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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

NNI Will Hold Meetings in 2018

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
The Office of Science and Technology Policy published a Federal Register notice on January 23, 2018, announcing that the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), on behalf of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the Committee on Technology, National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), “will facilitate stakeholder discussion of targeted nanotechnology topics through… 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

NIOSH Will Use Experience in Managing Engineered Nanomaterials to Address Advanced Manufacturing

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
Charles Geraci, PhD, CIH, FAIHA, Associate Director for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and Laura Hodson, MSPH, CIH, FAIHA, Coordinator of the NIOSH Nanotechnology Research Center, co-authored an article entitled “From ‘Just in Time’ to ‘Just Next Door’:  21st-century Manufacturing Challenges and Opportunities for Industrial Hygienists.” … 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

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

FDA Publishes Draft Guidance on Drug Products, Including Biological Products, That Contain Nanomaterials

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
On December 18, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a Federal Register notice announcing the availability of a draft guidance for industry entitled “Drug Products, Including Biological Products, That Contain Nanomaterials:  Guidance for Industry.”  According to the notice, FDA developed the guidance to provide industry with its current thinking for the development of… Continue Reading

FDA Will Publish Draft Guidance on Drug Products, Including Biological Products, that Contain Nanomaterials

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is scheduled to publish a Federal Register notice announcing the availability of a draft guidance for industry entitled “Drug Products, Including Biological Products, that Contain Nanomaterials.”  According to the pre-publication version of the notice, FDA developed the guidance to provide industry with its current thinking for the development of… 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

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

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

EC Posts Comments Received on Draft Regulation to Amend REACH Annexes to Address Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
As reported in our October 11, 2017, blog item, 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. … Continue Reading

ECHA Will Hold Webinar on Updated REACH Guidance for Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On November 30, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) will hold 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.  ECHA states that the main focus will be on the registration and read-across of nanoforms, but the webinar will… Continue Reading

UK Parliamentary Office Publishes Note on Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On October 5, 2017, the United Kingdom’s (UK) Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) published a POSTnote entitled “Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials.”  According to POST, key points include: Nanomaterial uses and benefits are diverse and increasing, such as in cosmetics, textiles, electronics, and medicine; Current regulatory frameworks applicable to nanomaterials within the UK are… Continue Reading

NIA Holds Webinar on Safe by Design for Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
On October 24, 2017, the Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) held a webinar on Safe by Design for Nanomaterials.  The webinar was 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.  The webinar included the following presentations: Session 1: … Continue Reading

European Trade Union Institute Publishes Policy Brief on EUON

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
The European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) recently published a policy brief entitled “EU Observatory for Nanomaterials:  a constructive view on future regulation.”  The policy brief provides information about the European Union (EU) Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON), how it is being developed, its limitations, and “why it is not an ideal option.”  According to the policy… Continue Reading

New York Household Cleansing Product Information Disclosure Program Could Target Nanomaterials

Posted in Legal/Regulatory Issues, State, United States
As reported in our October 20, 2017, memorandum, “California and New York Require Manufacturers to Disclose Ingredients in Cleaning Products,” on April 25, 2017, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) announced the Household Cleansing Product Information Disclosure Program.  The Program will require manufacturers of household cleansing products sold in New York to disclose the chemical… Continue Reading

2017 SNO Conference Will Be Held November 5-7

Posted in Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
The Sixth Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization (SNO) Conference will be held November 5-7, 2017, in Los Angeles, California.  According to SNO, the Conference sessions represent a hybrid of topics on selected “systems” that contribute to sustainability and more traditional topics.  Sessions will be populated with talks on applications, effects and implications, analytical methods, and lifecycle aspects… Continue Reading