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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

EC Announces Increases in Industrial Research in Nanoelectronics

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On February 22, 2008, the European Commission (EC) announced the European Nanoelectronics Initiative Advisory Council (ENIAC) Joint Technology Initiative (JTI), which is endorsed by the Council of Ministers and by the European Parliament. Over the next ten years, € 3 billion will be invested in nanoelectronics.  The ENIAC JIT is a public-private partnership that targets nanoelectronics.… Continue Reading

EC Asks for Scientific Opinion on Risk Assessment of Products of Nanotechnologies

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The European Commission (EC) asked its Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) for a scientific opinion on the risk assessment of products of nanotechnologies. The request asks SCENIHR to identify and assess new information and update its opinions on the potential risks of products of nanotechnologies, “in particular, with respect to characterisation,… Continue Reading

European Commission Adopts Code of Conduct for Responsible Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies Research

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On February 8, 2008, the European Commission (EC) announced the adoption of a code of conduct for responsible nanosciences and nanotechnologies (N&N) research. The EC recommends that member states adopt codes of conduct to govern N&N research.  The EC code of conduct is based on seven general principles that address issues such as sustainability, precaution, inclusiveness,… Continue Reading

EFSA Calls for Data on Applications of Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials Used in Food and Feed

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On January 23, 2008, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a notice entitled “Call for Scientific Data on Applications of Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials used in Food and Feed.” According to the notice, EFSA is seeking data that could be useful as it prepares an initial scientific opinion for the European Commission (EC) regarding the risks… Continue Reading

EC Provides Overview of Past and Ongoing R&D

Posted in EU Member State, International, Research
In a January 28, 2008, report entitled EU Nanotechnology R&D in the Field of Health and Environmental Impact of Nanoparticles, the European Commission (EC) provides an overview of past and ongoing research projects funded by the Framework Programmes (FP), EU member states, candidate countries, and countries associated to FP6 or FP7 in the area of… Continue Reading

Danish Report Finds Nanotechnology Covered by Existing Legislation

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, OECD
According to a report recently released by the Danish Ministry of Health and Prevention, nanotechnology research, development, and applications are covered by existing legislation. The report, which includes an English summary, reviews existing national and international legislation in the areas of foods, medicines, the environment, chemicals, and the working environment in relation to current knowledge of… Continue Reading

DEFRA Posts Fifth Quarterly Report on the Voluntary Reporting Scheme

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
According to the December 22, 2007, fifth quarterly report for the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs’ (DEFRA) Voluntary Reporting Scheme (VRS) for engineered nanoscale materials, DEFRA received no new submissions since publication of the previous quarterly report in September 2007. DEFRA is in the process of updating the VRS documentation to clarify the purpose… Continue Reading

Lloyd’s Releases Report Examining Risks And Opportunities

Posted in Environmental Issues, EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, OECD
On 3 January 2008, Lloyd’s released a report entitled Nanotechnology: Recent Developments, Risks and Opportunities, which examines the potential risks and opportunities in the emerging field of nanotechnology. Lloyd’s states that nanotechnology “promises to improve many industries including medicine, food technology, textiles, materials, cosmetics, defence and more, but the risks are still not fully understood.”… Continue Reading

DEFRA Publishes Research Report On Manufactured Nanomaterials

Posted in EU Member State, International, OECD
On December 19, 2007, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) published a report entitled Characterising the Potential Risks Posed by Engineered Nanoparticles: A Second UK Government Research Report, which follows up on DEFRA’s 2005 report and 2006 progress report. The report reviews the status of research pertaining to the environmental, health, and safety (EHS)… Continue Reading

Swedish Chemicals Agency Releases Recommendations Regarding Nanotechnology

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, OECD, Research
The Swedish Chemicals Agency (KemI) recently released a report entitled Nanotechnology — Large Risks with Tiny Particles? Although the report is in Swedish, it includes a summary in English. According to the report, the rapid development of new fields of application and a lack of knowledge call for caution. The report states that companies are responsible for ensuring… Continue Reading

Draft Guidance Addresses Nanomaterials in the Workplace

Posted in EU Member State, Federal, International, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
The Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin/BAuA) (FIOSH) and the German Chemical Industry Association (Verband der Chemischen Industrie/VCI) (GCIA) have issued draft document entitled Guidance for Handling and Use of Nanomaterials at the Workplace. The Guidance is intended to provide an overview of occupational health and safety measures in the… Continue Reading

DEFRA Will Publish Revised VRS Guidance

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
According to the fourth quarterly report for the UK’s Voluntary Reporting Scheme (VRS) for Manufactured Nanomaterials, the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) received no new submissions during the most recent quarter. Since the VRS began in September 2006, DEFRA has received a total of nine submissions, seven from industry and two from academia. In… Continue Reading

EC Committee Recommends Revisions to Technical Guidance Documents to Address Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On August 8, 2007, the European Commission (EC) released the scientific opinion of the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) on the appropriateness of the risk assessment methodology in accordance with the European Union’s (EU) technical guidance documents for new and existing substances for assessing the risks of nanomaterials. SCENIHR concluded that… Continue Reading

UK Will Develop Responsible NanoCode for Business

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On July 23, 2007, the United Kingdom (UK) Royal Society issued a press release entitled “’Responsible NanoCode’ for business to be developed.” The press release states: “An initiative to develop a ‘Responsible NanoCode‘ for businesses working with nanotechnologies has been launched by the Royal Society, Insight Investment, the Nanotechnology Industries Association and the Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network… Continue Reading

EC Committee Accepting Comments on Nanomaterials in Cosmetic Products

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
Until September 6, 2007, the European Commission (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Products (SCCP) is accepting comments on its Preliminary Opinion on the Safety of Nanomaterials in Cosmetic Products. According to the SCCP, traditional risk assessment methods — hazard identification, hazard characterization, and exposure assessment — may not be suitable for nanomaterials in cosmetics.  The SCCP suggests… Continue Reading