News & Alerts
REACH Test Method is more Work for Nanoscale Materials than for Conventional ones, German BAuA finds
Posted on 8 Nov 2012
The German BAuA has published a report which concludes that the effort required to work with one of the test methods under the EC's REACH regulation may well be higher for nanoscale materials than for ordinary ones. The report states that some of the testing methods are inappropriate for nanomaterials and thus suggests more applicable ones
Posted on 7 Nov 2012
The US NIOSH has published a report detailing the work done by its Nanotechnology Research Center (NTRC) from 2004 to 2011. The report, entitled Filling the Knowledge Gaps for Safe Nanotechnology in the Workplace, provides specific information on 69 projects and discusses the next steps for the institution
Posted on 23 Oct 2012
ECHA has announced a proposal to update it CoRAP for 2013-2015. If passed, the changes would affect the reviews of silver and titanium dioxide. The original CoRAP plan was announced in February 2012
Posted on 5 Oct 2012
A SNUR announced by the US EPA prohibits the manufacture of potassium titanium oxide 'with a particle size less than 100nm'. The ruling, promulgated along with 77 other chemicals, enhances a US TSCA Consent Order from 2008 against the material
Posted on 3 Oct 2012
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...
Posted on 27 Sep 2012
A label signifying the quality and authenticity of nano-based products in Thailand has been bestowed for the first time. Developed for the internal market, the NanoQ label is used in the paint, ceramics, textile, and household plastics industries
Posted on 27 Sep 2012
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
Posted on 25 Sep 2012
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'
Posted on 24 Sep 2012
Experts from the PROSPECT project have posted detailed comments on the recently published and publicly discussed research paper on Soybean susceptibility to manufactured nanomaterials with evidence for food quality and soil fertility interruption by Priester et al.
Posted on 20 Sep 2012
The US CDC has stated that it is seeking comments from the public on a project proposed by the US NIOSH. The project is an 'exposure assessment and epidemiological study of US Workers exposed to Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) and Carbon Nanofibers (CNFs)'
Posted on 18 Sep 2012
Leading researchers in China have called for better safety studies in the field of nanotechnology in the country, and have asked the government to improve its regulatory approach. Areas of particular concern are consumer products 'containing nanoparticles that can be absorbed by the body', and occupational exposure through the handling of...
Posted on 17 Sep 2012
The EC JRC has stated that no currently available measurement method for nanomaterials can be universally used for determining whether the Commission's recommended definition can be fulfilled. The finding is contained in a recently published JRC Reference Report
Posted on 17 Sep 2012
Work carried out by the NIA-led PROSPECT project has been cited in a report recently published by the EC's JRC. The publication found that 'no currently available measurement method for nanomaterials can be universally used for determining whether the Commission's recommended definition can be fulfilled'
Posted on 12 Sep 2012
China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) has announced that the re-registration of medical devices containing nanosilver will require supplementary documentation. Information will be required on the 'nanomaterials' characteristics, quality control, biocompatibility, cytotoxicity, and evaluation of their genotoxicity'
Posted on 6 Sep 2012
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
Posted on 5 Sep 2012
The US NIST has created a new reference material for nano-scale titanium dioxide. NIST aims for it to be used in a 'wide range of environmental health and safety studies of industrial nanomaterials'
Posted on 4 Sep 2012
The NIA's Director General, Dr. Steffi Friedrichs, was part of a panel discussion at a recent stakeholders workshop for the EU funded project, Nanogenotox. NIA represented one of the 'main categories of stakeholders...[the] professional federations representing companies'
Posted on 3 Sep 2012
A report by the BBC has looked at how nanotechnology had been used to tackle the recent flooding in Thailand. It states that the solutions which were engineered could also 'help save lives' in other countries
Posted on 28 Aug 2012
The UK's NMI is 'developing a standardized panel of reference nanomaterials to enable the development of traceable methods for improved in vitro toxicity measurements for safety assessment'. These materials are going to 'be based on the high quality nanoparticles produced by the EU JRC'
Posted on 20 Aug 2012
ECHA has updated the list of materials it intends to contain in the next registration cycle, and through it has identified MWCNTs as a registered substance. The body has also disclosed the status of active lead registrants for the materials indicated in the intentions