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NANOGENTOOLS publishes first Newsletter and launches a Survey on Nanomaterial Safety Management and the Safe-By-Design Concept

The Horizon 2020 NANOGENTOOLS project, dedicated to supporting nanotechnology industries with their work on nanosafety, has developed its first newsletter after a year of Research and Innovation Staff Exchange.

ECHA Board of Appeals rules in favour of Industry and annuls Decision requiring Information on nanoforms of TiO2

The Board of Appeal of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has released a Decision annulling a 2014 Decision requiring additional information on titanium dioxide (TiO2) substance identity as well as a list of phases, forms and surface treatments for sub-pigmentary (i.e. nano) forms.

This decision was first contested in September 2014. The appeal opposed a consortium of titanium dioxide manufacturers to ECHA, supported by the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy.

ECHA consults CARACAL on Nanomaterial Draft Guidance for Grouping and Read Across

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has released a public version of the draft Guidance on recommendations for nanomaterials applicable to QSARs and grouping of chemicals sent for CARACAL consultation, the Competent Authorities for REACH and CLP (CARACAL) are now invited to comment upon this text. 

The deadline for the consultation is 20 February 2017.