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Tag Archives: EC

JRC-IHCP Argues for Definition of Engineered Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research, United States
The August 25, 2011, issue of Nature includes a letter from Hermann Stamm, European Commission (EC) Joint Research Centre (JRC), Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP). In response to Andrew Maynard’s article entitled “Don’t define nanomaterials,” in the July 7, 2011, issue of Nature, Stamm argues that a definition of engineered nanomaterials for regulatory purposes… Continue Reading

EU Project Tackles Engineered Nanomaterials Risk

Posted in International, Research
The European Commission (EC) announced on July 13, 2011, that European Union (EU)-funded scientists have developed risk assessment criteria for engineered nanomaterials “that will help support experts in making innovation and policy decisions.” According to the EC, findings reveal that product design can affect the unintentional release of engineered nanomaterials. The scientists suggest that the risk assessment… Continue Reading

Netherlands Delegation Notes Risks Associated with Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The Netherlands delegation submitted a paper entitled “Risks associated with nanomaterials” for discussion during the June 21, 2011, meeting of the Environment Council of the European Union (EU).  The paper states that, under current EU legislation and the precautionary principle, “industry bears primary responsibility for the safety of its products for workers and consumers.” The current… Continue Reading

ECHA Preparing Nano Inventory from REACH and CLP Submissions

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is compiling an inventory of nanomaterials included in the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) registration dossiers and Classification, Labeling, and Packaging (CLP) notifications for the European Commission (EC), and intends to deliver the inventory by the end of June 2011. The EC requested the inventory in response to… Continue Reading

EFSA Publishes Guidance for Assessing Engineered Nanomaterial Applications in Food and Feed

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
On May 10, 2011, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published a guidance document for the risk assessment of engineered nanomaterial (ENM) applications in food and feed. According to EFSA, the guidance “is the first of its kind to give practical guidance for addressing potential risks arising from applications of nanoscience and nanotechnologies in the food… Continue Reading

EU Ecolabeled Products Could Include Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On February 11, 2011, the European Union (EU) Regulatory Committee voted to adopt revised environmental criteria for hand dishwashing detergents and all-purpose cleaners and cleaners for sanitary facilities. The Committee supported a European Commission (EC) proposal not to exclude nanomaterials from products awarded the voluntary EU ecolabel, despite concerns from members states, including Austria, Germany, France,… Continue Reading

EPA, EC, and OECD Officials Publish Article in Nature Nanotechnology

Posted in Federal, International, OECD, United States
Nature Nanotechnology has posted a pre-publication version of an article entitled “Science Policy Considerations for Responsible Nanotechnology Decisions,” which is authored by regulatory officials of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), European Commission (EC), and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The authors offer their perspectives on possible approaches to maximizing the environmental benefits… Continue Reading

EC Committee Approves Opinion on Scientific Basis for the Definition of Nanomaterial

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On December 8, 2010, the European Commission (EC) Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) approved its opinion on the scientific basis for the definition of the term “nanomaterial.” The opinion concludes that: Whereas physical and chemical properties of materials may change with size, there is no scientific justification for a single upper… 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

Belgium Calls for REACH Register to Ensure Traceability of Nanomaterials

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
During a September 14, 2010, conference on nanomaterials management, Paul Magnette, the Belgian Minister for Energy, Environment, Sustainable Development, and Consumer Protection, proposed to create a specific register for nanomaterials under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical Substances (REACH) program and to implement mandatory labeling for nanomaterials used in consumer products. According to Magnette,… Continue Reading

EC Opens Public Consultation on Scientific Basis for a Definition of Nanomaterial

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On July 12, 2010, the European Commission (EC) opened a public consultation on the pre-consultation opinion of the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) entitled “Scientific Basis for the Definition of the Term ‘Nanomaterial.’” The EC states that its services need a working definition for the term “nanomaterial” to ensure the consistency… 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

EU and China Sign MOU Concerning Nanotechnology Risk Assessment

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
On June 6, 2010, the European Commission (EC) Joint Research Center Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (JRC-IHCP) and the Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the European Union (EU)-China Food Safety Scientific Seminar held at the Shanghai World Expo.  According to JRC-IHCP, “[b]oth institutions provide technical support… 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

EP Committee Votes to Require Risk Assessments and Labeling for Food Products Containing Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On May 4, 2010, the European Parliament (EP) Committee on the Environment, Public Health, and Food Safety voted on draft legislation regarding “novel foods,” which are defined as those that have not been consumed to a significant degree in the European Union (EU) before May 1997. Under the legislation, foods produced by nanotechnology processes would be… Continue Reading

EC Requests Accelerated SCENIHR Scientific Opinion on the Scientific Basis for the Definition of the Term “Nanomaterial”

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On March 1, 2010, the European Commission (EC) issued a request, via the accelerated procedure, for a scientific opinion on the scientific basis for the definition of the term “nanomaterial” from the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR). According to the EC, its services “urgently need to elaborate a working definition of… Continue Reading

EC Opens Public Consultation on the Nanotech Research Code of Conduct

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On November 11, 2009, the European Commission (EC) began a public consultation to receive input from all people and organizations involved or interested in nanosciences and nanotechnologies research in Europe, including researchers, policy makers, industry, media, and civil society organizations. The EC adopted on February 7, 2008, a Recommendation for a Code of Conduct for Responsible… Continue Reading

EC Adopts 2007-2009 Nanotechnology Implementation Report

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research
On October 29, 2009, the European Commission (EC) adopted a Communication entitled Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies: An Action Plan for Europe 2005-2009. Second Implementation Report 2007-2009. The Communication outlines the key developments during 2007-2009 in each policy area of the Nanotechnology Action Plan 2005-2009, identifies current challenges, and draws conclusions relevant to the future European nanotechnology policy. According to the… Continue Reading

EC Will Review Legislation to Ensure Safety of Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
In an October 9, 2009, speech at the stakeholder conference concerning nanomaterials on the market, Stavros Dimas, European Commissioner for the Environment, stated that the European Commission (EC) “will review all relevant legislation within two years to ensure safety for all applications of nanomaterials in products with potential health, environmental, or safety impacts over their… Continue Reading

EU Examining How REACH Applies to Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On May 28, 2009, during the Helsinki Chemicals Forum organized by the European Commission (EC) and European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), governmental spokespersons said that the way the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) program applies to nanoscale substances is being reconsidered. ECHA Executive Director Geert Dancet stated that specific regulation of nanomaterials could be… Continue Reading

EC Begins Public Consultation to Prepare for Scientific Hearing on Nanotechnology

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The European Commission (EC) will hold a scientific hearing on nanotechnology on September 10, 2009. The hearing will focus on the scientific aspects of the issues covered in the nanotechnology opinions issued by the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) and the Scientific Committee on Consumer Products (SCCP) (which is now replaced… Continue Reading

European Parliament Urges the Labeling of Nanomaterials in Consumer Products

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
In an April 24, 2009, press release, the European Parliament (EP) calls for the provision of information to consumers on the use of nanomaterials in consumer products. According to the EP, all ingredients present in the form of nanomaterials in substances, mixtures, or articles should be clearly indicated in the product labeling. The press release also specifically… Continue Reading

EP Committee Report Calls for “No Data, No Market” for Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On March 31, 2009, the European Parliament (EP) Committee on Environment, Public Health, and Food Safety amended and adopted a report on the regulatory aspects of nanomaterials. The January 2009 draft report was prepared by Swedish Green EP Member Carl Schlyter and urges tighter controls on nanotechnology. The report calls on the European Commission (EC)… Continue Reading

EP Approves Updated EU Legislation on Cosmetics That Addresses Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On March 24, 2009, the European Parliament (EP) approved an update of European Union (EU) legislation on cosmetics. The new regulation is intended to remove legal uncertainties and inconsistencies, while increasing the safety of cosmetics. The regulation would replace 27 different regulations. The new regulation addresses nanomaterials used as cosmetics ingredients. As requested by the… Continue Reading