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Revised Rule on Nanomaterials in the Trilogue Compromise Text for Medical Devices Regulation
On 15 June 2016, the three institutions of the European Union reached an agreement on the Regulation on Medical Devices. The Council, the European Parliament and the Commission had engaged in a trilogue procedure after the vote of the European Parliament in April 2014. In the tentatively agreed consolidated compromise text, the institutions of the...
Benefits of Nanomaterials in Sunscreen Far Outweighs Risk, finds Australian Study
The 'danger of excessive UV light...skin damage and cancer is far greater than the perceived risk posed by nano-sunscreens, which is not supported by the scientific literature' concludes a new, peer-reviewed analysis in the Medical Journal of Australia published this month. The report, authored by Paul Wright of RMIT University in Melbourne and...
Dialogue Explores Public Attitudes and Aspirations for Nanotechnology
'Honest, open and transparent' conversations about nanotechnology are necessary for public understanding and acceptance finds the report,  Understanding public perceptions of specific applications of nanotechnologies (Link auto-downloads PDF report), whose final version was published by the UK government last month. The report was the result of...
Report Finds No Food Safety Risk from Nanomaterials
Three prominent nanomaterials, silicion dioxide, titanium dioxide and nanosilver, pose no "significant health risk for food grade materials" while nanoclays and nanosilver do not 'migrate' when used in food packaging, according to new, peer-reviewed reports from Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), the government body responsible for food...
ECHA Publishes Report on Impacts of REACH and CLP
The European Chemicals Authority (ECHA) has published its second report on the implementation of REACH and Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) regulations since their initial introduction in 2005. These reports are issued every five years, with the first one published in 2011, and chronicle how the European Union and companies are...
UK Nanosafety Group Publishes Guide to Safe Workplace and Practices with Nanomaterials
The UK Nanosafety Partnership Group, a consortium of key experts in the field of nanotechnology, has issued the 2nd edition of their guide, Working Safely with Nanomaterials in Research and Development, which helps companies establish 'a safe workplace and good safety practice when working with particulate nanomaterials.' The new version includes...
REACH Guidance Moritorium will not Apply to Nano Updates
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) issued a clarification yesterday that ongoing REACH guidance documents, several of which address nanomaterials, will not be halted under the upcoming two-year 'moratorium' that was recently announced. Under this moratorium, ECHA was expected to pause any further updates to REACH in order to allow companies time...
EFSA Updating Nano Guidance and Developing New Guidelines for Nano in Agriculture
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will review their 2011 Guidance Document for risk assessment of nanomaterials in food following the recent passage of updated Novel Food legislation by the European parliament that requires EFSA determine whether best practices are being used. EFSA's Scientific Committee Chair said the updated review will...
NANoREG Harmonised Terminology for EHS Assessment of Nanomaterials is Released
As part of the NANoREG project financed by the European Commission (NIA is an active partner and work package leader in NANoREG), the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission has published the NANoREG Harmonised Terminology for Environmental Health and Safety Assessment of Nanomaterials. Following the idea that harmonised terminology...
ECHA Releases New Guidance on Nanoform Grouping and Hazard Assessment
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), in partnership with the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM), have issued a new publication providing guidance on nanoform grouping for hazard assessment.  The document, Usage of (eco)toxicological data for bridging data gaps between and...
European Court of Justice Affirms Legality of National Chemical Registries
This month, the European Court of Justice issued a ruling in Canadian Oil Company Sweden AB and Anders Rantén v Riksåklagaren, which affirmed the right of European Member States to create national product registries for imported chemicals. The Court found that 'neither the wording nor the objectives of the REACH regulation' prevented a Member...
National Physical Laboratory Launches Industry Survey on Nanomaterial Measurement
The National Physical Laboratory (NIA Member) issued a survey for stakeholders involved in nanomaterial analysis to help "shape the future measurement of Nanomaterials in the UK.' The survey's objective is to discover nanomaterial measurement needs and challenges across sectors, such as: Issues relating to product inspection Issues relating...
French NGO Consults Stakeholders on Nano in Water on behalf of Government
The French NGO Avicenn (Association de Veille et d'Information Civique sur les Enjeux des Nanosciences et des Nanotechnologies) is running a stakeholder consultation on nanomaterials in water [in French]. The consultation is open until 28 March 2016. The Avicenn consultation is supported by the National Office for Water and Acquatic Environments (...
European Economic and Social Committee outlines the Role of Nanotechnology for EU Competitiveness
On 24 February 2016, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) of the European Union published an 'own-initiative opinion' on ‘Nanotechnology for a competitive Chemical Industry’. The document calls for nanotechnology to "be more strongly reflected and supported in the EU's priorities" and declares "freedom in research and fewer...
French Healthcare Law requires Government Report on Nanomaterials in Medicines and Medical Devices
On 27 January 2016, the French government enacted the Law for the Modernisation of Our Healthcare System (Loi 2016-41 pour la Modernisation de notre Système de Santé). This law addresses many aspects of French healthcare including the fight against tobacco use, sexually transmitted diseases, medical devices and medicine safety and others. The new...
EFSA Publishes Safety Assessment of Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles
The European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA) has published an assessment of zinc oxide nanoparticles in food contact materials that recommends the European Commission reconsider safety migration levels (SMLs) to ensure they take into account dietary exposure from other sources. The authors found zinc oxide "does not migrate in nanoform" and focused...
Results of 2014 French Nanomaterial Registration made Public
On 23 February 2016, the French Ministry for the Environment, Energy and the Sea, released the 2015 Report of the national nanomaterial registration scheme ‘r-nano’ (in French). This report analyses the results of the registration of nanomaterial substances imported, manufactured or distributed in France in 2014. In 2014, 300 822 tons of...
NIA Director General Highlights Importance of Clear Regulations in Trade Publication
NIA's Director General, David Carlander, was interviewed for the trade publication, Chemistry World, this month on the new novel foods regulation update that was recently passed by the European Parliament. Dr Carlander highlighted the importance of clear regulations for the use of nanomaterials in food, and noted, while this the regulation is a...
Three New Cosmetics Regulation Updates Approved
At their 9 February meeting, the European Commission's Standing Committee on Cosmetic Products (Part of the DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs) approved three new amendments to the EU's cosmetics regulation (No 1223/2009), which update regulations on three substances: Carbon Black: Safe and authorised for use at a maximum...
OECD Publishes Evaluation of Nanomaterial Testing Methods
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released an 'Evaluation of Methods applied in the OECD-WPMN Testing Programme', the 65th publication in their 'Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials' publication series. The evaluation focuses specifically on endpoints and methods for testing nanomaterial's physico-chemical...