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EC JRC Announces Publication of Article on Measuring Nanoparticles in Medicinal Products

Posted in International, Research, United States
The European Commission’s (EC) Joint Research Center (JRC) announced on May 10, 2019, publication of an article entitled “Measuring particle size distribution of nanoparticle enabled medicinal products, the joint view of EUNCL and NCI-NCL.  A step by step approach combining orthogonal measurements with increasing complexity” in the April 10, 2019, issue of the Journal of… Continue Reading

NIA Webinar on Nanosafety Available on YouTube

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA), a “cross-sectoral, responsible voice for nanotechnology value chains and the global commercial eco-system,” hosts frequent webinars and then posts the webinars on its YouTube channel.  On May 7, 2019, NIA held a webinar on “Nano in Action:  Nanosafety.”  Participants heard about the latest research and support tools intended to advance… Continue Reading

Germany Announces Research Project to Establish Criteria for Assessment of the Human Health and Environmental Risks of Novel (Nano) Materials

Posted in EU Member State, International, Research
On April 29, 2019, the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) announced InnoMat.Life, a joint research project to establish criteria for an efficient assessment of the human health and environmental risks of novel (nano) materials.  The Federal Ministry of Education and Research is providing 2.22 million euro to fund the project, which will be… Continue Reading

OECD Chemical Safety and Biosafety Progress Report Includes Update on Work Regarding Manufactured Nanomaterials

Posted in International, OECD, Research
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) April 2019 issue of its Chemical Safety and Biosafety Progress Report includes an update on OECD’s work to determine the safety of manufactured nanomaterials.  The Report notes that the applicability of OECD Test Guidelines for nanomaterials continues to be a major concern of the work of the… Continue Reading

ISO Issues Method to Quantify Air Concentrations of Carbon Black and Amorphous Silica in the Nanoparticle Size Range in a Mixed Dust Manufacturing Environment

Posted in International, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published standard ISO/TS 21361:2019, “Nanotechnologies — Method to quantify air concentrations of carbon black and amorphous silica in the nanoparticle size range in a mixed dust manufacturing environment.”  The standard provides guidelines to quantify and identify particles of carbon black and/or amorphous silica in air samples collected in… Continue Reading

Recommendations on Priorities for IARC Monographs Include Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes, Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
An Advisory Group of 29 scientists from 18 countries met on March 25-27, 2019, to recommend priorities for the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Monographs program during 2020-2024.  The Advisory Group assessed the response to a public call for nominations and considered more than 170 unique candidate agents, including the recommended priorities remaining… Continue Reading

France Bans Titanium Dioxide Food Additive Beginning in 2020

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On April 17, 2019, the Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition issued a press release announcing that France will prohibit foods containing food additive E171 (titanium dioxide) from being placed on the market beginning January 1, 2020.  The press release cites the April 15, 2019, opinion from the Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation,… Continue Reading

Report Available from January 2019 Mexico-EU Workshop on Nanosafety

Posted in International, Research
On January 22-24, 2019, a Mexico-European Union (EU) workshop on nanosafety was held in Mexico.  The aim of the workshop was to establish a stronger connection between the Mexican and European research communities within the context of bringing scientific information to the risk assessment, risk management, and policy levels.  According to the workshop report, Mexico… Continue Reading

Presentations Available from EFSA Stakeholder Workshop on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) held a stakeholder workshop on April 1-2, 2019, on the implementation of its guidance on the risk assessment of applications of nanosciences and nanotechnologies in the food and feed chain.  As reported in our July 5, 2018, blog item, “EFSA Publishes New Guidance on Nanotechnologies in Food and Feed,”… Continue Reading

TechConnect World 2019 Will Include Panel on Applying the Best Health, Safety, and Environment Practices to Advanced Manufacturing

Posted in International, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
TechConnect World Innovation Conference and Expo will be held June 17-19, 2019.  It will include the third installment of a panel started three years ago, “Tools and Techniques:  Applying the Best Health, Safety, and Environment Practices to Advanced Manufacturing.”  The Symposium Co-Chairs include: Sally Tinkle, Senior Strategy and Policy Advisor, IDA/Science and Technology Policy Institute;… Continue Reading

ECHA PEG Reviewing Draft Appendix for Nanoforms Applicable to the Guidance on Registration and Substance Identification

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has posted the draft version of a guidance document, Appendix for nanoforms applicable to the Guidance on Registration and substance identification.  The draft guidance is being reviewed by a Partner Expert Group (PEG).  The draft Appendix has been developed to provide advice to registrants preparing registration dossiers that cover nanoforms. … Continue Reading

ISO Publishes Standard on Matrix of Properties and Measurement Techniques for Graphene and Related 2D Materials

Posted in International, Research
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published standard ISO/TR 19733:2019, “Nanotechnologies — Matrix of properties and measurement techniques for graphene and related two-dimensional (2D) materials.”  ISO states that since graphene was discovered in 2004, it has become one of the most attractive materials in application research and device industry due to its supreme material… Continue Reading

EC Committee Accepting Comment on Preliminary Opinion on Solubility of Synthetic Amorphous Silica

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
On March 15, 2019, the European Commission’s (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) published its preliminary opinion on the solubility of synthetic amorphous silica (SAS).  The EC asked whether the SCCS considers that SAS are soluble (100 milligram per liter (mg/L) or higher) or degradable/non-persistent in biological systems in light of the nanomaterial definition… Continue Reading

2019 NanoEHS CORs Workshop Will Be Held in October

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research, United States
The 2019 U.S.-European Union (EU) NanoEHS Communities of Research (COR) Workshop will take place October 15-16, 2019, at the Europole de l’Arbois in Aix en Provence, France.  The workshop is organized by the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) and the European Commission (EC).  The agenda for the October 2018 Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts Joint Workshop… Continue Reading

ISO Publishes Standard on Considerations for the Measurement of Nano-Objects and Their Aggregates and Agglomerates in Environmental Matrices

Posted in International, Research, United States
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published standard ISO/TR 21386, “Nanotechnologies — Considerations for the measurement of nano-objects and their aggregates and agglomerates (NOAA) in environmental matrices.”  The standard provides some considerations for the collection of environmental samples to be analyzed for manufactured NOAA, considerations to distinguish manufactured NOAA from background levels of naturally… Continue Reading

JRC Opens Calls for the Nanobiotechnology Laboratory

Posted in International, Research
The European Commission’s (EC) Joint Research Center (JRC) opens its scientific laboratories and facilities, including its Nanobiotechnology Laboratory, to people working in academia and research organizations, industry, and small and medium enterprises (SME).  JRC opened a call on February 1, 2019, for the Nanobiotechnology Laboratory for the following priority topics: Nanomaterial characterization, including their interactions… Continue Reading

ECHA Interview Focuses on Research on Safety of Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Research
The February 2019 issue of the European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA) Newsletter includes an interview with Eva Valsami-Jones, Professor of Environmental Nanoscience at the University of Birmingham and leader of the European Union (EU) NanoSafety Cluster Coordination Team, on research on the safety of nanomaterials.  The NanoSafety Cluster coordinates the funding of research projects at the… Continue Reading

EU NanoSafety Cluster Announces Its Support of the Malta Initiative

Posted in International, Research
On February 18, 2019, the European Union (EU) NanoSafety Cluster (NSC) announced that it is supporting the Malta Initiative by linking various projects with activities developed within the Malta Initiative.  According to NSC’s website, the Malta Initiative began in 2017, when Germany approached the EU Directorate-General (DG) for Research and Innovation to request political and… Continue Reading

Case Study Demonstrates Successful Application of ECHA’s Read-Across Guidance to Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
The February 2019 issue of Computational Toxicology includes an article entitled “Grouping of multi-walled carbon nanotubes to read-across genotoxicity:  A case study to evaluate the applicability of regulatory guidance.”  The article describes a case study, performed by scientists at the European Commission’s (EC) Joint Research Center (JRC), to explore and illustrate read-across of genotoxicity data… Continue Reading

JRC Publishes Overview of Concepts and Terms Used in the EC’s Definition of Nanomaterial

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The European Commission’s (EC) Joint Research Center (JRC) published on February 13, 2019, a report entitled An overview of concepts and terms used in the European Commission’s definition of nanomaterial.  The report supports the implementation of the EC’s Recommendation on a definition of nanomaterial (2011/696/EU).  It addresses the definition’s key concepts and terms and discusses… Continue Reading

ECHA Proposes to Restrict Intentionally Added Microplastics

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced on January 30, 2019, that it has submitted a restriction proposal for microplastic particles that are intentionally added to mixtures used by consumers or professionals.  According to ECHA, if adopted, the restriction could reduce the amount of microplastics released to the environment in the European Union (EU) “by about… Continue Reading

EFSA Will Hold Stakeholder Workshop on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will hold a stakeholder workshop on nanoscience and nanotechnology on April 1-2, 2019, in Parma, Italy.  As reported in our July 5, 2018, blog item, “EFSA Publishes New Guidance on Nanotechnologies in Food and Feed,” in July 2018, EFSA published new guidance on how to assess the safety of… Continue Reading

Stakeholders Have Opportunity to Provide Feedback on EUON

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The European Union (EU) Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON) provides information on nanomaterials to a wide audience on subjects including safety, innovation, and research.  It also covers the existing EU legislation on nanomaterials and the presence and uses of specific substances on the EU market.  EUON is currently conducting a survey to allow stakeholders to express… Continue Reading

ACGIH® TLV®-CS Committee Seeks Information on Carbon Nanotubes

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH®) Threshold Limit Values for Chemical Substances (TLV®-CS) Committee has included carbon nanotubes on its 2019 list of chemical substances and other issues under study.  Being placed on the under study list indicates that the TLV®-CS Committee has selected carbon nanotubes for development of a threshold limit value… Continue Reading