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News & Alerts

NIA Members Consultation: High-level NIA Panel Appearance on the European Commission 2nd Regulatory Review Workshop
The Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) has been invited to present the NIA's opinion on the topic 'Why is existing regulation sufficient to ensure safe use of nanomaterials and what can industry do to generate trust?' as part of a high-level panel including European Commission officials.
EC SCCS revises Zinc Oxide Opinion following Comments
Minutes from the 27th meeting of the ‘Nanomaterials in Cosmetic Products Working Group (WG) have been released. It reveals that the zinc oxide opinion published earlier in 2012 had been ‘amended where found appropriate’ following a commenting period
Meeting Notes from 16th Plenary Meeting of EC SCCS now available
A report has recently been published summarising the discussions held as part of the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety’s (SCCS) 16th plenary meeting. The committee adopted an opinion on the nano-form of zinc oxide following a request
EC SCCS includes nano-specific Material in Update of its Cosmetics Testing Guidance Notes
The European Commission’s (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) has released an updated version of its Notes of Guidance for the testing of Cosmetic Substances and their Safety Evaluation. This 8th revision to the notes contains a brand new section on nanomaterials
EC SCCS publishes revised version of nanoform Zinc Oxide Opinion; overall Conclusion remains mostly the same
The EC SCCS has updated its zinc oxide opinion to include comments received on the subject. Nevertheless the following conclusion remains the same: 'on the basis of available evidence...the use of ZnO nanoparticles with the characteristics as indicated...can be considered not to pose a risk of adverse effects in humans after dermal application'
Health Canada considers nano Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide safe to use in Sunscreens
Health Canada has published a draft of its Guidance Document: Sunscreen Monograph. This document 'identifies the permitted ingredients' for sunscreen products in the country, and describes 'the requirements necessary to receive marketing authorization'. Included amongst the ingredients listed are nanoscale zinc oxide and nanoscale titanium dioxide
Iran introduces Certification for Nano Foods and Health Products
Iran's Health Ministry has announced that food and health care products must now be certified in the country. Failure to do so will be 'considered illegal and...companies are liable to prosecution'
ASTM announces new Nanotechnology Standard for Nano-scale Biological Materials
ASTM has revealed a new nanotechnology standard that focuses on the zeta potential of biological materials. The standard, entitled E2865, Guide for Measurement of Electrophoretic Mobility and Zeta Potential of Nanosized Biological Materials, was developed by part of ASTM International Committee E56 on Nanotechnology
'Benefits of nano save Lives' says the European Commission
The EC has published their 2nd Regulatory Review on Nanomaterials. This comprises a Commission Communication and a SWP and follows up from the previous 2008 Communication. It explains that 'the benefits of nanomaterials range from saving lives, breakthroughs enabling new applications or reducing the environmental impacts to improving the function...
Minutes from EC SCCS Working Group Meeting now available
Minutes from the 25th meeting of the 'Nanomaterials in Cosmetic Products' Working Group (WG) have been released. The group was informed about the recent adoption of the ZnO (nano-form) opinion by the EC SCCS, who oversee the WG
EC SCCS Opinion on nanoform Zinc Oxide states that it is safe to apply to Skin; Comments due
The EC SCCS has published an opinion on the nano-form of zinc oxide (ZnO). The document states that, 'on the basis of available evidence...the use of ZnO nanoparticles with the characteristics as indicated...can be considered not to pose a risk of adverse effects in humans after dermal application'
Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety discusses modified ZnO Opinion
Minutes from the 24th meeting of the 'Nanomaterials in Cosmetic Products' Working Group (WG) have revealed that discussions were held on the additional work done for the group's zinc oxide opinion. The modifications follow the presentation of their opinion at a plenary session of the EC's SCCS earlier this year
EC asks for Expert Input into safety Assessment of Nanomaterials in Cosmetics
The EC has announced that it is looking for 'experts in nanotechnology in relation to the safety assessment of nanomaterials in cosmetic products' to work with its SCCS. The call has been made so that the EC can ensure it will meet the 'expected demand' for such assessments in due time
Swiss Organisation to coordinate EU FP7 Project ''SMART-NANO''
A new European Commission (EC) seventh Framework Program (FP7) project has been approved, and will receive EURO 3.5 million of funding
NGO lodges Complaint with Australian Securities Exchange in Nano Sunscreen Row
FoE Australia has contacted the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) over claims that a company producing materials for various sunscreens had not been 'transparent about the way it [had done] business'. In particular, the NGO is concerned that nanomaterials had been used but not declared
Article details NIA Comments on US FDA Draft Documents
An article published by Chemical Watch has highlighted comments recently submitted by the NIA to draft documents published by the US FDA
BEUC publishes Position Paper on planned Update of Cosmetics Nanomaterial Definition
BEUC has today released a position paper on the upcoming revision of the cosmetics nanomaterial definition; in it the body proposes that the 'scope and elements [for] which a definition for the term "nano-material" for cosmetics should comprise [is] based on the [European] Commission recommendation'. The paper 'outlines which elements such a...
NIA urges FDA to intensify the Support of internationally harmonised Efforts on the Interpretation of Nanomaterials
On 21 July 2012, ahead of the US FDA's 25 July deadline, the NIA submitted replies to the two Draft FDA Guidance documents that had been published by the FDA in April 2012
Survey indicates French Consumers not put off by Sunscreens containing Nanoparticles
A recently conducted study has revealed that almost 90% of French consumers are not 'sensitive to the presence of nanoparticles in solar protection creams'. The report also found that, in general, experts from the cosmetics industry did not share the views of their consumers when it came to how the public felt about issues related to sunscreens
ICCR discusses Nanomaterials at Meeting; set to release two Nanotechnology Documents
The US FDA has recently published a document detailing the results of the sixth annual meeting of the ICCR. The report, entitled International Cooperation on Cosmetics Regulation (ICCR): Outcomes of the Meeting Held July 10-13, 2012, states that discussion amongst the multinational delegation focused on, among other things, nanomaterials