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ISO publishes two new Standards for Nanomaterials
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has released documentation for both the characterisation and measurement of nanoscale titanium dioxide and nanoform calcium carbonate. These standards detail ‘the basic characteristics…in powder form relevant for applications in nanotechnology’
Experts highlight downsides of the growing Number of Nanotechnology Patents
An article looking at developments in the nanotechnology patenting sector has highlighted reservations by some commentators over the potential formation of innovation-stifling patent ‘thickets’. Whilst the growth is seen mostly as a good thing, some commentators believe that it is stifling innovation
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The Health and Food Branch of Health Canada published in November 2012 a 'Draft Guidance Document: Sunscreen Monograph'.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.
Canada issues Significant New Activity Notices for two Nanomaterials
The Canadian Department of the Environment has published Significant New Activity Notices for nanoscale forms of aluminate, magnesium (2:1) and vanadate, magnesium (2:1). The reporting guidelines for both state that 'a significant new activity is...any use where the substance is engineered to contain particles of particle size 1 to 100 nanometres...
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.
Norwegian Government Agency makes Submission of Information on Nanoscale Substances mandatory
The Norwegian Climate and Pollution Agency (Klif) has changed the information requirements for chemicals registered with the Norwegian Product Register. It states that ‘information about substances in nano form must be given’. This news comes as the agency sends out letters requesting registrants to do their annual update of chemical information
French Environment Agency publishes Overview of nano Reporting Scheme
The French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy has published an overview of the mandatory nanomaterial reporting scheme which took effect on 1 January 2013. It provides a web address for where reporting must be done, questions and answers on the scheme, and states that submissions must be completed annually by 1 May
NIA Members Exclusive Consultation - Deadline: 15 February 2013
The US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has launched a 'Request for Information and Comment' of the scientific data on silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) to ascertain the potential health risks to workers and to identify gaps in knowledge'. The Consultation is open only to NIA Members.
EEB to intensify its Focus on Nanotechnology in 2013
The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) has published its work programme and budget for 2013. It states that it will ‘continue with the intensification of its work on nano’ as part of its ‘commitment to…working on a broad range of issues’
UN Expert Committee approves Nanomaterial Work Item
The UN's Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals has approved a work item to ‘review the applicability of the GHS to manufactured nanomaterials’. France, whose expert tabled the proposal, will lead the work item in the biennium 2013-14
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
US NIOSH calls for Info and Comments on nano-Silver
The US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has ‘initiated an evaluation of the scientific data on silver nanoparticles to ascertain the potential health risks to workers and to identify gaps in knowledge’
NIA discusses Nanosilver Regulations at Conference
Talks on regulations and developments relevant to nanoscale silver were given by the NIA at an event recently. The event, which the NIA co-hosted along with the Nanosilver Network, saw 40 international participants attend
Patent Analysis of Nanotech in the Cement Industry conducted
An analysis of patenting for nanotechnology applications in the cement industry is now available. It shows that, 'though the application of nanotechnology...is an emerging area, the trends...indicate that commercial adaptation of this technology has...started'
EC JRC-IHCP and ECHA sign Collaboration Agreement, will work together on Nano
The Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP) and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) have signed a ‘collaboration agreement’ and ‘may for certain matters’ work together on ‘questions relating to emerging issues such as 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'
Danish EPA: reporting Schemes will reduce Innovation Potential of nano Companies
Following Denmark's decision to establish a 'nano-product database' in September 2012, the Danish EPA conducted a study assessing the impact such a database would have on the nanotechnology industries. The agency found that 'innovation potential will be impaired' and that 'the increased financial costs related to reporting will be transferred to...
Leading Industry Periodical publishes NIA Comments on Nano-Patch Proposal
Comments by the NIA on the recent 'nano-patch' proposal for the EC's REACH regulation have been featured in an article by Chemical Watch. The report, entitled DG Enterprise, industry deny REACH unable to regulate nanomaterials, also features reactions to the proposal from the EC's Enterprise and Environment directorates (DG)
Canada amends Domestic Substances List to include Nanoscale Materials
Canada has amended elements of its Domestic Substances List and now takes note of nanoscale versions of certain materials. The substances to which these changes are relevant are 'cellulose, hydrogen sulphate, and sodium salt (obtained from sulphuric acid hydrolysis of bleached pulp)'
UK TSB will invest in Nano over next three Years
The UK TSB has stated that it will 'invest in...nanotechnology-enabled materials and functionality'. This was revealed in the TSB's Enabling Technologies Strategy document, which outlines how the body will invest money in the 2012-2015 period so as to 'support innovation'