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REACH Test Method is more Work for Nanoscale Materials than for Conventional ones, German BAuA finds
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
US NIOSH Nanotech Research Center Report describes Achievements from 2004-2011
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
ECHA to update CoRAP; changes proposed for Nano Substances
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
US EPA Ruling bans Manufacture of Nano-scale Potassium Titanium Oxide
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
'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...
First Label for Nanomaterial Product awarded in Thailand
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
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'
PROSPECT Expert Team calls for more Vigilance during Nanomaterial Safety Tests
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.
Comments sought on proposed US NIOSH Nano OHS Assessment
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)'
Chinese Researchers want Country to do more extensive Nano-safety Studies
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...
No single Measurement Method can currently satisfy EU nano Definition, finds EC JRC
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
PROSPECT Project helps inform EC JRC Report on Measurement Requirements for Nanomaterials
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'
Chinese SFDA increases Amount of Documentation needed for Nanosilver medical Devices
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'
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
US NIST issues new Reference Material for nano Titanium Dioxide
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'
NIA provides Industrial Stakeholder Feedback at European Project Meeting
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'
BBC looks at how Nanotechnology is used to fight flooding in Thailand
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
UK NMI developing standardised Set of reference Nanomaterials for toxicity Measurements
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'
ECHA indicates MWCNTs to be registered by 2013
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