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News & Alerts

SCENIHR calls for Information on nano-Silver
EC's SCENIHR has called for 'interested parties...to submit any relevant information that could assist the scientific committee with the assessment of the safety, health and environmental effects of nanosilver', with a particular emphasis on scientific information related to the 'nano' forms of silver
SNUR for infused Carbon Nanostructures announced by US EPA
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced significant new use rules (SNURs) for 17 chemical substances, including 'infused carbon nanostructures (generic)', that had been the subjects of pre-manufacture notices (PMNs)
US Environmental Protection Agency officially approves Nanopesticide
An antimicrobial nanosilver pesticide has become the first nanosilver product to be officially registered for use under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, after its conditional registration was approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The product, AGS-20, had been registered for approval in 2008 by its...
World’s first commercial-scale Producer of nanocrystalline Cellulose (NCC) opens up in Canada
On 26 January 2012 the Canadian Minister of Natural Resources, Joe Oliver, announced the official opening of CelluForce facility, 'the world's first commercial-scale producer of nanocrystalline cellulose (NNC)' located in Windsor, Quebec, Canada, according to the Ministry's press release
Extension of EPA commenting Period for proposed SNURs
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that in response to public requests, it is extending the period for submitting public comments on the proposed Significant New Use Rules (SNURs) for two new chemicals, which were published on 28 December 2011
US Natural Resources Defense Council files Lawsuit against US Environmental Protection Agency for approval of nano-Pesticide
The US Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) filed a lawsuit on 26 January 2012 against the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for having approved the use of nanosilver as a pesticide in textiles. The US EPA granted conditional approval to the Swiss company HeiQ for its AGS-20, which the company intends to use as a preservative in...
European Commission and NIA publish 'NM-Series of Representative Manufactured Nanomaterials: Zinc Oxide'
The EC JRC, supported by the NIA and its member company BASF, has published the second report in a series on the NM- Series of Representative Manufactured Nanomaterials, Zinc Oxide NM-110, NM-111, NM-112, NM-113 Characterisation and Test Item Preparation. The report documents results obtained under the OECD WPMN Sponsorship Programme
Swiss Publication on disposal of Textile Waste containing Nanosilver
The Swiss Institute for Environmental and Process Technology (Institut für Umwelt- und Verfahrenstechnik (UMTEC)) have published a report entitled Disposal of Waste containing Nanosilver in the Textile Industry: Mass Flows and Treatment Methods
EPA publishes proposed SNURs for 17 Chemicals, including CNTs and Fullerenes
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed on December 28, 2011, Significant New Use Rules (SNURs) (i.e. 76 Fed. Reg. 81447) for 17 chemical substances that were the subject of Pre-manufacture Notices (PMNs), including seven substances with the term carbon nanotube (CNT) and seven substances with the term fullerene in their respective...
NIA comments on the History of the EU's Definition of Nanomaterials
The NIA recently shed light on the debate on the 'why and wherefore' of the EC's recent recommendation for a definition of the term 'nanomaterial' in the context of existing 'nano'-definitions: "The ISO definition is a technical definition, while the Commission's is a regulatory one," says Steffi Friedrichs, Director General of the NIA in an ...
US Environmental Protection Agency grants first Approval for Nanopesticide
According to the press release EPA Announces Conditional Registration of Nanosilver Pesticide Product published by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on 1 December 2011, the EPA granted a four-year conditional approval for a pesticide containing a nanomaterial. The pesticide contains the active ingredient nanosilver, known to have...
US EPA requests Information from Manufacturers of Nanosilver
The US EPA released in the US Federal Register of 26 October 2011 the final 2010 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan as required by the US Clean Water Act. The effluent guidelines are regulations that improve water quality by controlling discharges from industrial sources. The plan includes a request for comment and information for its 2011 annual...
MARINA Project for Managing Risks of Nanomaterials launched
On the 7 November 2011 the official launch of the European Research partnership project MARINA (MAnaging RIsks of NAnoparticles) was announced by the UK Institute of Occupational Medicine. As one of the project partners the NIA is responsible for the NM-Series materials and reference dossiers
US NIOSH publishes Carbon Nanotube Impact Study
US NIOSH has published a research paper concerned with the measurement of health effects of inhaling a common nanoparticle, the single-walled carbon nanotube. According to the paper, entitled Impact NIOSH Research Methods Demonstrate that Breathing Nanoparticles May Result in Damaging Health Effects, 'this study and continued NIOSH research could...
Opposing Reactions on the European Definition of Nanomaterials
In response to the European Commission's Recommendation on a Definition of Nanomaterials, the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) stated that the definition is too broad, saying it would add 'unnecessary burden' as well as legal uncertainty for companies. In addition fears were expressed that too many products would fall under the scope of...
European Commission publishes Final Reports on REACH Implementation Projects
The EC today released the final reports of two REACH Implementation Projects: RIP-oN2: Specific advice on fulfilling information requirements for nanomaterials under REACH and RIP-oN3: Specific advice on exposure assessment and Hazard/Risk Characterisation for nanomaterials under REACH. The NIA was a key collaborator in these projects
Nanosilver: An Ancient Material Is Getting New Attention
Nanosilver has been the subject of much media attention in the recent past, and not all of it good. Nanotechnology detractors, and even some government agencies, have made nanosilver the bogey man for all that is scary and uncertain about nanomaterials
'In harm's way'? - NIA highlights wrong Assumptions & right scientific Evidence
On Sunday 31 July 2011 a nanotechnology-related article, entitled In harm's way, was published by the UK's The Sunday Times. The article focuses on the amount of contaminants and other chemicals in our environment
NIA points to Important Data in ongoing Nanosilver Debate
Following the opinion published by the German BfR, entitled Safety of nano silver in consumer products: many questions remain open, the nanosilver debate came to life again. On the 2 May 2011 the SNWG issued a reply to the scientific opinion published by the BfR on the 12 March 2011. The response was entitled SNWG comments on BfR & nanosilver
Looking for Nanosilver in British Rivers
A final report entitled Exposure assessment for engineered silver nanoparticles throughout the rivers of England and Wales (CB0433) was published by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology UK (CEH). The report is the result of a year-long study of the concentration of nano-silver particles in English and Welsh rivers and sewer systems