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News & Alerts

European Court of Justice Affirms Legality of National Chemical Registries
This month, the European Court of Justice issued a ruling in Canadian Oil Company Sweden AB and Anders Rantén v Riksåklagaren, which affirmed the right of European Member States to create national product registries for imported chemicals. The Court found that 'neither the wording nor the objectives of the REACH regulation' prevented a Member...
French NGO Consults Stakeholders on Nano in Water on behalf of Government
The French NGO Avicenn (Association de Veille et d'Information Civique sur les Enjeux des Nanosciences et des Nanotechnologies) is running a stakeholder consultation on nanomaterials in water [in French]. The consultation is open until 28 March 2016
European Economic and Social Committee outlines the Role of Nanotechnology for EU Competitiveness
On 24 February 2016, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) of the European Union published an own-initiative Opinion on ‘Nanotechnology for a competitive Chemical Industry’, which states 'the importance of nanotechnology should also be more strongly reflected and supported in the EU’s priorities.’
Results of 2014 French Nanomaterial Registration made Public
On 23 February 2016, the French Ministry for the Environment, Energy and the Sea, has released the 2015 Report of the national nanomaterial registration scheme ‘r-nano’ (in French). This report analyses the results of the registration of nanomaterial substances imported, manufactured or distributed in France in the previous year (2014)  
OECD Publishes Evaluation of Nanomaterial Testing Methods
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released an 'Evaluation of Methods applied in the OECD-WPMN Testing Programme', the 65th publication in their 'Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials' publication series. The evaluation focuses specifically on endpoints and methods for testing nanomaterial's physico-chemical...
US NIOSH opens consultation on Health Effects of Occupational Exposure to Silver Nanomaterials Publication
Late January 2016, the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released a draft document on the Health Effects of Occupational Exposure to Silver Nanomaterial. This document contains a literature review as well as recommendations for the safe handling of silver nanoparticles and research needs to fill in data gaps and...
JRC Publishes Report Reviewing Achievements of OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials
The European Commission's Joint Research Centre has published a paper chronicling "ten years of history of OECD's work on nanosafety" and their achievements to date.
Danish EPA releases Report on Nanomaterial Safety
The Danish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the final report of the 'Better Control of Nanomaterials' initiative
Swedish Chemical Agency proposes Registration Scheme for Nanomaterials
Today, the Swedish Chemical Agency (KEMI) has proposed an approach to registering nanomaterials to the Swedish Government. KEMI had been tasked with this report in January 2015
Danish Government Finds no Environmental Risk from Common Nanomaterials
A new study by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency has concluded there is "no causes for significant environmental concerns regarding nanomaterials." The study comes on the heels of four additional studies from the agency this month examining environmental, health and safety effects of nanomaterials. Environmental Assessment of Nanomaterial...
New Nanomaterial Documents Published by Danish Environmental Protection Agency
Earlier this week, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency issued several new publications addressing environmental and human health risk assessment in nanomaterials:
New Nanomatrerial Safety Document Released by OECD
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released the 58th document in their 'Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials,' Developments on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials: 2013. The new resource "compiles information...on current developments on the safety of manufactured nanomaterials" and is intended...
ECHA Executive Director Urges European Commission to Finalise REACH Annex Revisions for Nanomaterials
Today, the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety of the European Parliament hosted Mr Geert Dancet, Executive Director of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), for a presentation and discussion on chemical safety regulation progress (begins at 2:25:00).
NanoValid Project Requests Industry Feedback On Reference Material Needs
The NanoValid project, an EC FP7 funded initiative, has issued a questionnaire for the nanotechnology industry to provide feedback on nanomaterial reference needs
European Chemicals Agency Issues Proceedings from Nanomaterials Workshop
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published a new 61-page report chronicling the proceedings of the Topical Scientific Workshop: Regulatory Challenges in the Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials held in October 2014 in Helsinki, Finland.
NanoDefine Project Seeks Input from Companies with Particle Sizing Experience
NanoDefine, a European FP7 research project developing integrated approaches to implementing the European Commission nanomaterial definition recommendation, is seeking input from companies with experience in various nanomaterial sizing techniques
US EPA extends the Comment Period for the TSCA Nanoscale Material proposed Rule
On 2 July 2015, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a 30-day extension of the comment period for the consultation on the proposed rule: Chemical Substances When Manufactured Or Processed As Nanoscale Materials; TSCA Reporting And Recordkeeping Requirements. Originally set for 6 July 2015, the deadline for submitting...
UPDATE: NIA EXCLUSIVE Consultation - US EPA proposed Rule for TSCA Section 8(a) - DEADLINE: 3 July 2015
NIA is collecting feedback from its Members on the US EPA proposed rulemaking Chemical Substances When Manufactured or Processed as Nanoscale Materials; TSCA Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements
OECD publishes Nanomaterial Safety Testing Data on 11 Manufactured Nanomaterials
On 9 June 2015, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN) has made its web platform on the testing programme of manufactured nanomaterials public.
Sweden to develop a Nanomaterial Registry
The Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI) has been tasked with the designing of a national nanomaterial register in Sweden. In 2013, the Swedish authorities had advocated the creation of register in its National Action Plan for the safe use and handling of Nanomaterials.