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JRC Opens Call to Access JRC Nanobiotechnology Laboratory

Posted in International, Research
The European Commission (EC) Joint Research Center (JRC) has opened a call to access its Nanobiotechnology Laboratory.  The Nanobiotechnology Laboratory features state-of-the-art equipped facilities designed to foster interdisciplinary studies, with a special emphasis on the characterization of nanomaterials, nanomedicines, advanced materials and their interactions with biological systems, as well as on the detection, identification, and… Continue Reading

French NGO Claims Many Manufacturers Fail to Comply with Nano Labeling Requirement

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
UFC-Que Choisir, a French non-governmental organization (NGO), announced on January 23, 2018, that it filed complaints against nine manufacturers of food and cosmetic products for failure to comply with the requirement to report the presence of nanomaterials on the product label.  UFC-Que Choisir states that its analysis covered 20 consumer products (seven food products, nine… Continue Reading

NIA Will Hold Webinar on Nanomedicine: Diagnostics and Therapeutics Advancing through Nanotechnology

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On March 7, 2018, the Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) will hold a webinar on “Nanomedicine:  Diagnostics and therapeutics advancing through nanotechnology.”  The webinar will focus on the diagnostic and therapeutic applications of nanotechnology, with the agenda including: Regulatory landscape in Europe and beyond for nanomaterials in healthcare applications; and Industry developments within nanomedicine from NIA… Continue Reading

EUON Links Nanomaterials Used in Cosmetic Products to Registration Data

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
As reported in our June 19, 2017, blog item, the European Commission (EC) published a catalog of nanomaterials used in cosmetic products on the European Union (EU) market.  On February 5, 2018, the European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON) published a table linking nanomaterials listed in the catalog to their Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction… Continue Reading

EFSA Publishes Safety Assessment of Selenium Nanoparticles for Use in Active Food Contact Materials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavorings, and Processing Aids evaluated food contact material (FCM) Substance No. 1070, which incorporates selenium nanoparticles into the adhesive middle layer of multilayer laminates with an outside polyethylene terephthalate (PET) layer and an inner polyolefin (food contact) layer.  The results of the Panel’s… Continue Reading

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

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
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

EC Committee Publishes Final Opinion on Titanium Dioxide (Nano Form) as UV-Filter in Sprays

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The European Commission (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) published on January 24, 2018, its final opinion on titanium dioxide (nano form) as an ultraviolet (UV)-filter in sprays.  The EC asked SCCS to address the following questions: In light of the data provided, does SCCS consider titanium dioxide (nano) safe when used as a… Continue Reading

ECHA Management Board Reviews Strategy on Substances in Nanoforms

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
During its December 14-15, 2017, meeting, the Management Board of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) discussed ECHA’s strategy on substances in nanoforms.  According to the strategy, following recent rulings of the Board of Appeal, the “possibility for using dossier and substance evaluation under the current legal text of [the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of… Continue Reading

EFSA Begins Public Consultation on Guidance for the Risk Assessment of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Applications

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On January 12, 2018, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) opened a public consultation on its draft guidance for the risk assessment of nanoscience and nanotechnology applications in the food and feed chain.  The guidance covers the relevant areas within EFSA’s remit, such as novel foods, food contact materials, food and feed additives, and pesticides. … Continue Reading

IOSH Publishes Research Report and Industry Guidance on Nanotechnology in Construction and Demolition

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
On January 8, 2018, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) announced the availability of a research report on nanotechnology in construction and demolition, as well as guidance for industry.  The aim of the research was to provide clarity regarding the current use of nanomaterials in the built environment and the potential benefits and… Continue Reading

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

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
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

EEB Finds Estonian EU Council Presidency Failed to Fill Regulatory Gaps on Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) announced on December 22, 2017, the availability of its assessment of the environmental performance of the Estonian Presidency of the European Union (EU).  The assessment is based on the results of “Ten Green Tests” laid out at the beginning of Estonia’s Presidency.  The eighth test is protecting the public from… Continue Reading

B&C Publishes Predictions and Outlook for U.S. Federal and International Chemical Regulatory Policy 2018

Posted in Federal, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and its consulting affiliate The Acta Group (Acta®) published on January 4, 2018, their “Predictions and Outlook for U.S. Federal and International Chemical Regulatory Policy 2018.”  In the Forecast, the lawyers, scientists, and chemical regulatory specialists at B&C and Acta offer comprehensive and highly useful observations on the fast-changing and… Continue Reading

NIOSH Plans to Support Implementation of WHO Guidelines to Protect Workers from Nanomaterials

Posted in Federal, International, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On December 15, 2017, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) posted a blog item entitled “WHO Guidelines to Protect Workers from Nanomaterials.”  As reported in our December 13, 2017, blog item, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently published WHO Guidelines on Protecting Workers from Potential Risks of Manufactured Nanomaterials.  NIOSH Director John… Continue Reading

UNEP Report on Emerging Issues of Environmental Concern Includes Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
In early December 2017, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) published Frontiers 2017:  Emerging Issues of Environmental Concern.  The report covers six key emerging issues:  the environmental dimension of antimicrobial resistance; nanomaterials; marine protected areas and sustainable development; sand and dust storms; off-grid solar solutions; and environmental displacement.  The section on nanomaterials addresses nanodimensions —… Continue Reading

Presentations Available from ECHA Webinar on REACH Guidance for Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On November 30, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) held a webinar to explain the support documentation available for registrants that cover nanoforms in their Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) registration dossier.  The main focus was on the registration and read-across of nanoforms, but the webinar also covered updates for information requirements… Continue Reading

WHO Publishes Guidelines on Protecting Workers from Potential Risks of Manufactured Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
In December 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) published WHO Guidelines on Protecting Workers from Potential Risks of Manufactured Nanomaterials.  WHO developed the Guidelines, which provide recommendations on how best to protect workers from the potential risks of manufactured nanomaterials (MNM).  According to WHO, its recommendations are intended to help policy-makers and professionals in the… Continue Reading

ISO Publishes Standard on Aquatic Toxicity Assessment of Manufactured Nanomaterials in Saltwater Lakes

Posted in International, Research
In November 2017, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published standard ISO/TS 20787:2017, “Nanotechnologies — Aquatic toxicity assessment of manufactured nanomaterials in saltwater lakes using Artemia sp. Nauplii.”  ISO/TS 20787:2017 specifies a test method, aiming to maximize repeatability and reliability of testing, to determine whether manufactured nanomaterials are toxic to aquatic organisms, specifically Artemia sp.… 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

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
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

UBA Report Summarizes Work to Develop New OECD Test Guideline on Dispersion Stability of Nanomaterials

Posted in International, OECD, Research
In December 2017, Germany’s Federal Environment Agency (UBA) published a report entitled Clarification of methodical questions regarding the investigation of nanomaterials in the environment:  Development of a decision support tool for the investigation of nanomaterial’s environmental behaviour based on dispersion behaviour and dissolution in relation to various environmental parameters.  UBA states that for an adequate… Continue Reading

RIVM Takes Critical Look at EUON

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) published a brochure entitled “The European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials:  A step forward?” on November 30, 2017.  RIVM concludes that the European Union (EU) Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON) will have a limited contribution to reducing the uncertainty regarding the safety of nanomaterials.  Although several… Continue Reading

NanoReg2 Begins Survey Concerning Knowledge of Risks from Nanomaterials and Concept of Safe-by-Design

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
On behalf of its project partner, the Institute of Occupational Medicine, NanoReg2 seeks information from organizations that manufacture, make, use, distribute, or dispose of nanomaterials.  NanoReg2 states that, as part of the NanoReg2 Project, it is trying to find out what organizations know and understand about worker and end-user risk from nanomaterials and the concept… 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