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JRC Scientists Publish Article on Inventory of Publicly Available Tools for the Safety Assessment of Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
On November 5, 2018, the European Commission’s (EC) Joint Research Center (JRC) announced the availability of the NANoREG Toolbox, an inventory of publicly available tools for the safety assessment of nanomaterials.  As reported in our October 5, 2017, blog item, JRC first published the inventory as a Microsoft Excel®-based dataset.  JRC scientists have now published… Continue Reading

JRC Announces New Standardized Nanomaterial Environmental Toxicity Screening Testing Procedure

Posted in International, Research
The European Commission (EC) Joint Research Center (JRC) announced publication of a paper introducing a new standardized testing procedure for nanomaterial environmental toxicity, “Introducing a new standardized nanomaterial environmental toxicity screening testing procedure, ISO/TS 20787:  aquatic toxicity assessment of manufactured nanomaterials in saltwater lakes using Artemia sp. nauplii.”  The abstract states that the testing procedure… Continue Reading

EPA Posts Final Work Plan for Nanosilver Registration Review Process

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research, United States
On October 19, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted the Final Work Plan (FWP) for the nanosilver registration review process under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The FWP explains what the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) “knows about nanosilver generally, highlighting anticipated data and assessment needs for each unique nanosilver… Continue Reading

NNI Publishes Key Takeaways and Transcript for Webinar on Technology Pathways Toward Commercializing Nanotechnology

Posted in Federal, Research, United States
The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) has published key takeaways and a transcript for the September 19, 2018, webinar, “Technology Pathways Toward Commercializing Nanotechnology.”  The webinar focused on quality control in the manufacturing process and built on NNI’s November 2017 Technology Pathways workshop.  Webinar panelists Katherine Barton, Laboratory and Production Manager at Nano-C, and Doug Singer,… Continue Reading

Germany Publishes Study on Health Effects of Ultrafine Particles

Posted in EU Member State, International, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research
The German Environment Agency (UBA) in October 2018 published a study entitled Health Effects of Ultrafine Particles:  Systematic literature search and the potential transferability of the results to the German setting.  The study notes that ultrafine particles represent the smallest size fractions of particles with sizes from one to about 100 nanometers in aerodynamic diameter. … Continue Reading

EPA Publishes SNUR for Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research, United States
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published on October 10, 2018, a direct final  rule promulgating significant new use rules (SNUR) for 28 chemical substances, including  single-walled carbon nanotubes, that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMN).  The chemical substances are subject to orders issued by EPA pursuant to Section 5(e) of the Toxic Substances… Continue Reading

Slides Available from Scientific Workshop on Grouping of Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, OECD, Research
On September 12-13, 2018, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), NanoReg2, and GRACIOUS hosted a “Scientific Workshop:  Grouping of Nanomaterials.”  The Workshop brought together 120 nanotechnology specialists from Europe, North America, and Asia to discuss a bottleneck in nanomaterials development and testing.  The agenda and the following slides from the workshop have been… Continue Reading

OECD Publishes Case Study on Grouping and Read-Across for the Genotoxicity of Nano Titanium Dioxide

Posted in International, OECD, Research
On September 21, 2018, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) announced four new case studies on integrated approaches for testing and assessment (IATA), including a Case Study on Grouping and Read-Across for Nanomaterials — Genotoxicity of Nano-TiO2.  The European Union (EU) Joint Research Center (JRC) developed the case study for the genotoxicity of… Continue Reading

CPSC’s FY 2019 Operating Plan Includes Collaborative Nanotechnology Research Activities

Posted in Federal, Research, United States
On September 26, 2018, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will discuss the Fiscal Year 2019 Operating Plan.  According to the Operating Plan, in fiscal year (FY) 2019, CPSC will continue supporting nanotechnology research and working with other federal agencies under the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) to minimize duplication and overlap of existing research… Continue Reading

Germany Publishes Comparison of Inhalation and Intratracheal Instillation as Testing Methods for Characterization of Granular Biopersistent Particles

Posted in EU Member State, International, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research
Germany’s Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) has published a report entitled Comparison of Inhalation and Intratracheal Instillation as Testing Methods for Characterisation of Granular Biopersistent Particles (GBP).  In Project F 2364, researchers conducted an in vivo validation study to evaluate the consistency of data with results obtained in the preceding intratracheal instillation… Continue Reading

EC Publishes Success Story on Controlling Light at the Nanoscale Thanks to Graphene

Posted in International, Research
The European Commission (EC) has published a success story, “Controlling light at the nanoscale thanks to graphene.”  The EC notes graphene, “an atomically thin lattice of carbon, has many exceptional properties.”  A European Union (EU)-funded project is focusing on the unique capabilities of graphene plasmons to transport and control light emissions at spatial scales far… Continue Reading

EUON Study Finds Knowledge Gaps Exist in Risk Assessment of Nano-Sized Pigments

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
The European Union (EU) Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON) announced on September 7, 2018, that a new study found gaps in the current knowledge on the hazard and risk assessment of nano-sized pigments.  The study, commissioned by EUON, identified 81 nano-sized pigments currently used in the EU market.  The study was done to collect publicly available… Continue Reading

NNI Publishes Supplement to President’s 2019 Budget Request

Posted in Federal, Research, United States
The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) has published The National Nanotechnology Initiative Supplement to the President’s 2019 Budget.  The August 2018 document not only supplements the President’s budget request for fiscal year 2019, but also serves as NNI’s annual report and addresses the requirement for Department of Defense (DOD) reporting on its nanotechnology investments.  President Trump… Continue Reading

EC JRC Publishes Report on Mapping Nanomedicine Terminology in Regulatory Landscape

Posted in International, Research
The European Commission’s (EC) Joint Research Center has published a Technical Report entitled Mapping Nanomedicine Terminology in the Regulatory Landscape.  According to the abstract, to support a better understanding of terms used in the regulatory domain, the Nanomedicines Working Group of the International Pharmaceutical Regulators Forum (IPRF) prioritized the need to map, compile, and discuss… Continue Reading

Registration Opens for NNI Webinar on NanoEHS and Nanomedicine

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research, United States
Registration has opened for an August 20, 2018, webinar on “NanoEHS and Nanomedicine:  Similarities and Synergisms.”  The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) notes that there are many synergies between nanomedicine research, which addresses (among other topics) issues of efficacy and safety, and studies on the environmental, health, and safety effects of nanomaterials (nanoEHS), which include the… Continue Reading

EFSA Panel Concludes New Titanium Dioxide Studies Do Not Merit Reopening Opinion

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
The July 2018 issue of the EFSA Journal includes an article entitled “Evaluation of four new studies on the potential toxicity of titanium dioxide used as a food additive (E 171).”  The European Commission (EC) asked the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to carry out a scientific evaluation on four studies on the potential toxicity… Continue Reading

EUON Publishes Study Identifying Key Parameters for Conducting Reliable Market Studies on Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Research
On July 17, 2018, the European Union (EU) Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON) announced the availability of a study that it commissioned, Critical review of the relevance and reliability of data sources, methods, parameters and determining factors to produce market studies on manufactured nanomaterials on the EU market.  The study presents the results of a critical… Continue Reading

NanoReg2 and Gracious Will Hold Scientific Workshop on Grouping of Nanomaterials in September

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, OECD, Research
The NanoSafety Cluster announced that its projects NanoReg2 and Gracious, which focus on grouping, have come together with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Working Party for Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN) to host a two-day conference in Paris on September 12-13, 2018.  The “Scientific workshop on Grouping of Nanomaterials” will immediately follow the September… Continue Reading

EU-Funded Researchers Testing Nano-Based Food Packaging

Posted in International, Research
The European Commission (EC) announced on June 15, 2018, that researchers from the European Union (EU)-funded NANOPACK project found a solution for extending food shelf-life by using smart antimicrobial surfaces applied to active food packaging.  According to the EC, the researchers are now running five pilot production runs of the new polymer composite, based on… Continue Reading

NanoMONITOR Available for Testing at Facilities

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
NanoMONITOR announced on June 25, 2018, that the NanoMONITOR Monitoring Station is available upon request to use in facilities to obtain robust data on the concentration of engineered nanomaterials.  NanoMONITOR’s brochure states that access is provided on a transnational basis with no charge to the user.  According to NanoMONITOR, by developing a real-time information and… Continue Reading

EUON Updates Website, Adds Two Searchable Databases

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
On June 11, 2018, the European Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON) announced that its website now features the following two searchable databases, NanoData and eNanoMapper: NanoData: Contains data on different products, research projects, publications, patents, and companies, and helps users to visualize statistics through built-in charts and graphs.  The data can also be filtered by different… Continue Reading

ISO Standard Analyzes Nano-Objects Using Asymmetrical-Flow and Centrifugal Field Flow Fractionation

Posted in International, Research
In June 2018, the International Standardization Organization (ISO) published standard ISO/TS 21362:2018, “Nanotechnologies — Analysis of nano-objects using asymmetrical-flow and centrifugal field-flow fractionation.”  The document identifies parameters and conditions, as part of an integrated measurement system, necessary to develop and validate methods for the application of asymmetrical-flow and centrifugal field-flow fractionation to the analysis of… Continue Reading

OECD Tour de Table Reports on Developments on Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials

Posted in Federal, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, OECD, Research
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published a May 17, 2018, document entitled Developments in Delegations on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials — Tour de Table.  The document compiles information provided by delegations for the February 2018 OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN) meeting on current developments on the safety of manufactured… Continue Reading

OECD Assesses Biodurability of Nanomaterials and Their Surface Ligands

Posted in International, OECD, Research
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has published a May 22, 2018, report entitled Assessment of Biodurability of Nanomaterials and their Surface ligands.  The purpose of the report was to compile the relevant information on the biodurability of the pristine and functionalized nanomaterials in biological and environmental media in vitro and in vivo,… Continue Reading