A publication in the French consumer protection magazine 60 Millions de Consommateurs on the unlabelled presence of titanium dioxide (TiO2, food additive E171) nanoparticles in food products has reopened the debate around nanomaterials in food in France.
The NGO Client Earth has filed a complaint with the EU Ombudsman on the late publication of the European Catalogue of Nanomaterials in Cosmetics, presented in June 2017, when the Regulation on Cosmetic Products had fixed the 11 January 2014 as the deadline for the publication of this catalogue.
The Board of Appeal of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has released two decision annulling a 2015 ECHA decision requiring additional information and data on Syntetic Amorphous Silica (SAS). The original decision was based on substance evaluation performed by The Netherlands Competent Authority where a number of requests were made.
The contested decision was adopted by ECHA in March 2015 . Two appeals were launched by two industry consortia of composed of 2 and 37 industries respectively.
ECHA has just launched the European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON). The EUON is a website in 23 EU languages that will aim to give citizens, workers and professionals access to information on nanomaterials on the EU market. The EUON will be launched in 3 steps, with additional information being made available at each step and is currently funded up until 2020.