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EC Begins Consultation on Recommendation on Definition of the Term Nanomaterial

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On October 21, 2010, the European Commission (EC) began a consultation on its proposal for a definition of the term “nanomaterial” that the it intends to use as “an overarching, broadly applicable reference term” for any European Union (EU) communication or legislation addressing nanomaterials. The EC states that the definition of the term “nanomaterial” should be… Continue Reading

Belgium Calls for REACH Register to Ensure Traceability of Nanomaterials

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
During a September 14, 2010, conference on nanomaterials management, Paul Magnette, the Belgian Minister for Energy, Environment, Sustainable Development, and Consumer Protection, proposed to create a specific register for nanomaterials under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical Substances (REACH) program and to implement mandatory labeling for nanomaterials used in consumer products. According to Magnette,… Continue Reading

EC Opens Public Consultation on Scientific Basis for a Definition of Nanomaterial

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On July 12, 2010, the European Commission (EC) opened a public consultation on the pre-consultation opinion of the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) entitled “Scientific Basis for the Definition of the Term ‘Nanomaterial.’” The EC states that its services need a working definition for the term “nanomaterial” to ensure the consistency… Continue Reading

European Parliament Votes to Restrict Nanoscale Ingredients in Food

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Other
On July 7, 2010, the European Parliament (EP) voted that nanoscale ingredients should be banned from food in the European Union (EU) until the health and environmental risks they might pose are better understood, and that any nanoscale ingredients that are eventually authorized should be clearly labeled as such. The EP voted on several amendments to… Continue Reading

EC JRC Releases Report Concerning Definition of Nanomaterial for Regulatory Purposes

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Other, Research
On July 2, 2010, the European Commission’s (EC) Joint Research Centre (JRC) announced the availability of a reference report entitled Considerations on a Definition of Nanomaterial for Regulatory Purposes. JRC prepared the report in response to a request from the European Parliament (EP). JRC states that the aim of the report is to review and discuss issues… Continue Reading

EU and China Sign MOU Concerning Nanotechnology Risk Assessment

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
On June 6, 2010, the European Commission (EC) Joint Research Center Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (JRC-IHCP) and the Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the European Union (EU)-China Food Safety Scientific Seminar held at the Shanghai World Expo.  According to JRC-IHCP, “[b]oth institutions provide technical support… Continue Reading

EP Committee Votes to Require Risk Assessments and Labeling for Food Products Containing Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On May 4, 2010, the European Parliament (EP) Committee on the Environment, Public Health, and Food Safety voted on draft legislation regarding “novel foods,” which are defined as those that have not been consumed to a significant degree in the European Union (EU) before May 1997. Under the legislation, foods produced by nanotechnology processes would be… Continue Reading

EP Environment Committee Approves Draft Legislation That Would Require Labeling For Nanomaterials In Food

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On March 16, 2010, the EP Environment Committee approved draft legislation intended to modernize, simplify, and clarify food labeling within the EU. The legislation would make minor changes to existing rules on required labeling information, such as name, list of ingredients, “best before” or “use by” date, specific conditions of use, and add a requirement to… Continue Reading

House of Lords Committee Releases Report on Nanotechnologies and Food

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On January 8, 2010, the United Kingdom (UK) House of Lords Science and Technology Committee announced the availability of its report entitled Nanotechnologies and Food, which criticizes the food industry for failing to be transparent about its research into the uses of nanotechnologies and nanomaterials. In its report, the Committee urges the Government and Research Councils… Continue Reading

EC Will Review Legislation to Ensure Safety of Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
In an October 9, 2009, speech at the stakeholder conference concerning nanomaterials on the market, Stavros Dimas, European Commissioner for the Environment, stated that the European Commission (EC) “will review all relevant legislation within two years to ensure safety for all applications of nanomaterials in products with potential health, environmental, or safety impacts over their… Continue Reading

Lynn L. Bergeson Chairs Panel at Conference on “Transatlantic Regulatory Cooperation: Securing the Promise of Nanotechnologies”

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
The London School of Economics (LSE), Chatham House, the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), and the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars held a conference on September 10-11, 2009, on “Transatlantic Regulatory Cooperation: Securing the Promise of Nanotechnologies,” in London. LSE, Chatham House, ELI, and PEN are participating in an international… Continue Reading

EU-OSHA Publishes Literature Review Of Workplace Exposure

Posted in International, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) announced June 19, 2009, the publication of the Literature Review — Workplace Exposure to Nanoparticles, which reviews the most recent publications on nanoparticles and focuses on the possible adverse health effects of workplace exposure. The report focuses on the possible adverse health effects of workplace exposure… Continue Reading

EU Examining How REACH Applies to Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On May 28, 2009, during the Helsinki Chemicals Forum organized by the European Commission (EC) and European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), governmental spokespersons said that the way the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) program applies to nanoscale substances is being reconsidered. ECHA Executive Director Geert Dancet stated that specific regulation of nanomaterials could be… Continue Reading

UN Committee Will Discuss Ongoing Work on the Safety of Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, OECD
During the June 29-July 1, 2009, meeting of the United Nations (UN) Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Substances (GHS), the Committee will discuss a paper entitled “Ongoing Work on the Safety of Nanomaterials.” The paper provides a summary of current activities… Continue Reading

EC Begins Public Consultation to Prepare for Scientific Hearing on Nanotechnology

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The European Commission (EC) will hold a scientific hearing on nanotechnology on September 10, 2009. The hearing will focus on the scientific aspects of the issues covered in the nanotechnology opinions issued by the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) and the Scientific Committee on Consumer Products (SCCP) (which is now replaced… Continue Reading

EP Approves Updated EU Legislation on Cosmetics That Addresses Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On March 24, 2009, the European Parliament (EP) approved an update of European Union (EU) legislation on cosmetics. The new regulation is intended to remove legal uncertainties and inconsistencies, while increasing the safety of cosmetics. The regulation would replace 27 different regulations. The new regulation addresses nanomaterials used as cosmetics ingredients. As requested by the… Continue Reading

EC Removes REACH Exemptions Because of Nano Concerns

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On October 8, 2008, the European Commission (EC) published a regulation amending the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Annex IV to remove carbon and graphite. Although the substances were originally listed in Annex IV, meaning they were exempt from REACH requirements because they were considered to be of minimum risk because of their… Continue Reading

European Commission Begins Public Dialogue on Nanotechnologies

Posted in EU Member State, International, OECD
On June 17, 2008, the European Commission (EC) issued a press release entitled “Commission starts public dialogue on nanotechnologies — tapping economic and environmental potential through safe products.” According to the EC, while current European Union (EU) legislation “covers in principle” the environment, health, and safety issues concerning nanomaterials, “there is further need for research and… Continue Reading

EC Provides Overview of Past and Ongoing R&D

Posted in EU Member State, International, Research
In a January 28, 2008, report entitled EU Nanotechnology R&D in the Field of Health and Environmental Impact of Nanoparticles, the European Commission (EC) provides an overview of past and ongoing research projects funded by the Framework Programmes (FP), EU member states, candidate countries, and countries associated to FP6 or FP7 in the area of… Continue Reading

Danish Report Finds Nanotechnology Covered by Existing Legislation

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, OECD
According to a report recently released by the Danish Ministry of Health and Prevention, nanotechnology research, development, and applications are covered by existing legislation. The report, which includes an English summary, reviews existing national and international legislation in the areas of foods, medicines, the environment, chemicals, and the working environment in relation to current knowledge of… Continue Reading

Lloyd’s Releases Report Examining Risks And Opportunities

Posted in Environmental Issues, EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, OECD
On 3 January 2008, Lloyd’s released a report entitled Nanotechnology: Recent Developments, Risks and Opportunities, which examines the potential risks and opportunities in the emerging field of nanotechnology. Lloyd’s states that nanotechnology “promises to improve many industries including medicine, food technology, textiles, materials, cosmetics, defence and more, but the risks are still not fully understood.”… Continue Reading

Swedish Chemicals Agency Releases Recommendations Regarding Nanotechnology

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, OECD, Research
The Swedish Chemicals Agency (KemI) recently released a report entitled Nanotechnology — Large Risks with Tiny Particles? Although the report is in Swedish, it includes a summary in English. According to the report, the rapid development of new fields of application and a lack of knowledge call for caution. The report states that companies are responsible for ensuring… Continue Reading

Greenpeace Releases Activists’ Guide to REACH, Which Addresses Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On August 30, 2007, Greenpeace International (Greenpeace) issued a report entitled Navigating REACH: An Activists’ Guide To Using and Improving the New EU Chemicals Legislation (Guide), which is intended to explain how the European Union’s (EU) Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation will work, what main issues are at stake, and how the… Continue Reading

EC Committee Recommends Revisions to Technical Guidance Documents to Address Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On August 8, 2007, the European Commission (EC) released the scientific opinion of the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) on the appropriateness of the risk assessment methodology in accordance with the European Union’s (EU) technical guidance documents for new and existing substances for assessing the risks of nanomaterials. SCENIHR concluded that… Continue Reading