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EC Committee Accepting Comment on Preliminary Opinion on Solubility of Synthetic Amorphous Silica

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
On March 15, 2019, the European Commission’s (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) published its preliminary opinion on the solubility of synthetic amorphous silica (SAS).  The EC asked whether the SCCS considers that SAS are soluble (100 milligram per liter (mg/L) or higher) or degradable/non-persistent in biological systems in light of the nanomaterial definition… Continue Reading

2019 NanoEHS CORs Workshop Will Be Held in October

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research, United States
The 2019 U.S.-European Union (EU) NanoEHS Communities of Research (COR) Workshop will take place October 15-16, 2019, at the Europole de l’Arbois in Aix en Provence, France.  The workshop is organized by the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) and the European Commission (EC).  The agenda for the October 2018 Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts Joint Workshop… Continue Reading

JRC Opens Calls for the Nanobiotechnology Laboratory

Posted in International, Research
The European Commission’s (EC) Joint Research Center (JRC) opens its scientific laboratories and facilities, including its Nanobiotechnology Laboratory, to people working in academia and research organizations, industry, and small and medium enterprises (SME).  JRC opened a call on February 1, 2019, for the Nanobiotechnology Laboratory for the following priority topics: Nanomaterial characterization, including their interactions… Continue Reading

ECHA Interview Focuses on Research on Safety of Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Research
The February 2019 issue of the European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA) Newsletter includes an interview with Eva Valsami-Jones, Professor of Environmental Nanoscience at the University of Birmingham and leader of the European Union (EU) NanoSafety Cluster Coordination Team, on research on the safety of nanomaterials.  The NanoSafety Cluster coordinates the funding of research projects at the… Continue Reading

Case Study Demonstrates Successful Application of ECHA’s Read-Across Guidance to Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
The February 2019 issue of Computational Toxicology includes an article entitled “Grouping of multi-walled carbon nanotubes to read-across genotoxicity:  A case study to evaluate the applicability of regulatory guidance.”  The article describes a case study, performed by scientists at the European Commission’s (EC) Joint Research Center (JRC), to explore and illustrate read-across of genotoxicity data… Continue Reading

JRC Publishes Overview of Concepts and Terms Used in the EC’s Definition of Nanomaterial

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The European Commission’s (EC) Joint Research Center (JRC) published on February 13, 2019, a report entitled An overview of concepts and terms used in the European Commission’s definition of nanomaterial.  The report supports the implementation of the EC’s Recommendation on a definition of nanomaterial (2011/696/EU).  It addresses the definition’s key concepts and terms and discusses… Continue Reading

Stakeholders Have Opportunity to Provide Feedback on EUON

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The European Union (EU) Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON) provides information on nanomaterials to a wide audience on subjects including safety, innovation, and research.  It also covers the existing EU legislation on nanomaterials and the presence and uses of specific substances on the EU market.  EUON is currently conducting a survey to allow stakeholders to express… Continue Reading

EC Committee Includes Micro- and Nano-Plastic in the Environment and Nanoparticles Released from Building Materials and Construction Waste on List of Emerging Issues

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The European Commission’s (EC) Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) published on January 14, 2019, a statement and a position paper on emerging health and environmental issues.  SCHEER identified and prioritized 14 emerging issues to bring to the attention of the EC services, including: Micro- and nano-plastic in the environment (priority is… Continue Reading

EC Amends REACH to Require Information on Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The European Commission (EC) announced on December 3, 2018, that it adopted amendments to several Annexes of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation to clarify the information requirements for nanomaterials.  The EC notes that REACH “has always applied to nanomaterials, but did not contain specific provisions for them, which is why… Continue Reading

SCCS Revised Guidance for Testing of Cosmetic Ingredients and Their Safety Evaluation Addresses Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On November 7, 2018, the European Commission’s (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) published the tenth revision of The SCCS Notes of Guidance for the Testing of Cosmetic Ingredients and Their Safety Evaluation.  The guidance contains relevant information on the different aspects of testing and safety evaluation of cosmetic substances in Europe.  The document… Continue Reading

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

EC Committee Publishes Final Opinion on Colloidal Silver (Nano)

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On October 26, 2018, the European Commission (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) published its final opinion on colloidal silver (nano).  According to the final opinion, the EC received 63 notifications of cosmetic products containing colloidal silver in nano form.  The final opinion states that, according to the applicants, the ingredient is used in… 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

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

ECHA Article Addresses New REACH Information Requirements for Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The September 2018 issue of the ECHA Newsletter includes an article entitled “Are the new REACH information requirements for nanos relevant for you?” written by Jenny Holmqvist, Coordinator for Nanomaterials for the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).  As reported in our April 26, 2018, blog item, the European Commission (EC) Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of… 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

Health-EU Newsletter Includes Editorial on Safety of Nanomaterials in Sunscreens

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The July 19, 2018, issue of the European Commission’s (EC) Health-EU Newsletter includes an editorial entitled “The only concern to have about sunscreen is … did you remember to put it on?” written by Qasim Chaudhry, Chair of the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) and Ulrike Bernauer, Chair of the SCCS Working Group on… 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

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

EC Committee Publishes Final Opinion on Nano Styrene/Acrylates and Sodium Styrene/Acrylates Copolymers

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On June 25, 2018, the European Commission’s (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) published its final opinion on styrene/acrylates copolymer (nano) and sodium styrene/acrylates copolymer (nano).  The EC received eight notifications of cosmetic ingredients containing the copolymers in nano forms.  According to the applicants, the ingredients are used in nano-coated form in leave-on cosmetic… Continue Reading

Second Workshop on Quantifying Exposure to Engineered Nanomaterials from Manufactured Products Will Be Held in October

Posted in Federal, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
The “2nd Quantifying Exposure to Engineered Nanomaterials from Manufactured Products (QEEN II) Workshop” will be held October 9-10, 2018, in Washington, D.C.  Sponsored by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and co-hosted by the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), the Workshop will highlight new research on the tools and methods available to characterize and quantify effective… Continue Reading

Report Available on March 2018 EUON Stakeholder Dialogue Meeting

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
The European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON) has posted the workshop report from the March 9, 2018, Stakeholder Dialogue meeting.  According to the report, the annual meeting focused on providing an update on EUON and allowing stakeholders an opportunity to share their views on expectations on the future development of EUON.  During his welcome address,… Continue Reading

REACH Committee Approves Draft Regulation to Amend the REACH Annexes to Address Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The European Commission (EC) Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Committee voted on April 26, 2018, to amend several REACH Annexes to clarify the registration requirements for nanomaterials.  According to the European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA) press release, the amendments address the knowledge gap regarding which substances registered under REACH are placed on the… Continue Reading

EC Ombudsman Issues Recommendation in Case Regarding Lack of Access to Catalog of Nanomaterials Used in Cosmetics

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On March 13, 2018, the European Commission (EC) Ombudsman issued its recommendation in a case concerning the EC’s refusal to grant access to its catalog of nanomaterials used in cosmetics, as well as to related notification from cosmetics manufacturers.  As reported in our August 8, 2017, blog item, ClientEarth announced on July 31, 2017, that… Continue Reading