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EC Adopts Recommendation on Definition of Nanomaterial

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Other
The European Commission (EC) adopted on October 18, 2011, a Recommendation on the definition of a nanomaterial. The Recommendation “invites” member states, European Union agencies, and economic operators to use the following definition of nanomaterial “in the adoption and implementation of legislation and policy and research programmes concerning products of nanotechnologies”: 2.         “Nanomaterial” means a natural,… Continue Reading

REACH Conference Participants Discuss Nanomaterials

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
During the September 23, 2011, Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) conference organized by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and European Commission (EC), Astrid Schomaker, Directorate-General (DG) Environment, stated that the EC has been working on a definition of nanomaterials, and that it “should be coming after the summer.” The EC previously stated in… Continue Reading

UK FSA Publishes Report of Consumers’ Views on Nano in Food and Food Packaging

Posted in EU Member State, International
On April 21, 2011, the United Kingdom’s (UK) Food Standards Agency (FSA) published a report of consumers’ views on the use of nanotechnology in food and food packaging. FSA convened a focus group in late 2010 and early 2011, and asked participants about their views on nanotechnology. According to FSA, the main findings are that: Participants’ reactions… Continue Reading

BfR Cautions Against Broad Use of Nanosilver in Consumer Products

Posted in EU Member State, Federal, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On April 12, 2011, the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) issued a statement entitled “Safety of Nano Silver in Consumer Products: Many Questions Remain Open,” which reports BfR’s conclusions from a February 2011 workshop discussing existing risks and possible options for comprehensive consumer protection from nanosilver. According to BfR, “the situation continues to be characterised… Continue Reading

EPA Announces Nanotechnology Research Awards

Posted in EU Member State, Federal, International, Research, United States
On February 17, 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it awarded $5.5 million to three consortia to support innovative research on nanotechnology. EPA states that, in collaboration with the United Kingdom’s (UK) Natural Environment Research Council, it is leading this scientific research effort to understand better the potential risks to people’s health and… Continue Reading

EU-OSHA Announces Control Banding Tool for Nanomaterials

Posted in EU Member State, International, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
On January 25, 2011, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) announced that French Agency for Environmental and Occupational Health Safety (ANSES) experts have developed a control banding tool specific to nanomaterials that can potentially be used in any work environment in which nanomaterials are manufactured or used. With control banding, new products… Continue Reading

EP Approves RoHS Recast

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On November 24, 2010, the European Parliament (EP) overwhelmingly approved the proposed recast of the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive, which restricts the use of certain hazardous substances in electronic and electrical equipment (EEE). The EP passed by a vote of 640 to 3, with 12 abstentions, legislation that would extend the Directive to most… 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

Germany’s BfR Recommends Manufacturers Not Use Nanoscale Silver Ions in Consumer Products

Posted in EU Member State, Federal, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On June 10, 2010, the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) issued a press release entitled “Nanosilver has no place in food, textiles or cosmetics,” which states “BfR currently advises against using nanoscale silver ions in consumer products.” According to BfR, manufacturers of consumer products “have made use of the antimicrobial properties of silver ions for… Continue Reading

UK Publishes Nanotechnology Strategy

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On March 18, 2010, the United Kingdom (UK) Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) announced publication of UK Nanotechnologies Strategy: Small Technologies, Great Opportunities, which sets out how the government intends to take action to ensure that everyone safely benefits from the societal and economic opportunities that these technologies offer, while addressing the challenges that… Continue Reading

House of Lords Committee Releases Report on Nanotechnologies and Food

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On January 8, 2010, the United Kingdom (UK) House of Lords Science and Technology Committee announced the availability of its report entitled Nanotechnologies and Food, which criticizes the food industry for failing to be transparent about its research into the uses of nanotechnologies and nanomaterials. In its report, the Committee urges the Government and Research Councils… Continue Reading

UK Will Develop Strategy for Nanotechnologies

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On June 2, 2009, the United Kingdom (UK) released its response to the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (RCEP) Report entitled Novel Materials in the Environment: The Case of Nanotechnology. The RCEP looked at the properties of nanomaterials and the potential pathways by which they could enter and present potential hazards to the environment and people. The UK… Continue Reading

HSE Publishes Information Sheet Regarding the Risk Management of CNTs

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
On March 6, 2009, the United Kingdom (UK) Health and Safety Executive (HSE) published an information sheet on the risk management of carbon nanotubes (CNT). According to HSE, the information sheet “is specifically about the manufacture and manipulation of carbon nanotubes and has been prepared in response to emerging evidence about the toxicology of these materials. However,… Continue Reading

UK RCEP Releases Latest Report on Nanotechnology

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On November 12, 2008, the United Kingdom (UK) Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (RCEP) published a report entitled Novel Materials in the Environment: The Case of Nanotechnology, which examines issues related to innovation in the materials sector and the challenges and benefits arising from the introduction of nanomaterials. According to RCEP, there is an “urgent need for… Continue Reading

EFSA Consults on Draft Opinion on Nanotechnologies and Food and Feed Safety

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On October 17, 2008, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) began a public consultation on its draft scientific opinion in relation to nanoscience and nanotechnologies and food and feed safety.  EFSA’s draft opinion focuses on engineered nano materials (ENM) that could be deliberately introduced into the food chain and elaborates on approaches to risk assessment. EFSA… Continue Reading

EC Removes REACH Exemptions Because of Nano Concerns

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On October 8, 2008, the European Commission (EC) published a regulation amending the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Annex IV to remove carbon and graphite. Although the substances were originally listed in Annex IV, meaning they were exempt from REACH requirements because they were considered to be of minimum risk because of their… Continue Reading

EC Requests Voluntary Submission of Data on Nanoparticles in Cosmetics

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On September 10, 2008, the European Commission (EC) requested companies to submit data “with regard to all substances used at nano-scale and the final [cosmetic] products in which they are used.” Citing the December 18, 2007, opinion of the Scientific Committee on Consumer Products concerning the safety of nanomaterials in cosmetic products and the June 22,… Continue Reading

European Commission Begins Public Dialogue on Nanotechnologies

Posted in EU Member State, International, OECD
On June 17, 2008, the European Commission (EC) issued a press release entitled “Commission starts public dialogue on nanotechnologies — tapping economic and environmental potential through safe products.” According to the EC, while current European Union (EU) legislation “covers in principle” the environment, health, and safety issues concerning nanomaterials, “there is further need for research and… Continue Reading

DEFRA Posts Sixth Quarterly Report on the Voluntary Reporting Scheme

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On May 19, 2008, the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) posted its sixth quarterly report on the Voluntary Reporting Scheme (VRS) for engineered nanoscale materials. According to the report, DEFRA received no new submissions this quarter, and to date has received only nine submissions since the VRS’s launch in September 2006:  seven from… Continue Reading

German Chemical Industry Association Releases Nanomaterials Product Stewardship Document

Posted in Environmental Issues, EU Member State, Federal, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
On March 11, 2008, the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI) released a report entitled Responsible Production and Use of Nanomaterials, which is a series of documents intended to provide guidance on all aspects of a good product stewardship on nanomaterials. The documents include joint papers prepared by VCI and the German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety… Continue Reading

DEFRA Releases Updated VRS Guidance

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On March 12, 2008, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) released a supplementary guidance document for the Voluntary Reporting Scheme (VRS). DEFRA prepared the supplementary guidance document to complement the existing VRS guidance. Chapter 2 describes the rationale and benefits of the VRS. Chapter 3 provides a specific list of the relevant physical, chemical, toxicological,… Continue Reading

EC Will Hold Workshop on Research on the Safety of Nanomaterials

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On April 17-18, 2008, the European Commission (EC) will hold a workshop on research on the safety of nanomaterials. The main objectives of the workshop are: To increase interactions between researchers to enhance networking, sharing of outcomes of the research projects, and boosting synergies between research groups across Europe and abroad; To improve communication of the… Continue Reading

SCCP Releases Opinion on Safety of Nanomaterials in Cosmetic Products

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The European Commission’s (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Products (SCCP) released on March 3, 2008, a document entitled Opinion on Safety of Nanomaterials in Cosmetic Products (Opinion). In its Opinion, the SCCP divides nanoparticles into two groups: 1) soluble and/or biodegradable nanoparticles; and 2) insoluble particles. The SCCP states that, for the soluble and/or biodegradable group, “conventional risk… Continue Reading