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News & Alerts

French National Plan for Human Health and the Environment looks at Nanomaterials

The French Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, Ms. Ségolène Royal, and the Minister of Social Affairs, Health and Women's Rights, Ms. Marisol Touraine, have released the third ‘National Plan for the Health and the Environment’ (3ème Plan National Santé Environnement - PNSE3)

France releases Second Report on the Registration of Nanomaterials

Launched in 2013, the French mandatory reporting scheme for nanomaterials that are produced or imported in France has achieved a second round of registration on 1 June 2014; the authorities now published a report on the results of this exercise

Updated ECHA CoRAP Testing List contains 3 new Nanomaterials

ECHA has published a draft of its annual update of the Community Rolling Action Plan (CoRAP). The plan, covering the 2015-2017 period, contains 65 newly selected substances alongside 69 that were included in the previous plan; four of the substances in the list are either nanomaterials or are commonly applied as nanomaterials

Proposed US EPA Nano-specific Rulings for TSCA re-emerge

In 2009 the US EPA initiated work on nano-specific rules under the Toxic Substances Control Act; two notices of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) were later submitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). After four years, the original 2010 NPRMs have been withdrawn by the EPA, and a new NPRM was proposed to the OMB in October 2014

ECHA outlines its 2015 Work Programme

ECHA has announced its Work Programme 2015, outlining how it plans to work on various different areas of chemicals regulation, including nanomaterials. The final plan will be implemented following approval by the Budgetary Authority of the European Union, and ‘should the total revenue or authorised staff figures differ significantly from the current estimates, the Work Programme will be adjusted accordingly’

EC JRC publishes second in Series of Reports looking toward the Review of the Recommended Definition

The EC JRC has published a report, entitled Towards a review of the EC Recommendation for a definition of the term ‘nanomaterial’ – Part 2: Assessment of collected information concerning the experience with the definition. It builds on the first report in the series, which presented a compilation of information received on how stakeholders found using the EC recommended definition

NIA EXCLUSIVE Report - NIA Involvement in Research Projects: 2014 Update

NIA has published NIA's Involvement in Research Projects: 2014 Update​. The aim of this report is to therefore provide a concise overview of the work that NIA has done in research projects since its foundation. Summaries are provided for projects that are both currently ongoing and that have been completed in the past

US NIST develops World’s Smallest Reference Material

US NIST recently issued ‘the smallest known reference material ever created’, RM 8027. RM 8027 ‘consists of five hermetically sealed ampoules containing one millilitre of silicon nanoparticles – all certified to be close to 2 nanometres in diameter – suspended in toluene’

Interactive Tool explaining the safe Use of Nanomaterials in Car Workshops launched

A virtual classroom has been launched that ‘allows its users to gather important on [the] safe handling of nanomaterials’ in a car workshop. According to its developers the St. Gallen Innovation Society, ‘the emphasis of the “Nanorama Car Workshop” is on the handling of products containing nanomaterials and on work processes that can lead to the formation of ultra-fine particles’