News & Alerts

News & Alerts

Publications from the ILSI NanoRelease Food Additive Project now freely available
The ILSI NanoRelease Food Additive Project, in which NIA participates, has recently published five scientific publications in the journal Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety. An earlier publication had been published in April 2014 in ACS nano
New OECD Brochure illustrates how Work on using Manufactured Nanomaterials sustainably in Tyres contributes to Green Growth
The OECD has released a brochure entitled Green growth: chemical safety and biosafety. In it the organisation provides a case-study on ‘the sustainability of the use of manufactured nanomaterials in tyres’ that was carried out as part of the OECD’s Chemical Safety and Biosafety Programme
Canada endorses OECD Recommendations on Safety Assessment of Manufactured Nanomaterials
In the latest issue of Canada’s Chemicals Management Plan Progress Report, the country ‘has endorsed a recommendation from the OECD’ on the safety testing and assessment of manufactured nanomaterials. The report also reveals that ‘the Canada-US RCC Nanotechnology Initiative is now complete’
Nanotechnology Policy and Regulation Timeline published
Canada’s Institute for Science, Society and Policy has published Timeline: Nanotechnology – Policy and Regulation in Canada, Australia, the European Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The timeline ‘outlines important events related to nanotechnology policy and regulation…with an emphasis on developments since 2000’
US EPA issues SNURs for two Carbon Nanotube Substances; receives multiple Nano Pre-Manufacture Notices
The US EPA has today announced Significant New Use Rulings (SNUR) for 13 chemical substances, and revealed that from 23 May 2013 to 30 September 2013 it received 249 Pre-Manufacutre Notices (PMN). Two of the SNURs apply to carbon nanotube (CNT) substances, and ten of the PMNs received are for nanomaterials
OECD-ISO Joint Meeting Report highlights Need for Updates to OECD Test Guidelines
The OECD has released a new document, Report of the OECD Expert Meeting on the Physical Chemical Properties of Manufactured Nanomaterials and Test Guidelines. The meeting, which brought together members of the OECD WPMN and ISO TC/229, was attended by NIA. The report presents an overview of ‘the discussion and recommendations derived from the...
Swedish NGO publishes Report on Opportunities and Challenges of Nanotechnology
A Swedish NGO, the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC), has published a report entitled Managing the unseen – opportunities and challenges with nanotechnology. The report calls for Sweden to develop a ‘national strategy for dealing with the safety of nanomaterials’ as well as ‘a national inventory system’ for nano containing products
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Nano-Silver should be regulated no differently than Regular Silver, says Swiss EMPA Study
The Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) recently carried out a study that observed that ‘textiles treated with ‘conventional’ silver have equal or greater propensity to form nano-silver particles during washing conditions than those treated with ‘nano’-silver’. The researchers therefore concluded that this ‘...
EC publishes Draft Reports of the Impact Assessment on Transparency Measures for Nanomaterials
Ahead of the EC's validation workshop on transparency measures for nanomaterials that will be held on 30 June 2014 in Brussels, three draft reports of the Study to Assess the Impact of Possible Legislation to Increase Transparency on Nanomaterials on the Market have been made public
NIA EXCLUSIVE Document: NIA Status Update on European Regulations - June 2014
NIA has compiled an exclusive Members report giving a short and concise description and status update on EU regulations that have included specific provisions related to nanotechnology, and on regulations that are indirectly applicable to nanomaterials
EC SCCS to assess Use of nanoscale Hydroxyapatite in Cosmetics
The EC has requested that the SCCS investigate ‘the use of Hydroxyapatite in nano form’ in cosmetic products. The EC’s concerns are over ‘the potential for nanoparticles of Hydroxyapatite to be absorbed and enter into the cells [of the body]’
Project demonstrates Feasibility of producing certified Nano Reference Material for Food
A paper has been published detailing a ‘proof of principle exercise’ on ‘producing reference materials for the detection and quantification of silica nanoparticles in food’. The paper, Production of reference materials for the detection and size determination of silica nanoparticles in tomato soup, was written by partners of the EC FP7 NanoLyse...
US FDA publishes Nanotechnology Guidance for Industry Documents
Implementing the recommendations from its 2007 Nanotechnology Task Force Report, the US FDA published on 24 June 2014 three final guidance documents as well as one draft guidance document for nanotechnology applications in regulated products, including cosmetics and food substances. The documents ‘reflect the FDA’s current thinking’ and contain...
Non-Specialist Summary of EC Scientific Opinion on Nano Titanium Dioxide Use in Sunscreens published
The EC has published a summary of the opinion on the use of titanium dioxide in sunscreens that ‘can be easily understood by non-specialists’. It is a summary of an opinion that was produced by the SCCS in July 2013
US NNI publishes Progress Review on Implementation of EHS Research Strategy
The US NNI has provided an overview of the progress it has made on its 2011 EHS Research Strategy. The strategy was developed by the National Science and Technology Council Committee on Technology’s (NSET) Subcommittee’s Nanotechnology Environmental and Health Implications (NEHI) Working Group
EC and European Experts meet to discuss Revisions to rejected Nano Food Labelling Regulation
EC and EU Member State representatives today discussed at an Expert Group meeting a revised draft of a Commission Delegated Regulation on the provision of food information to consumers. The discussion focused on ‘transitional measures, and the interaction with novel foods/cosmetics/review of Commission recommendation of the definition of ‘...
Danish Nano Product Register Order comes into Effect Today
The Danish Ministry of the Environment has signaled that the country’s order on the register of mixtures and products containing nanomaterials come into effect today. The first reporting to the nano-product register has to be carried out by 30 August 2015, for the period between 20 June 2014 and 20 June 2015
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EC SCENIHR publishes final Opinion on Nanosilver
EC SCENIHR has published its final opinion on the risk assessment of nanosilver in Nanosilver: safety, health and environmental effects and role in antimicrobial resistance. The Committee was asked by the EC ‘whether the use of nanosilver, in particular in medical care and in consumer products, could result in additional risks compared to more...