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News & Alerts

Danish NGO outlines Concerns over Nanomaterials in new e-Book
The Danish Ecological Council has published a report, entitled Chemicals in Politics and Everyday Life – EU’s Chemical Regulation REACH, Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, Nanomaterials and Cocktail Effects. The report contains describes the regulatory landscape around nanomaterials, and highlights its concerns over the materials
UN Agency ILO uses Nano as Example of Safety Concerns associated with Emerging Technologies
The International Labour Organization has published Safety and Health in the Use of Chemicals at Work for the world day for safety and health at work, which takes place today. It notes that ‘the rate of innovation and research regarding the development and use of chemicals is rapid, but the pace of investigating the safety and health aspects of...
ECHA publishes Safety Assessment “Best practice” for Nano REACH Registrants
ECHA has published the a report entitled Human health and environmental exposure assessment and risk characterisation of nanomaterials: Best practice for REACH registrants. Its contents are based on findings from the third and final meeting of a group it convened, the Group Assessing Already Registered Nanomaterials (GAARN)
Belgium ratifies National Nano Reporting Scheme
The Belgian Council of Ministers has validated the country’s mandatory nanomaterial reporting scheme. This will require companies who put substances and mixtures containing nanomaterials on the Belgian market to register their materials. An evaluation is set to be run on whether products containing the materials will also need to be registered
ISO publishes second Part of Nanotechnology Occupational Risk Management Standard
ISO has made available for purchase ISO/TS 12901-2: 2014. Published by TC/229, this standard ‘describes the use of a control banding approach for controlling the risks associated with occupational exposures to nano-objects, and their aggregates and agglomerates greater than 100nm (NOAA), even if knowledge regarding their toxicity and quantitative...
New US NIOSH Publication on Current Strategies for Nanomaterial Engineering Controls
US NIOSH has released a document entitled Current Strategies for Engineering Controls in Nanomaterial Production and Downstream Handling Processes
NIA unveils its Regulatory Monitoring Database
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.
EC Commissioner explains that Precautionary Principle underpins several Regulations on Nano
In a response to a question on whether the ‘[…] precautionary principle should be taken in view of the proven toxicity of nanomaterials’, the EC Commissioner for the Environment stated that, in fact, the precautionary principle already provides the foundation for a number of EC regulations; namely for REACH, and for the Cosmetics Regulation
EC Evaluation considers identifying Safety Issues of Nanotech a main Challenge for OHS
The EC has begun a consultation on its new occupational safety and health (OSH) policy framework. This framework will be influenced by its Staff Working Document (SWD) Evaluation of the European Strategy 2007-2012 on health and safety at work, which states that ‘[…] identifying the health and safety risks of new or emergent risks […]’ such as...
OECD undertaking Nano Work Safety Project
The OECD is examining ‘whether industrial uses of nanomaterials raise safety issues not addressed by existing guidelines or regulatory systems’. Among the issues that will be looked at is whether national and EU regulations on chemical accident prevention need changing
US EPA Carbon Nanotube Ruling to come into Effect in July 2013
The US EPA has announced that it is ‘promulgating SNURs under the TSCA for 15 chemical substances’. One of these substances is ‘functionalized Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes (MWCNTs)’. The ruling will be effective from 8 July 2013
EU Scientific Committees want Risk Assessment to be more applicable to Risk Management
The EU’s Scientific Committees have published an opinion calling for risk assessors to make their work more appropriate for risk management. The report, Making Risk Assessment more Relevant for Risk Management, was published with policy-makers and risk managers in mind
Dutch Ministry releases Reports from Nano Meeting; NIA provides Comments
The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment has published documents summarising the findings of its recently held Building Blocks for Completing EU Regulation of Nanomaterials conference. This event was attended by NIA; it has provided comments on the outcomes of the event for the article Nanomaterials data insufficient, concludes...
L'Oreal looking for Collaborators to test alternative Method for assessing Nanomaterials in the Workplace
L'Oreal recently proposed a risk assessment method for nanomaterials that it believes provides a good alternative to current ones, which have 'not been found suitable at both [the] research and [the] industrial scale'. It is looking for collaborators who would be willing to learn about this method, test it, and provide feedback to the company
UK HSE publishes Guidance Document for using Nanomaterials at Work
The UK's HSE has released guidance on 'how to control occupational exposure to manufactured nanomaterials in the workplace'. Entitled Using nanomaterials at work: Including carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and other biopersistent high aspect ratio nanomaterials (HARNs), the document 'has been prepared in response to emerging evidence about the toxicity of...
nanoMICEX project publishes first Newsletter
The EU FP7 project nanoMICEX (Mitigation of Risk and Control of Exposure in Nanotechnology-based Inks and Pigments) has published its first newsletter
Project looks at the particulars of using Nanotechnology in Furniture
EU-OSHA has published the results of the Nano in Furniture project. These results are mainly for 'practitioners,...social partners at company level, social partner organisations at national level, safety experts and prevention institutions'
OECD Business Advisory Committee publishes Nanotech Vision Paper
The Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) of the OECD has released its 2013 vision paper on nanotechnology. In it BIAC also reiterated its aim for 'OECD business[es] [to] continue to promote the responsible development of nanotechnology'
NIA provides Comments on US NIOSH Consultation on nano-Silver
The NIA has responded to the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's (NIOSH) request for information on nano-silver. Its main suggestion is for the agency 'to avoid redundancy' by taking into account 'all the results of the OECD'
US OSHA publishes Fact Sheet on Safe Working Practices when using Nanomaterials
The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a short document providing 'basic information to workers and employers on the most current understanding of potential hazards associated [with nanomaterials]...and highlights measures to control exposure...in the workplace'