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News & Alerts

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

In 2009 the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) initiated work on nano-specific rules under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA); 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 After four years, the original 2010 NPRMs have been withdrawn by the EPA, and a new NPRM was proposed to the OMB in October 2014

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’

Article on Belgian Nano Register Questions its Legality

An article written by a legal expert has raised the question of how compatible the upcoming Belgian nano register is with EU law, and even with Belgian administrative law. The main areas of contention are reported to be in whether it impedes the ‘freedom of movement’ of goods in the EU, and the definition of ‘substance manufactured at [the] nanoscale’ that underpins the register

Five new Nano PMNs received by US EPA

The US EPA has published a list of the substances it had received pre-manufacture notices (PMN) for in the period April 2014 to June 2014. Five of these were for nanomaterials

US EPA requests Public Comments on Nanomaterial Wastewater Discharge

The US EPA will, as part of its 2014 Annual Review of industrial wastewater discharges, ‘report on a methodology and interim findings of its investigation into the environmental toxicity and industrial wastewater discharge of nanomaterials’. It has requested that stakeholders and the public provide it with any relevant information by 17 November 2014

EC SCCS to discuss numerous Nano Issues at next Plenary

EC SCCS will hold its 7th plenary meeting on 23 September 2014. According to the agenda, the committee will discuss a new request ‘for clarification on the meaning of the term “sprayable applications/products” for the nano forms of Carbon Black CI77266, TiO2 and ZnO’, and the status of draft opinions on nano-silica and nano-hydroxyapatite. Furthermore new nano-TiO2 information submitted by industry will be brought up, as will clarification on the form of a UV filter

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. contributes to new Book on Nanotechnology

NIA Member Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. has announced that it has contributed a chapter to a new book, entitled Biointeractions of Nanomaterials. The book ‘covers a wide range of issues associated with the safety of nanomaterials in biological systems’