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EC Publishes Responses to Public Consultation on Transparency Measures for Nanomaterials on the Market

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The European Commission (EC) has posted responses received to its public consultation on transparency measures for nanomaterials on the market. The EC states that it received 202 responses — 100 respondents submitted the questionnaire for industry stakeholders, and 102 respondents submitted the questionnaire for other stakeholders.  Fourteen respondents requested that their contributions would not be published.… Continue Reading

NIOSH Scientist Appointed Convener of International Nanotechnology Working Group

Posted in International, United States
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced in its September 5, 2014, eNews that an international committee unanimously selected Dr. Vladimir Murashov, special assistant for nanotechnology to the NIOSH Director, “to lead an international working group on the health, safety, and environmental aspects of nanotechnologies.”  NIOSH states that the working group is… Continue Reading

Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority Will Hold Nanotechnology Regulation Symposium

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) will host a nanotechnology regulation symposium on October 28, 2014. APVMA states that it “has worked over many years to progressively develop a regulatory framework for nanoscale agvet chemicals and chemical products.” APVMA intends the symposium to provide industry and regulators with an opportunity for dialogue on the future… Continue Reading

European Industry Associations Call for Balanced Policy on Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
Fifteen European industry associations, including the Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) and the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC), have endorsed a brochure entitled “Europe needs safe and innovative nanotechnologies and nanomaterials.” According to the brochure, the associations “support the European Commission conclusion that the current European regulatory framework adequately covers nanomaterials, is science-based and proportionate.” The brochure highlights… Continue Reading

EC and SCENIHR Begin Public Consultation on Preliminary Opinion on Guidance on the Determination of Potential Health Effects of Nanomaterials Used in Medical Devices

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The European Commission (EC) and the Scientific Committee on Emerging Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) have begun a public consultation on the preliminary opinion concerning “Guidance on the Determination of Potential Health Effects of Nanomaterials Used in Medical Devices.” The aim of the opinion is to address the use of nanomaterials in medical devices and to… Continue Reading

EC Posts Meeting Materials from Validation Workshop on Transparency Measures for Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The European Commission (EC) has posted materials from its June 30, 2014, validation workshop to discuss the preliminary results of the study supporting the impact assessment on transparency measures for nanomaterials. The EC is conducting a study to evaluate existing notification systems for nanomaterials and to collect data in support of the assessment of different policy… Continue Reading

Canada Endorses OECD Recommendation on Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, OECD
The Summer 2014 issue of Canada’s Chemicals Management Plan Progress Report includes an item concerning nanomaterials. According to the article entitled “Canada Working on Nanomaterials at Home and Abroad,” Canada has endorsed a recommendation from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that its Member Countries apply existing regulatory frameworks to manage risks associated with… Continue Reading

EC Posts Draft Reports for Impact Assessment on Transparency Measures for Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On June 30, 2014, the European Commission (EC) held a validation workshop to discuss the preliminary results of the study supporting the impact assessment on transparency measures for nanomaterials. As part of the workshop, the EC released the following reports: Study to Assess the Impact of Possible Legislation to Increase Transparency on Nanomaterials on the Market: Evaluation… Continue Reading

Denmark Order on Nano Products Register Enters Into Force

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On June 18, 2014, Denmark’s order concerning a nano products register entered into force. The order imposes annual reporting requirements on manufacturers and importers concerning mixtures and products containing nanomaterials. The reporting requirements apply to mixtures and articles that are intended for sale to the general public and contain nanomaterials, where the nanomaterial itself is released under… Continue Reading

EC Committee Publishes Final Opinion on Nanosilver

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On June 13, 2014, the European Commission (EC) Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) published its final opinion on “Nanosilver:  safety, health and environmental effects and role in antimicrobial resistance.” SCENIHR states that the opinion is intended “to assess whether the use of nanosilver, in particular in medical care and in consumer… Continue Reading

ANSES Calls for a Stronger Regulatory Framework for Nanomaterials

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES) published on May 15, 2014, a review of the available literature on health and environmental issues relating to manufactured nanomaterials.  According to ANSES, the review “will help clarify scientific understanding and demonstrate the toxic effects of some nanomaterials on living organisms and the… Continue Reading

EC JRC Report Discusses Labeling and Reporting Schemes for Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On May 19, 2014, the European Commission (EC) Joint Research Center (JRC) announced the availability of a report discussing labeling and reporting schemes for nanomaterials in consumer products in the European Union (EU). The JRC notes that current EU legislation requires nanomaterials to be reported in the list of ingredients, with “nano” added in brackets after… Continue Reading

EC Begins Public Consultation on Transparency Measures for Nanomaterials on the Market

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
As part of the Communication on the Second Regulatory Review on Nanomaterials, the European Commission (EC) announced the launch of an impact assessment intended to identify and develop the most adequate means to increase transparency and ensure regulatory oversight on nanomaterials.  The EC has provided a working document, which contains a draft problem definition, policy… Continue Reading

IARC Advisory Group Recommends Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes as High Priority

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
An International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Advisory Group met on April 7-9, 2014, to recommend priorities for IARC Monographs during 2015-2019. The Advisory Group assessed the responses to a call for nominations and recommended a range of agents and exposures as high or medium priorities for assessment. According to the recommendations published in Lancet Oncology,… Continue Reading

ECHA Biocidal Products Committee Issues Opinion on HeiQ AGS-20

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Biocidal Products Committee (BPC) adopted an opinion on April 10, 2014, concerning HeiQ AGS-20 (AGS-20). The European Commission (EC) requested an opinion on the following questions: With regard to the biocidal product AGS-20, should silver or silver adsorbed on silicon dioxide be considered as the active substance? Would this active substance… Continue Reading

ECHA Planning Workshop on Regulatory Challenges in the Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) will hold a topical scientific workshop on October 23-24, 2014, on regulatory challenges in the risk assessment of nanomaterials.  The workshop will bring together experts in the field of risk assessment of nanomaterials to discuss and update scientific principles and guidelines for assessing human health and environmental risks of chemicals… Continue Reading

European NGOs Publish Position Paper on the Regulation of Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
Earlier this month, the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and its European partners published a position paper on the regulation of nanomaterials at a meeting of the European Union (EU) competent authorities. According to the position paper, current EU legislation “does not guarantee that all nanomaterials on the market are safe by being assessed separately… Continue Reading

ECHA Report Includes Recommendations for Exposure Assessment and Risk Characterization of Nanomaterials under REACH

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On March 26, 2014, SAFENANO announced that the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published a report entitled Human health and environmental exposure assessment and risk characterisation of nanomaterials: Best practice for REACH registrants. The report summarizes the outcomes of the third (and last) meeting of the Group Assessing Already Registered Nanomaterials (GAARN). The September 30, 2013, meeting focused on… Continue Reading

NanoDiode Survey Seeks European Citizens’ Views on Nanotechnologies

Posted in International
NanoDiode is conducting a survey concerning Europeans’ preferences for nanotechnologies. According to NanoDiode, the results will be used “to inspire policy makers, researchers and companies across Europe.” NanoDiode states that stakeholder engagement and dialogue is essential to the responsible development of nanotechnologies in Europe, and invites lay consumers to participate in the survey. NanoDiode, which is funded by… Continue Reading

EU NanoSafety Cluster Begins Database Survey

Posted in International
The European Union (EU) NanoSafety Cluster announced on March 18, 2014, the availability of an online nanosafety database survey. According to the EU Nanosafety Cluster, this is the first survey in a biannual effort to collect, organize, and share up-to-date information about nanosafety-related databases worldwide. The EU NanoSafety Cluster will continuously update the list of databases “with… Continue Reading

Germany Releases Study Assessing Impacts of European Register of Products Containing Nanomaterials

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
Earlier this month, the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) issued a report entitled Assessment of Impacts of a European Register of Products Containing Nanomaterials, which was intended to analyze the impacts of a European register of products containing nanomaterials (ENPR).  The study identified the sectors and companies that would be affected by an ENPR, and… Continue Reading

European Parliament Objects to European Commission’s Definition of Engineered Nanomaterials in Food

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The European Parliament (EP) passed a resolution on March 12, 2014, that objects to the European Commission’s (EC) proposed regulation that would define “engineered nanomaterials” in food. According to the EP’s press release, the EC’s proposed regulation “would grant a blanket exemption from food-labelling requirements for nano-additives already on the market.” The press release quotes EP Member… Continue Reading

EP Committee Rejects Regulation Concerning Definition of Engineered Nanomaterials in Food

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On February 12, 2014, the European Parliament (EP) Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety rejected a proposed regulation that would define “engineered nanomaterials” in food. According to the Committee, the definition could lead to existing nanomaterials not being labeled due to an exemption provided for food additives approved on a European Union (EU)… Continue Reading

EC Scientific Committee Calls for Information on Nano Silica

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The European Commission (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) has opened a call for information for a scientific opinion on the safety of silica (nano). The SCCS invites interested parties to submit any relevant information, such as identification of the type of cosmetic product using silica in nano-structured form and their concentration; protocols of applications;… Continue Reading