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ECHA consults CARACAL on Nanomaterial Draft Guidance for Grouping and Read Across

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has released a public version of the draft Guidance on recommendations for nanomaterials applicable to QSARs and grouping of chemicals sent for CARACAL consultation, the Competent Authorities for REACH and CLP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

NANoREG and ProSafe Industry Meeting 31 January

On 31 January, the two EU projects NANoREG and ProSafe will have a dedicated industry meeting to present and discuss some of the reports produced. 

The aim of the meeting is to present and discuss several of the main outcomes and reports from these two large EU projects on Nanomaterials Health and Safety. Both these projects are coming to an end in the first half of 2017 and many of the outcomes, reports and deliverables are of high relevance for industries working with nanomaterials/nanotechnologies. 

Nano TiO2 enters European List of UV Filters Allowed in Cosmetic Products

The European Commission amended the Regulation on Cosmetic Products (1223/2009) which sets safety and marketing rules for cosmetics in the European Union to add nano titanium dioxide to the list of authorised UV filters (Annex VI).

Nanoparticles of titanium dioxide are known for their increased effectiveness in filtering ultraviolet irradiation and their transparent aspect, for this reason they are an ideal candidate for skin protection products.