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EC Begins Public Consultation On Discussion Paper Addressing The New Challenges For Risk Assessment

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
On October 19, 2012, the European Comission (EC) began a public consultation on a preliminary opinion entitled Addressing the New Challenges for Risk Assessment. The Inter-Committee Coordination Group of the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR), Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS), and Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER) established a… Continue Reading

ICCM3 Adds Measures Concerning Nanotechnologies And Manufactured Nanomaterials To Global Plan Of Action

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
During the Third International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM3), which was held September 17-21, 2012, participants agreed to add the measures concerning nanotechnologies and manufactured nanomaterials to the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) Global Plan of Action. The measures include “exploring the development of registers/inventories and/or market assessment activities of manufactured nanomaterials,” and “promoting… Continue Reading

EC’s SCCS Scientific Opinion on Nano-Form Zinc Oxide Available for Comment

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The European Commission’s (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) has posted an opinion on zinc oxide, nano-form. SCCS approved the opinion for adoption and it is now open for comment by applicants, national authorities, and other interested parties. SCCS considered whether zinc oxide in its nano-form is safe for use as a UV-filter with a concentration… Continue Reading

SCCS Calls for Experts on the Safety Assessment of Nanomaterials in Cosmetic Products

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On August 31, 2012, the European Commission’s (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) issued a call for experts on the safety assessment of nanomaterials in cosmetic products. Under Article 16 of the Cosmetic Regulation EC No 1223/2009, any cosmetic product containing nanomaterials must be notified to the EC six months prior to being placed on… Continue Reading

SCENIHR Issues Call for Information and Experts on Health Effects of Nanomaterials Used in Medical Devices

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On August 8, 2012, the European Commission (EC) Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) posted a request it received from the EC for a scientific opinion on the safety of medical devices containing nanomaterials. According to the request, Notified Bodies have identified the following cases of alleged use of nanomaterials: Carbon nanotubes… Continue Reading

EC Scientific Committee Releases Guidance on Safety Assessment of Nanomaterials in Cosmetics

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On July 4, 2012, the European Commission (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) posted its Guidance on the safety assessment of nanomaterials in cosmetics. The EC requested the SCCS develop guidance on the elements that would be required in a manufactured nanomaterial safety dossier. The SCCS states that the Guidance is intended to provide information to… Continue Reading

Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health Considers Dispersible Engineered Nanomaterials

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
The Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health (FACOSH) met on May 3, 2012, during which it discussed the use of occupational exposure levels (OEL) by the federal government. Because the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) permissible exposure limits (PEL) have remained unchanged since their adoption on May 29, 1971, and do not account… Continue Reading

SAICM Will Publish Comments on Adding Nanotechnology Activities to Global Plan of Action

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) Secretariat is expected to publish this month comments on Switzerland’s proposal that activities relating to nanotechnology be added to the SAICM Global Plan of Action.  The proposal would include a new work area on nanotechnologies and manufactured nanomaterials, with corresponding activities, actors, and targets. The Secretariat will compile… Continue Reading

ECHA Announces Updated Guidance for Registering Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On April 30, 2012, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced the availability of three appendices, updating Chapters R.7a, R.7b, and R.7c of the Guidance on Information Requirements and Chemical Safety Assessment (IR & CSA). ECHA prepared a draft revision of the Guidance, based on the outcome of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)… Continue Reading

PCAST Releases Fourth Assessment of the NNI

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research, United States
On April 27, 2012, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released the Report to the President and Congress on the Fourth Assessment of the National Nanotechnology Initiative, which is a Congressionally mandated biennial review of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI). PCAST found that the NNI, which has provided $16 billion to date… Continue Reading

ECHA Forwards Draft Guidance Concerning Nanomaterials to CARACAL

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) sent three new draft appendices to Chapters R.8, R.10, and R.14 of the guidance on information requirements and chemical safety assessment concerning recommendations for nanomaterials to the Competent Authorities for Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) and Classification, Labeling, and Packaging (CLP) (CARACAL). The draft appendices are based on… Continue Reading

OECD Publishes New Document in Series on Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, OECD
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently published a new document in its series on the safety of manufactured nanomaterials, Important Issues on Risk Assessment of Manufactured Nanomaterials. The document was prepared by Steering Group Six of the Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN), which is leading the project on cooperation on risk assessment,… Continue Reading

EC Scientific Committee Requests Information on Nanosilver

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Other
On April 10, 2012, the European Commission (EC) Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) invited interested parties to submit any relevant information that could assist it with its assessment of the safety, health, and environmental effects of nanosilver. In particular, SCENIHR states, it is interested in receiving any scientific information related to… Continue Reading

EC Requests Scientific Opinion on Health Effects of Nanomaterials Used in Medical Devices

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On March 27, 2012, the European Commission (EC) posted a request to the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) for a scientific opinion on the health effects of nanomaterials used in medical devices. According to the EC’s request, in the field of medical devices, the following cases of alleged use of nanomaterials… Continue Reading

ECHA Announces Plans to Update Guidance for Registration of Nanoform Substances

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On February 22, 2012, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) issued a press release announcing that it is currently preparing an update of its Guidance on Information Requirements and Chemical Safety Assessment (IR & CSA) based on the European Commission’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Implementation Project on Nanomaterials (RIP-oN). Because the next registration… Continue Reading

EC Requests SCENIHR for Scientific Opinion on Nanosilver

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The European Commission (EC) requested on December 9, 2011, that the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) prepare a scientific opinion on the safety, health, and environmental effects and role in antimicrobial resistance of nanosilver. According to the EC, while recent review papers suggest that nanosilver may not be hazardous to humans,… Continue Reading

ICON Announces Availability of Presentation Slides from Training Course

Posted in International, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
On November 8, 2011, the International Council on Nanotechnology (ICON) announced the availability of the presentation slides from the modules for the training course entitled “Introduction to Nanomaterials and Occupational Health.”  The course was developed under a grant from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and is intended to prepare safety professionals to address… Continue Reading

EC Publishes Final RIPoN Reports

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The European Commission (EC) began in 2009 a Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Implementation Project on Nanomaterials (RIPoN), which it intended to provide advice on key aspects of the implementation of REACH with regard to nanomaterials. The EC recently posted final reports concerning nanomaterials and information requirements (RIPoN 2) and chemical safety assessment… Continue Reading

EC Requests Guidance on Safety Assessment of Nanomaterials in Cosmetics

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The European Commission (EC) has asked the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) to prepare a guidance document on the safety assessment of nanomaterials in cosmetics. In its request for guidance, the EC notes that a number of documents provide general guidance on the health risk assessment of manufactured nanomaterials, but experience with the assessment of… Continue Reading

German Advisory Council Releases Report Concerning Precautionary Strategies for Managing Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The German Advisory Council on the Environment (SRU) released on September 1, 2011, a report entitled Precautionary Strategies for Managing Nanomaterials, which makes recommendations for a “responsible and precautionary development” of nanotechnology. According to SRU, its objective is to allow for innovation while also identifying and reducing risks at an early stage. SRU concludes that while chemical,… Continue Reading

OECD Provides Snapshot on Current and Planned Activities on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, OECD
On May 26, 2011, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) posted a document entitled “Current Developments/Activities on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials,” which provides information on the outcomes and developments of the OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN) related to the safety of manufactured nanomaterials. OECD states that the document “provides a snapshot… Continue Reading

Dutch Urge EU to Act on Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
In February 2011, the Dutch Environmental Safety and Risk Management Directorate sent a letter to the Directorate General (DG) Enterprise and DG Environment expressing concern regarding delays in the work of the Competent Authorities Sub-Group on Nanomaterials (CASG Nano) and the European Commission’s (EC) progress regarding clarifying the definition and status of nanomaterials. The Dutch Directorate… Continue Reading

PEN Reports Increase in Nano-Enabled Consumer Products

Posted in United States
On March 10, 2011, the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN) announced the most recent update to its consumer products inventory, which now includes more than 1,300 manufacturer-identified, nanotechnology-enabled products, ranging from conventional products, such as non-stick cookware, to more unique items, like self-cleaning window treatments. When PEN launched its inventory in March 2006, it included 212… Continue Reading

EC Committee Approves Opinion on Scientific Basis for the Definition of Nanomaterial

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On December 8, 2010, the European Commission (EC) Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) approved its opinion on the scientific basis for the definition of the term “nanomaterial.” The opinion concludes that: Whereas physical and chemical properties of materials may change with size, there is no scientific justification for a single upper… Continue Reading