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Australian NICNAS makes Nano Revisions to Chemical Notification Forms
The NICNAS has announced that amended chemical notification forms are now available on the organisation's website. Among the amendments are questions of whether the chemical being registered 'is an industrial nanomaterial under the NICNAS definition'
US EPA releases Case Study for nanoscale Silver
The US EPA has published a case study for nanoscale silver used in disinfectant sprays through which it hopes 'research directions can be identified that might pertain to nano-Ag in disinfectant spray, as well as to nano-Ag in general and even more broadly to other nanomaterials'. The study is similar to the EPA's 2010 report on another...
NGO highlights Inaccuracies in its Guide to non-nano Sunscreens; blames Suppliers for Mistake
FoE Australia has revealed that 'at least fourteen brands' contained in its Safe Sunscreen Guide had 'mistakenly told us that their products were nano-free, whereas some of their sunscreens were in fact based on agglomerates or aggregates of nanoparticles'. The NGO has now lodged an official complaint with the Australian Competition and Consumer...
European Parliament STOA publishes Report on 'NanoSafety'
The European Parliament's STOA has published a report entitled NanoSafety - Risk Governance of Manufactured Nanoparticles. The document, published by the EP's DG for Internal Policies, 'deals with the potential EHS risks of engineered nanomaterials'
US EPA issues new Date for Nanosilver Pesticide Registration Review Docket
The US EPA has extended the commenting period for its nanosilver registration review docket, 'to allow for a full 60-day comment period [that] is standard for registration review docket openings'
BSI publishes three new Nanotechnology Standards; announces Development of a fourth
BSI has today released three new Publicly Available Specifications (PAS) for nanotechnology, and has announced that work is being carried out on a fourth
US EPA to review Nanosilver Pesticide Registrations
The US EPA has today announced the creation of a 'registration review docket for nanosilver', as the authority believes 'that additional data are needed to determine whether the FIFRA standard for maintaining these registrations is met', due to the 'unique' properties of nano-form silver. Documentation also revealed that several silver-based...
European Commission Scientific Committees find TTC Approach unsuitable for Nanomaterials
A report authored by the European Commission's SCCS, SCHER and SCENIHR has found that the TTC approach 'is not applicable to...insoluble particle and nanomaterials'. The document stated that the approach is unsuitable for nanomaterials due to 'their specific toxicokinetics properties compared to soluble materials'
Danish Ministry of the Environment finds ''no specific risk'' from nano-Silver in Textiles
A survey recently conducted by the Danish Ministry of the Environment has found that there are no 'specific' or 'identified risks' resulting from the use of nanosilver in textiles
US EPA releases Draft MWCNT Case Study for Public Consultation
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a draft report for external review. The document aims to 'serve as the basis for identifying and priotizing data gaps and research needs' for MWCNTs, rather than being considered 'a completed or even preliminary assessment' of the material
''No need'' for EC to further review Nanosilver Safety Assessment, states Article
An article recently published in Nature Nanotechnology has called on the EC to stop conducting consultations on the safety impact of nanosilver and to start deciding 'on the regulatory measures that are appropriate'. The article, entitled When enough is enough, postulates that the EC's request for SCENIHR to investigate nanosilver will not 'reach...
NGOs highlight their Concerns over growing number of Nanosilver Products
A report recently published by both ANEC and BEUC has said that 117 products containing nano-scale silver were found by them in Europe between 2011 and 2012. The review, Nano: Very small and Everywhere, states that 'this is a tremendous growth of claims', as in 2009 only 151 products were found to claim to have any nanomaterials in them
EPA calls for NRDC's Nanosilver Case to be dismissed
US EPA has reportedly called for the court case brought against it by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to be dropped. The suit, which was filed by the NRDC in the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (California) on 26 January 2012 and joined by various NGOs through a 'friend-of-the-court' brief on 23 April 2012, concerns the EPA'...
NIA: Key Activities in Support of Nanoscale Materials in Commercial Sunscreen Products
The current issue of Nanotechnology Law & Business (Vol 9.1) features an article on the Use of Nanoscale Materials in Commercial Sunscreen Products. Written by lawyers from Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., the article discusses 'the rise to prominence of nanoscale titanium dioxide and zinc oxide as ingredients of sunscreen formulations'
Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety may adopt Zinc Oxide Opinion in June
In a report from their 23rd meeting, the Nanomaterials in Cosmetic Products Working Group (WG) highlighted that it will present its draft opinion on zinc oxide at its next plenary, and that this opinion may be adopted. The panel, convened as part of the EC's SCCS initiative, also noted that, as part of the item S79, Submission II: Dossier...
NIA Reply to SCENIHR's Call for Information on Nanosilver is now available
In response to the Call for Information for Nanosilver by the EC's SCENIHR, NIA submitted, on 4 June 2012, a reply to the call on behalf of its Members
Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety presents new Titanium Dioxide Work
In a report from their 22nd meeting, the 'Nanomaterials in Cosmetic Products' Working Group highlighted that it had discussed a draft document presented on titanium dioxide, and that work into the subject was 'ongoing'. The panel, convened as part of the EC's SCCS initiative, also noted that the zinc oxide submission 'is foreseen to be presented...
Nanoparticles found in widely consumed Foods
A recent study by researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology has indicated that carbon nanoparticles are not only safe to eat, but that they are found in abundance in common foods such as 'bread, cornflakes, biscuits and sugar caramels'. In an exclusive interview with the NIA, one of the researchers revealed that they discovered this whilst...
Swedish Environment Minister accuses Nanosilver Products of 'Consumer Fraud'
The Swedish Environment Minister, Lena Ek, has stated that she considers products containing silver nanoparticles to be "double the consumer fraud". She did note, however, that this was her view on the matter "as a private person" and not as a minister
EPA Approval of Nanopesticide challenged by Advocacy Groups
The US EPA faces renewed pressure over its decision to conditionally register an antimicrobial pesticide containing nanosilver. On January 26 2012, a US based advocacy group, the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC), filed a lawsuit to block the pesticide's approval. This week, a coalition of six other groups, including the Friends of the...