS 20477:2017, “Nanotechnologies — Standard terms and their definition for cellulose nanomaterial.”  The standard states that in industrial productions, cellulose nanomaterials can be manufactured by conversion of wood pulp through chemical, biological, or mechanical processes.  Due to their renewable nature and unique properties, cellulose nanomaterials have… Continue Reading

NGOs Call for France to Require Labeling and Restriction of Consumer Products

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
According to a July 12, 2017, press release, a coalition of non-governmental organizations (NGO) wrote to the French Prime Minister and several ministers to call for labeling and restriction of nanomaterials in consumer products.  The NGOs request that three measures be taken “as a matter of urgency”: Temporarily ban titanium dioxide particles present in E171… Continue Reading

EPA Publishes Final Guidance as Final TSCA Section 8(a) Rule Takes Effect

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
On August 14, 2017, as the final Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 8(a) information gathering rule on nanomaterials took effect, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published “working guidance” intended to assist stakeholders in complying with the rule.  The working guidance notes that it “will not provide answers to all of the potential questions… Continue Reading

ClientEarth Files Complaint with EU Ombudsman over EC Catalog of Nanomaterials Used in Cosmetic Products

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
ClientEarth announced on July 31, 2017, that it filed a complaint with the European Union (EU) Ombudsman about the European Commission’s (EC) “unlawful handling of a long-delayed list of nano-chemicals in cosmetics.”  As reported in our June 19, 2017, blog item, the EC published June 15, 2017, a catalog of nanomaterials used in cosmetic products… Continue Reading

EC Publishes NanoData Landscape Compilation Reports

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On June 8, 2017, the European Commission (EC) published eight NanoData Landscape Compilation reports.  The EC states that the reports offer a snapshot of the environment for nanotechnology in different application fields: NanoData Landscape Compilation: Health:  This report offers a snapshot of the status of the environment for nanotechnology in the context of health.  Analysis… Continue Reading

NIOSH Submits Proposed Survey to OMB, Will Accept Comments for 30 Days

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On July 17, 2017, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a Federal Register notice announcing it submitted a proposed information collection to the Office of Management and Budget for review and approval.  The proposed project is “Survey of Engineered Nanomaterial Occupational Safety and Health Practices.”  As reported in our February 14,… Continue Reading

EC Publishes Final Report of Nanocomput Project

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
In July 2017, the European Commission’s (EC) Joint Research Center (JRC) published a report entitled Evaluation of the availability and applicability of computational approaches in the safety assessment of nanomaterials:  Final report of the Nanocomput project.  The main aims of the Nanocomput Project were to review and assess the current status of computational methods that… Continue Reading

EPA Regulatory Agenda Item Revised to Remove, Then Add Back TBD Effective Date

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
Since July 20, 2017, when the Trump Administration published its Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, the entry for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) item (RIN 2070-AJ54) concerning the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 8(a) reporting rule for nanoscale materials has been revised at least twice.  As reported in our July 20,… Continue Reading