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News & Alerts

EC SCCS requests Information on Nano Silica in Cosmetics
The EC's SCCS has received a request by the EC to investigate the use of silica in nano. In turn the SCCS has invited interested third parties to submit relevant information that could assist the committee in providing the Commission with an opinion by 31 May 2014
News Sources cover NIA Members Consultation on EC SCCS Carbon Black Opinion
The EC's SCCS published an opinion on the nano-form of Carbon Black on 12 December 2013, following its 4th plenary meeting. NIA invited its Members to provide their opinions on both this and a memorandum on the Relevance and Quality of Data in Safety Dossiers on Nanomaterials by 14 Feb 2014; this NIA consultation was reported by both Cosmetics...
NIA Members Consultation – SCCS draft opinons on Carbon Black and Memorandum of Data Quality – Deadline 14 February 2014
The EC SCCS adopted on 12 December 2013 two opinions related to nanomaterials. NIA Members are invited to provide any input and comments they have in relation to the two drafts to NIA no later than 14 February 2014
Israel drafts EU-like Cosmetics Regulation
On 23 Oct 2013 Israel notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade of its intention to develop an EU-like cosmetics regulation
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.
NIA Symposium - Grouping & Read-Across for Nanomaterials + NIA AGM
NIA is hosting a workshop on 'Grouping & Read-Across for Nanomaterials', to be held in Brussels (Belgium) on 26 Nov 2013. It will be followed by the Association's Annual General Meeting (attendance for NIA Members only)
Update: EC SCCS Nano Opinions open for Consultation
The EC's SCCS recently released opinions for three nano-forms of substances: titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, and MBBT. These opinions have been opened up for comments and the aim is for '[...] applicants and other interested parties to provide limited additional perspective and/or clarification on the evaluation, interpretation, and incorporation of...
Brazilian Authorities agree on Surveillance of Health Effects of Nano
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
NIA Member makes it easier for Users to learn about its Products
CAN GmbH, an NIA Members, has recently launched a sub-page which summarises the different products within its CANdots product range. The company focuses on the utilisation of new concepts within nanochemistry, particularly in the fields of material science, life science, and personal care
Brazilian Bill to regulate Nanomaterials shelved; another one in the Works
The Brazilian Senate recently decided to reject a proposal to establish labelling requirements for food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products. Bill PLS 131/2010 was first proposed in 2010
UK Environment Agency announces Creation of national Nano Business Database
The UK’s Environment Agency has revealed that it has compiled a database of the ‘[…] main users and producers of nanomaterials in the UK’. Announced in the 2012-2013 review of the agency’s Chemical Compliance Team, the work had been carried out on behalf of Defra
EC SCCS addresses Questions over the use of three Nanomaterials as UV Filters
The EC's SCCS has recently made available three documents related to the use of nanomaterials as UV filters in cosmetic products. One is an opinion on nano-TiO2; one is an addendum to its opinion on nano-ZnO; and one is a revision of its opinion on the nano form of MBBT
EC SCCS slams quality of Nanomaterial safety Dossiers in Cosmetics
The EC's SCCS has strongly criticised the quality of safety dossiers on nanomaterials that it has recently looked at. The issue was specifically raised in its Memorandum on Scientific Evaluations and Opinions to be adopted by the SCCS
Labelling of Nanomaterials in Cosmetic Products in the EU now mandatory
From 11 July 2013 the presence of nanomaterials in cosmetic products sold in the European Union shall be indicated on the ingredients list. The name of any ingredients in the nanoform now have to 'be followed by the word “nano” in brackets’
UAE set to label Nanomaterials in Cosmetic Ingredients
A WTO notification has revealed that the UAE is to create regulations cosmetics and personal care products. Reports indicate that the draft regulation ‘[...] contains a requirement for companies to label cosmetic products containing nanomaterials’
NIA EXCLUSIVE Document: NIA Briefing on Nanoscale Materials in the Australian Regulation of Sunscreen Products
'In Australia, three authorities share the responsibility of enforcing regulatory control over sunscreens. Together with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) operate the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)'
US ANSI Nanotechnology Standards Panel urges action on Problems caused by multiple Nano Definitions
A draft meeting report of the ANSI Nanotechnology Standards Panel has stated that ‘stakeholders struggle to stay up to date with various regulatory requirements that each rely on a different definition for nanomaterials’. It therefore emphasised that ‘consistent terminology is a critical need for not only enhancing commerce but understanding the...
NIA Members EXCLUSIVE - Presentation on 'Can Nanoparticles migrate from Food Contact Plastics into Foods?'
A study presented at an event hosted and attended by MEPs has concluded that ‘nanomaterials in food packaging do not migrate to food’. The presentation, Can nano particles migrate from food contact plastics into foods?, also stated that ‘a more risk-based approach to safety research offers far more clarity than labelling alone’
Minutes from EC SCCS Nanomaterials in Cosmetics Working Group now available
Minutes from the 28th meeting of the Nanomaterials in Cosmetic Products Working Group (WG) have been released. They reveal that the European Commission (EC) has requested that the group provide criteria to 'identify nanomaterials of concern', and that the WG is now looking at carbon black as well as titanium dioxide and S79
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Consultation: Health Canada Sunscreen Monograph
The Health and Food Branch of Health Canada published in November 2012 a 'Draft Guidance Document: Sunscreen Monograph'. The guidance document notes that supplementary information needs to be collected and made available on request by manufacturers who include nanomaterials in their products.