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OECD Releases Test Guidelines Specifically Developed to Address Nanomaterials

Posted in OECD, Research
On October 12, 2017, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) announced the release of 17 new, updated, corrected, or deleted Test Guidelines.  The Test Guidelines include three specifically developed for nanomaterials.  OECD states that Test Guideline 318:  Dispersion Stability of Nanomaterials in Simulated Environmental Media provides a simple and effective tool that can… Continue Reading

EC Proposes to Amend REACH Annexes to Address Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On October 9, 2017, the European Commission (EC) began a public consultation on a draft regulation that would amend Annexes I, III, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, and XII of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation to address nanoforms of substances.  The draft regulation states that: Clarifications to requirements for… Continue Reading

JRC Publishes NANoREG Toolbox for the Safety Assessment of Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The European Commission (EC) Joint Research Center (JRC) has published the NANoREG Toolbox for the Safety Assessment of Nanomaterials.  As reported in our May 8, 2017, blog item, JRC previously published a Science for Policy report entitled NANoREG framework for the safety assessment of nanomaterials.  The report was developed within the NANoREG project, “A common… Continue Reading

NIA Will Hold Webinar on Safe by Design for Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
On October 24, 2017, the Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) will hold a webinar on Safe by Design for nanomaterials.  NIA states that the webinar is free and open to all actors interested in nanomaterials and their safe management throughout their lifecycle, using the principles of Safe by Design from the earliest development stages.  According to… Continue Reading

Switzerland Intends to Require Notification of Fibrous Nanomaterials Placed on the Market

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On September 29, 2017, Switzerland notified the European Commission (EC) of a draft amendment to the Ordinance on Protection against Dangerous Substances and Preparations.  The notification states that the Ordinance on Protection against Dangerous Substances and Preparations regulates the risk assessment of chemicals and the requirements to be fulfilled for using and placing on the… Continue Reading

ECHA Announces RAC Concludes on Opinion for Harmonized Classification and Labeling for Titanium Dioxide

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced on September 27, 2017, that the Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) concluded on ten opinions for harmonized classification and labeling (CLH), including titanium dioxide.  In May 2016, France submitted a CLH proposal for titanium dioxide, stating that titanium dioxide should be considered as being potentially carcinogenic to humans when… Continue Reading

OECD Tour de Table Highlights International Developments on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On September 27, 2017, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published a corrected version of the Developments in Delegations on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials — Tour De Table, which covers developments on the safety of manufactured nanomaterials that were provided by OECD delegations from March to August 2017.  It summarizes relevant information… Continue Reading

EC Begins Consultation on Revising Recommendation on Definition of Nanomaterial

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On September 15, 2017, the European Commission (EC) began a public consultation on the revision of the 2011 EC Recommendation on the definition of nanomaterial.  The EC intended the definition to achieve consistent application of the term nanomaterial across all legislation.  The definition includes descriptors that the EC intended to review by December 2014 to… Continue Reading

ISO Publishes Vocabulary Standard for Graphene and Related 2D Materials

Posted in International, Research
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published standard ISO/TS 80004-13:2017, “Nanotechnologies — Vocabulary — Part 13:  Graphene and related two-dimensional (2D) materials.”  According to ISO, over the last decade, interest has arisen in graphene due to its “many exceptional properties.”  More recently, other materials with a similar structure have also shown promising properties, including… Continue Reading

RIVM Announces Model to Calculate Concentrations of Nanoparticles in the Environment

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
The Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) announced on September 6, 2017, that an RIVM researcher, Joris Meesters, modified SimpleBox, a distribution model for chemicals, to create SimpleBox4nano, a model to calculate concentrations of nanoparticles in water, soil, and air.  SimpleBox4nano includes new processes that specifically apply to nanoparticles, such as… Continue Reading

EC4SafeNano Survey on Demand and Supply of Services in Nanosafety Ends September 15

Posted in International
Responses to the European Center for Risk Management and Safe Innovation in Nanomaterials and Nanotechnologies (EC4SafeNano) survey on demand and supply of services in nanosafety are due September 15, 2017. EC4SafeNano notes that multiple responses from different departments and groups within a single organization are possible. As reported in our April 24, 2017, blog item,… Continue Reading

EC Environment DG Publishes Report on Assessing the Environmental Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
The European Commission (EC) Environment Directorate General (DG) published an August 2017 report entitled Assessing the environmental safety of manufactured nanomaterials.  The report “shows that, despite early fears, nano-sized particles are not inherently more toxic than larger particles; however, differences between them may be notable and new insights are still being provided by research.”  The… Continue Reading

ISO Publishes Standard Terms and Definitions for Cellulose Nanomaterial

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published standard ISO/TS 20477:2017, “Nanotechnologies — Standard terms and their definition for cellulose nanomaterial.”  The standard states that in industrial productions, cellulose nanomaterials can be manufactured by conversion of wood pulp through chemical, biological, or mechanical processes.  Due to their renewable nature and unique properties, cellulose nanomaterials have… Continue Reading

2017 EU-U.S. Workshop Will Be Held September 7-8, 2017

Posted in International, United States
The 2017 European Union (EU)-U.S. “Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts Joint Workshop” will be held September 7-8, 2017, at the University of Birmingham.  The workshop will be activity-driven, and the activity will be to consider current (and future) approaches to nano environmental and health safety (nanoEHS) research to close the gap between research and regulation.  The… Continue Reading

NGOs Call for France to Require Labeling and Restriction of Consumer Products

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
According to a July 12, 2017, press release, a coalition of non-governmental organizations (NGO) wrote to the French Prime Minister and several ministers to call for labeling and restriction of nanomaterials in consumer products.  The NGOs request that three measures be taken “as a matter of urgency”: Temporarily ban titanium dioxide particles present in E171… Continue Reading

ClientEarth Files Complaint with EU Ombudsman over EC Catalog of Nanomaterials Used in Cosmetic Products

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
ClientEarth announced on July 31, 2017, that it filed a complaint with the European Union (EU) Ombudsman about the European Commission’s (EC) “unlawful handling of a long-delayed list of nano-chemicals in cosmetics.”  As reported in our June 19, 2017, blog item, the EC published June 15, 2017, a catalog of nanomaterials used in cosmetic products… Continue Reading

EC Publishes NanoData Landscape Compilation Reports

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On June 8, 2017, the European Commission (EC) published eight NanoData Landscape Compilation reports.  The EC states that the reports offer a snapshot of the environment for nanotechnology in different application fields: NanoData Landscape Compilation: Health:  This report offers a snapshot of the status of the environment for nanotechnology in the context of health.  Analysis… Continue Reading

EC Publishes Final Report of Nanocomput Project

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
In July 2017, the European Commission’s (EC) Joint Research Center (JRC) published a report entitled Evaluation of the availability and applicability of computational approaches in the safety assessment of nanomaterials:  Final report of the Nanocomput project.  The main aims of the Nanocomput Project were to review and assess the current status of computational methods that… Continue Reading

Journal of Nanobiotechnology Publishes Special Issue on Swiss National Research Program on the “Opportunities and Risks of Nanomaterials”

Posted in International, Research
The Journal of Nanobiotechnology published a special issue on the outcome of Switzerland’s five-year National Research Program on the “Opportunities and Risks of Nanomaterials” (NRP 64).  The editorial states that the Program’s primary goal was to investigate potential applications of existing nanomaterials in healthcare, the consumer industry, and in the environment, and to identify, characterize,… Continue Reading

Canada Intends to Publish Nanoscale Prioritization Results in 2018

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
According to the July 7, 2017, issue of the Chemicals Management Plan Progress Report, Health Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada are in the process of prioritizing nanoscale forms of substances on the Domestic Substances List.  As reported in our July 27, 2015, blog item, Canada conducted a mandatory information-gathering survey under Section 71… Continue Reading

IARC Will Convene Advisory Group in 2018/2019 to Consider Nominations

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
To assist the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in selecting agents for review in future Monographs, IARC regularly convenes international, interdisciplinary Advisory Groups to review all public nominations and to recommend those it considers to be of high priority.  According to information on its website, IARC will convene its next Advisory Group in… Continue Reading

ECHA Announces Two Decisions on Appeals Related to Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On June 30, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Board of Appeal published two decisions related to nanomaterials.  In the July 5, 2017, issue of ECHA Weekly, ECHA states that the Board of Appeal “largely upheld the appeals and annulled most of the requests for information.”  In Cases A-014-2015 and A-015-2015, registrants appealed the same… Continue Reading

CEINT Seeks Comments on Proposed ISA-TAB-Nano Templates

Posted in International, Research
The Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT) seeks comments on the NANoREG-proposed ISA-TAB-nano templates.  According to CEINT, the ISA-TAB-nano file sharing format, developed under the National Cancer Informatics Program Nanotechnology Working Group (NCIP NanoWG), is an accepted ASTM standard (ASTM International E2909-13).  In 2016, the European Union NANoREG project adopted and adapted the… Continue Reading

NanoDefine Will Hold Workshop on Measurement and Classification of Nanomaterials According to the EC Definition

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On October 24, 2017, NanoDefine will hold a one-day workshop in Frankfurt/Main, Germany.  The main purpose of the workshop is to provide a practical demonstration of newly developed measurement techniques to end-users who have to implement the European Commission’s (EC) recommendation on the definition of a nanomaterial (2011/696/EU).  NanoDefine experts have developed a wide panel… Continue Reading