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Posted on 21 Apr 2015
The European Commission’s Scientific Committee for Consumer Safety (SCCS) met for a plenary meeting on 25 March 2015. In this meeting, the Committee finalised an opinion on MBBT used in cosmetic products. It concluded that this substance is safe for use in cosmetic products under certain conditions
Posted on 8 Apr 2015
NIA invites its Members to contribute to the Association's reply to the calls for information issued by the European Commission Directorate General for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROWTH) in the framework of the Regulation on Cosmetic Products 1223/2009
Posted on 8 Apr 2015
In the framework of the Regulation on Cosmetic Products 1223/2009, the European Commission Directorate General for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROWTH) has published calls for information on three nanomaterials used as ingredients in cosmetics
Posted on 9 Dec 2014
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...
EC SCCS adopts Opinion on Clarification of Term “sprayable applications/products” used in Nanomaterial Opinions
Posted on 23 Sep 2014
The EC SCCS has adopted an opinion in relation to the EC’s request for clarification of the meaning of the term ‘sprayable applications/products’ used in three nanomaterial-related opinions. The Committee is accepting comments on this opinion until 10 November 2014
Posted on 22 Sep 2014
An article published by Bloomberg BNA has quoted NIA Director-General Dr Steffi Friedrichs on the way in which the nanotechnology industries are being affected by regulatory developments worldwide. The article juxtaposes the view of a recently released OECD report with the view expressed by Dr Friedrichs in a webinar she recently presented at
Posted on 11 Sep 2014
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....
OECD publishes Results of Questionnaire on 2010-2011 Regulatory Regimes for Manufactured Nanomaterials
Posted on 4 Sep 2014
The OECD has published the 42nd item in its Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials, entitled Report of the Questionnaire on Regulatory Regimes for Manufactured Nanomaterials 2010-2011. The questionnaire was administered by the OECD WPMN, and ‘contained four sections related to the oversight of nanomaterials in various OECD...
Posted on 18 Aug 2014
NIA Member BASF’s Tinosorb A2B has become the first UV filter ‘to be included in the positive list (Annex VI) of the new EU Cosmetics Regulation’. The product, which contains ‘particle sizes smaller than 100 nanometres’, was approved after assessment by the EC SCCS. “After a long approval process we are delighted that we are now allowed to bring...
Posted on 14 Jul 2014
France's INRS has released a guidance document that aids in the identification of nanomaterials in the workplace. The report provides a summary of occupational health and safety (OHS) knowledge related to nanomaterials
Posted on 26 Jun 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
Posted on 25 Jun 2014
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]’
Non-Specialist Summary of EC Scientific Opinion on Nano Titanium Dioxide Use in Sunscreens published
Posted on 24 Jun 2014
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
Posted on 24 Jun 2014
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...
Posted on 30 May 2014
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
Posted on 15 May 2014
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Posted on 9 Apr 2014
NIA recently participated in a technical workshop discussing the European Commission recommendation on the definition of nanomaterial (2011/696/EU). The NIA meeting report from this meeting is now available for NIA Members
Posted on 17 Mar 2014
A study recently publishes by the German UBA has concluded that ‘the creation of [a] horizontal European register of products containing nanomaterials, which is buil[t] on present substance- and product-related regulations, is preferable to a separate register’. Their findings indicate that a register making use of existing regulatory obligations...
Posted on 25 Feb 2014
Experts from the ICCR have stated that ‘the existing risk assessment paradigm (based on exposure assessment, hazard identification and hazard characterization followed by risk characterization), in use for conventional chemicals, is also applicable to nanomaterials’. This is contained in the report Safety Approaches to Nanomaterials in Cosmetics,...
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Consultation - EC SCCS Request for Information on Nano Silica - DEADLINE: 15 May 2014
Posted on 14 Feb 2014
The EC SCCS has received a request from the EC to investigate the use of certain nano silica materials in cosmetics. The SCCS has in turn asked stakeholders to provide them with relevant information. NIA intends to respond to this call for informaton on behalf of its Members