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.
The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission published a new paper this month, Nanomaterials for products and application in agriculture, feed and food, which evaluates how nanomaterials are currently used in agricultural production, animal feed, food processing, food additives and food contact materials. The report was conducted at the request of the European Food Safety Authority so regulators can better understand the scope of nanomaterial applications today and in development.
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.
On 19 May 2016, the Scientific Committee of the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) has adopted an opinion identifying priority topics for the development of risk assessment guidance in the years 2016-2018.
The German Environment Protection Agency (Umweltbundesamt) has recently released a background note entitled Nanomaterials in the environment –Current state of knowledge and regulations on chemical safety - Recommendations of the German Environment Agency.