On 1 January 2013 France launched its mandatory reporting scheme for substances at the nanoscale that are produced or imported into France. A report, entitled Elements from the Declarations of Substances at Nanoscale, was published by the Ministry of the Environment and analyses the results of the first round of this registration
The Danish EPA has informed the EC of a ‘draft Order on a register of mixtures and articles that contain nanomaterials as well as the requirement for manufacturers and imports to report to the register’. In its notification the Danish EPA states that ‘it is becoming clear that many nano product uses do not pose a risk to consumers and the environment'
The Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) today launched its Regulatory Monitoring Database. This Database is a comprehensive tool that allows its users to monitor nano-specific regulations and standards around the world.
Meeting in a plenary session in Strasbourg, France, on 22 October 2013, the European Parliament voted on the Regulation on Medical Devices (2012/0266/COD). The Parliament amended some articles relating to nanomaterials used in medical devices
Swedish Government Official Reports has published a National Action Plan for the safe use and handling of Nanomaterials. The authors consider Sweden's current regulatory framework ‘inadequate and not at all applicable to nanomaterials’, and therefore propose a national action plan that will ‘utilise the opportunities that nanomaterials provide while simultaneously minimising the risks to human health and the environment’
Environment Agency Austria (Umweltbundesamt), which is responsible for the Study for the Review of the List of Restricted Substances under the directive on the on the Restriction of the use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS2) Directive, will organise a third stakeholder meeting on this study on 28 October 2013
The OECD has published the results of a 2011 online survey on the ‘methodologies and tools used to assess the risk of chemicals to children’s health’. The questionnaire was taken on behalf of ‘governments, universities, industry'
The governing council of the OECD has recommended that countries ‘apply the existing international and national chemical regulatory frameworks or other management systems’ to ensure the safe use of manufactured nanomaterials. The body does note, however, that these systems may need to be ‘adapted to take into account the specific properties of manufactured nanomaterials’
The European Commission recently launched a public consultation on how REACH’s Annexes could be best modified to accommodate nanomaterials. NIA responded on behalf of its Members, stating its preference for option 5 ‘as this favours European competitiveness and innovation’
The EC has published a draft that amends Regulation 1169/2011 governing the provision of food information to consumers. Most crucially the change means that the EC’s recommended definition will be used by the newly-revised regulation, and consequently certain food additives, which were qualified as ‘nano’, may no longer categorised as such
The OECD has made publicly available a report on a workshop it held on nano-LCA in September 2011. The workshop intended to ‘initiate an international dialogue between the OECD WPMN and experts from the scientific, policy and regulated communities with experience in LCA' and made several conclusions ‘relevant for the subsequent work of the OECD Programme on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials’
The US CRS recently published a report describing the work of the country’s NNI and outlining what areas could be worked on by the 113th US Congress. Potential changes are principally centred on the reauthorisation of the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act of 2003
Australia’s NICNAS has made available an electronic handbook to provide information on meeting ‘requirements for minimising effects upon the health of the public, workers and the environment’. Intended for importers and manufacturers, the guide contains a section on nanomaterials
Brazil’s Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) and the country’s Council of Scientific and Technological Knowledge (CNPq) have agreed to conduct activities related to the monitoring of health effects of materials. Among those included are nanotechnologies, about which they also intend to debate the need for any regulations
The new Regulation on Biocidal products (EU) No 528/2012 is applicable from 1 September 2013. The Biocidal Product Regulation (BPR) is the first piece of EU legislation to implement the Commission definition on nanomaterials
A recently published article has called upon Malaysia’s ‘policy makers and technocrats […] to wake up, smell the coffee, and clear the way for [the] nanotech ecosystem to grow’. It states that the ‘potential impact [of the technology] on Malaysia’s core industries is immense, if […] properly harnessed’
US EPA has made ‘available for public comment a proposed decision to register a nanosilver-containing antimicrobial product’. Named ‘Nanosilva’, the product releases ‘at most, exceedingly small amounts of silver’, and the agency ‘determined that [it] will not cause unreasonable adverse effect on people, including children, or the environment’
The Canadian Department of the Environment has issued a Significant New Activity (SNAC) notice for MWCNTs due to concerns about its toxicity. Those intending to do an activity described by the notice must provide required information to the authorities at least 90 days before starting it
Brazil’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) has officially launched a national Nanotechnology Initiative (IBN). This is ‘a set of actions that aims to create, integrate and strengthen governmental activities and the agents anchored in nanoscience and nanotechnology, in order to promote scientific and technological development of the sector'