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Germany Publishes Study on Health Effects of Ultrafine Particles

Posted in EU Member State, International, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research
The German Environment Agency (UBA) in October 2018 published a study entitled Health Effects of Ultrafine Particles:  Systematic literature search and the potential transferability of the results to the German setting.  The study notes that ultrafine particles represent the smallest size fractions of particles with sizes from one to about 100 nanometers in aerodynamic diameter. … Continue Reading

Germany Publishes Comparison of Inhalation and Intratracheal Instillation as Testing Methods for Characterization of Granular Biopersistent Particles

Posted in EU Member State, International, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research
Germany’s Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) has published a report entitled Comparison of Inhalation and Intratracheal Instillation as Testing Methods for Characterisation of Granular Biopersistent Particles (GBP).  In Project F 2364, researchers conducted an in vivo validation study to evaluate the consistency of data with results obtained in the preceding intratracheal instillation… Continue Reading

Austrian Academy of Sciences Publishes English Version of Dossier on Nanotechnological Applications for Food Contact Materials

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
In July 2018, the Institute of Technology Assessment of the Austrian Academy of Sciences published an English version of Dossier No. 49, “Nanotechnological Applications for Food Contact Materials.”  The Dossier concludes that nanomaterials can significantly improve the properties of plastic materials, making nanocomposites “increasingly interesting for manufacturers, especially for food packaging.”  Nanomaterials used in food… Continue Reading

German Environment Agency Publishes Fact Sheet on Use of Nanomaterials in Plastic Packaging

Posted in EU Member State, International
The German Environment Agency (UBA) has published an August 2018 fact sheet, in German, regarding the use of nanomaterials in plastic packaging.  The fact sheet addresses nanomaterials that promise new, technical, or improved packaging properties.  According to UBA, the nanomaterials used for labeling and surface coating of packaging are partly the same as those used… Continue Reading

EUON Reports on Nordic Information Campaign on REACH-Relevant Regulation for Nanomaterials

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On May 23, 2018, the European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON) published an article entitled “Nordic information campaign on REACH-relevant regulation for nanomaterials.”  According to EUON, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark are coordinating an information campaign through the N-Nano project group of the Nordic Chemical Working Group of the Nordic Council of Ministers.  The goal… Continue Reading

ECHA Interviews KEMI Regarding Nano Reporting Requirement

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The May 2018 ECHA Newsletter includes an interview with Robert Johansson, Head of the Swedish Chemicals Agency’s (KEMI) Chemical Statistics and Registries Unit.  As reported in our December 7, 2017, blog item, KEMI has established a mandatory reporting scheme to obtain information on the quantities and types of nanomaterials used in Sweden, with the first… Continue Reading

Report Available on March 2018 EUON Stakeholder Dialogue Meeting

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
The European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON) has posted the workshop report from the March 9, 2018, Stakeholder Dialogue meeting.  According to the report, the annual meeting focused on providing an update on EUON and allowing stakeholders an opportunity to share their views on expectations on the future development of EUON.  During his welcome address,… Continue Reading

Belgium Finds Quality of Nanoregistrations Can Be Improved

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The Belgian Federal Public Service for Public Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment has published the first annual report for nano substances registered for placement on the market in 2016.  Although the report is available only in French and Dutch at this time, each contains an executive summary in English.  Of the 475 registrations submitted,… Continue Reading

Belgium Modifies Royal Decree Regarding the Placement on the Market of Substances Manufactured at the Nanoscale, Requires Registration of Mixtures

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Belgium published in the January 15, 2018, Official Gazette an amendment to the Royal Decree regarding the placement on the market of substances manufactured at the nanoscale.  Under the amendment, cosmetic products as defined by the July 2012 Belgian Royal Decree on cosmetic products are exempt from registration, and provisions regarding the registration of mixtures… Continue Reading

Germany Publishes Report on Scientific Stakeholder Meeting on Nanomaterials in the Environment

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The German Environment Agency (UBA) has published a report summarizing the contents and outcomes of the October 2017 scientific stakeholder meeting on nanomaterials in the environment.  The meeting focused on the relevant regulatory results of recent German and European research projects on nanomaterials in the environment.  The stakeholder meeting provided a forum for participants to… Continue Reading

INRS 2016/2017 Brochure Includes Studies in Progress Concerning Manufactured Nanomaterials

Posted in EU Member State, International, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
On November 23, 2017, the French National Research and Safety Institute for the Prevention of Occupational Accidents and Diseases (INRS) published a report summarizing studies and research completed in 2016 and in progress in 2017.  According to the report, INRS action on manufactured nanomaterials has three objectives:  (1) making knowledge on hazards available to the… Continue Reading

Sweden Announces Product Registration Requirement for Nanomaterials

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On December 5, 2017, the Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI) announced that it has amended the information requirements for the products register to require notifiers to provide information on nanomaterials contained in chemical products.  The announcement, available in Swedish, states that the requirement will enter into force on January 1, 2018, and the first reports will… Continue Reading

Germany Publishes Report on Relationship of Nanomaterial’s Physical-Chemical Properties and Aquatic Toxicity for the Purpose of Grouping

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
Germany’s Federal Environment Agency (UBA) published a November 2017 report entitled Considerations about the relationship of nanomaterial’s physical-chemical properties and aquatic toxicity for the purpose of grouping.  The report notes that, based on the variety of existing nanomaterials with numerous modifications, “the effort of investigating environmental fate and effects will be tremendous.”  As a result,… Continue Reading

Germany Holds Expert Dialogue on Nanotechnologies in the Automotive Sector

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On September 26-27, 2017, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) held an Expert Dialogue regarding the opportunities and risks of the application of nanotechnologies in the automotive sector.  The Expert Dialogue provided an overview of current and future applications of nanomaterials in automobiles.  A number of the presentations… Continue Reading

BfR Publishes Q&A Regarding Study on Fate and Effects of Tattoo Pigments in Human Skin

Posted in EU Member State, International, Research
On October 12, 2017, the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) published questions and answers (Q&A) regarding a study on whether nanometric pigments from tattoo inks can permanently accumulate in lymph nodes.  BfR states that by using X-rays from a particle accelerator in Grenoble, it discovered where the pigments accumulate in the tissue.  According… Continue Reading

EC Publishes Catalog of Nanomaterials Used in Cosmetic Products Placed on the EU Market

Posted in EU Member State, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On June 15, 2017, the European Commission (EC) published a catalog of nanomaterials used in cosmetic products on the European Union (EU) market.  Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009 on cosmetic products requires the EC to publish a catalog of all nanomaterials used in cosmetics placed on the market, indicating the categories of products and the reasonably… Continue Reading

Sweden to Require Information on Nanomaterials in Product Register Notifications

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On June 7, 2017, Sweden notified the European Commission (EC) that it intends to amend the information requirements concerning the Swedish Chemicals Agency’s (KEMI) product register to require notifiers to provide information on nanomaterials contained in the product.  Under the draft regulation, the requirement will apply to nanomaterials that have been intentionally added to the… Continue Reading

KEMI Consulting on Draft Nano Register Regulation

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The Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI) is in the process of consulting with stakeholders on a draft regulation that would require companies to provide information on nanomaterials in chemical products to the Swedish products register by February 28, 2019.  According to KEMI, the proposal is the same as presented in its 2015 report.  Although the report… 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

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

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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

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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

Germany Publishes Report on Nanomaterials in the Environment

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On June 1, 2016, the German Environment Agency (UBA) published a report entitled Nanomaterials in the environment:  Current state of knowledge and regulations on chemical safety.  The aim of the report is to outline the necessary further development of chemicals regulations for nanomaterials with regard to the environment from UBA’s perspective.  The report is addressed… Continue Reading

French Ministry Publishes Report on Nanomaterial Registrations Received in 2015

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The Ministry for the Environment, Energy, and the Sea has posted a report, available only in French, entitled Éléments issus des déclarations des substances à l’état nanoparticulaire:  Rapport d’etude 2015.  The report analyzes nanomaterial registrations received in 2015 for reporting year 2014.  Under Decree No. 2012-232, companies that manufacture, import, and/or distribute a “substance with… Continue Reading