News & Alerts

News & Alerts

EC proposes Nanomaterial Exemption to RoHS 2

The EC is intending to amend the restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS 2) regulation in order to create an exemption ‘for cadmium in illumination and display lighting applications’. It has been sent to the European Parliament and EU Council of Ministers for comments; if no opposition is made, the EC’s delegated directive will automatically come into effect

Nanomaterials added to EC approved List of Food Contact Materials

A regulation ‘amending and correcting’ EC Regulation 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food shows that three nanomaterials have been approved for such use. Furthermore another material has been amended to allow for the nanoform of it to be used

US EPA enacts SNUR for MWCNT-containing Dispersing Agent

The US EPA has issued a significant new use ruling for a polymer of terephthalic acid and ethyl benzene with multi-walled carbon nanotube (generic). The polymer has also been made subject to a US TSCA section 5(e) consent order as the Agency believes it to ‘present an unreasonable risk of injury to human health and the environment’

NIA underlines Position on Nano Registers in Magazine Article

A recent article by the ENDS Europe, entitled NGOs slam Commission’s nano register position, discussed comments made by a group of NGOs that ‘the Commission’s [working] conclusions [with regard to the transparency measures for nanomaterials] fail to provide the right balance between private and public interests’. NIA was asked for its comments on this matter by ENDS Europe

US EPA withdraws SNUR for Carbon Nanotube

The US EPA has withdrawn a direct final significant new use ruling (SNUR) for functionalized carbon nanotubes (generic). A notification about the SNUR coming into effect was published in late October 2014

NIA highlights Concerns over “Red Tape” for Nano in Magazine Interview

An interview with NIA’s Director of Advocacy, Dr David Carlander, has been featured in the latest issue of the magazine International Innovation. In it Dr Carlander discusses a number of topics, including nanophotonics, fuel storage solutions, the NIA symposium ‘Expert Analysis on Nano-Regulation and Policy: Staying Ahead of the Curve’, and various projects NIA is involved in

EC publishes Guidance for Workers and Employers on working safely with Manufactured Nanomaterials

Two separate guidance documents for those working with manufactured nanomaterials have been released by the EC. The first, Working Safely with Manufactured Nanomaterials, is aimed specifically at those handling the materials in the workplace; the second, Guidance on the protection of the health and safety of workers from the potential risks related to nanomaterials at work, is for employers

Swiss Nano Action Plan extended until 2019

An ‘action plan for synthetic nanomaterials’ that was developed by numerous Swiss Federal Offices has been extended until 2019. Adopted by the country’s Federal Council in April 2008, it ‘illustrates the work required in Switzerland for the safe handling of nanomaterials’

BASF discusses Grouping and Read-Across in ECHA Newsletter

The ECHA has interviewed Dr Robert Landsiedel, from NIA Member BASF, in the latest edition of its newsletter. In it Dr Landsiedel discusses ‘using read-across and categories to improve safety of nanomaterials’

Nanosilver Rinse-off Cosmetics to be excluded from receiving EU Ecolabel

The EC has passed a decision ‘establishing the ecological criteria for the award of the EU Ecolabel for rinse-off cosmetic products’ (2014/893/EU). Criteria for receiving the EU Ecolabel indicates that nanosilver may ‘not be included in the product [seeking the Ecolabel], neither as part of the formulation nor as part of any mixture in the formulation’