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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

ETUC Passes Resolution on Nanotechnologies and Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
On June 26, 2008, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) passed a resolution on nanotechnologies and nanomaterials, which calls for the application of the precautionary principle. The resolution states that application of the precautionary principle is necessary to avoid “past mistakes [made] with putatively ‘miracle’ technologies and materials. According to ETUC, the number of workers coming into… 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

First Annual Nanotechnology Safety for Success Dialogue Held in October

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
On October 25-26, 2007, the European Commission (EC) held the First Annual Nanotechnology Safety for Success Dialogue. Presentations included: Food applications of nanoscience and nanotechnologies — Ms. Sue O’Hagan, Confederation of the Food and Drink Industries of the European Union (CIAA); Consumer products applications of nanoscience and nanotechnologies — Dr. Michael Holman, Lux Research; Health applications… 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

European Commission Publishes Results of Intellectual Property Rights Workshop

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On May 10, 2007, the European Commission (EC) announced the availability of the results of its April 16, 2007, workshop on intellectual property rights (IPR) in nanotechnology. The objective of the workshop was to identify specific IPR issues for nanotechnology and to discuss possible consequences for patent offices, policy makers, patent consultants, and the research community.… Continue Reading

PEN Releases LCA Report

Posted in Environmental Issues, EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On March 20, 2007, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN) released a report entitled Nanotechnology and Life Cycle Assessment: A Systems Approach to Nanotechnology and the Environment, which summarizes the results of the October 2-3, 2006, workshop organized by PEN and the European Commission on life cycle assessment (LCA). LCA is… Continue Reading