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News & Alerts

US EPA announces 11 June 2015 Public Meeting on Proposed Nanoscale Materials Reporting and Recordkeeping Rule
On 11 June 2015, the American Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a public meeting on the topic of the proposed rule Chemical Substances when manufactured or processed as Nanoscale Materials; TSCA Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements.
UPDATE - NIA EXCLUSIVE Consultation: Canadian Proposed Approaches to Regulating Nanoscale Substances – DEADLINE: 13 May 2015
NIA Members are invited to provide comments to the Canadian Proposed Approaches to Regulating Nanoscale Substances
Nano-sized MBBT considered Safe for use in Cosmetic Products by EU Scientific Committee
The European Commission’s Scientific Committee for Consumer Safety (SCCS) met for a plenary meeting on 25 March 2015. In this meeting, the Committee finalised an opinion on MBBT used in cosmetic products. It concluded that this substance is safe for use in cosmetic products under certain conditions
EFSA Publishes Scientific Opinon on Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles for Food Contact Materials
Prompted by the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) conducted a safety assessment study on the use of zinc oxide nanoparticles (coated and uncoated) in food contact materials
SCENIHR Position Statement flags Nanomaterials in Medical Imaging and Drug Delivery and Graphene as Emerging Issues
The European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) published a Position Statement on emerging and newly identified health risks to be drawn to the attention of the European Commission; this document was adopted at the plenary of the scientific committee of 20 November 2014
US EPA proposes Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for Nanoscale Materials
The Environment Protection Agency of the United States of America (US EPA) published a proposed rule for section 8 (a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). This proposal would introduce reporting and recordkeeping requirements for nanoscale materials as well as a 135-days pre-notification requirement for the manufacturers of ‘chemical...
Canadian Consultation opens on Approaches to Regulating Nanoscale Forms of Substances in the DSL
Environment Canada and Health Canada opened a consultation on a Proposed Approach to address Nanoscale Forms of Substances in the Domestic Substances List. Established under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA 1999), the DSL lists substances that are manufactured in or imported into Canada, substances that are not listed are considered...
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Consultation - Belgian Nanomaterials Registry - Deadline 19 March 2015
NIA is collecting questions and comments on the Belgian Royal Decree on the Market Placement of Manufactured Nanoparticle Substances - C-2014/24329
EC proposes Nanomaterial Exemption to RoHS 2
The EC is intending to amend the restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS 2) regulation in order to create an exemption ‘for cadmium in illumination and display lighting applications’. It has been sent to the European Parliament and EU Council of Ministers for comments; if no opposition is made, the EC’s delegated directive will automatically...
NANoREG Nanomaterial Provider offering its Services to NIA Members
Fluorescent silica nanobeads that are widely used by the NANoREG project have now been made available by NIA Member ​HiQ-Nano. The nanoparticles were initially provided by the Instituto Italiano di Tecnologia
Nanomaterials added to EC approved List of Food Contact Materials
A regulation ‘amending and correcting’ EC Regulation 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food shows that three nanomaterials have been approved for such use. Furthermore another material has been amended to allow for the nanoform of it to be used
US EPA enacts SNUR for MWCNT-containing Dispersing Agent
The US EPA has issued a significant new use ruling for a polymer of terephthalic acid and ethyl benzene with multi-walled carbon nanotube (generic). The polymer has also been made subject to a US TSCA section 5(e) consent order as the Agency believes it to ‘present an unreasonable risk of injury to human health and the environment’
NanoRelease Project publishes Report on Food-relevant Nanomaterials
A paper published by the NanoRelease Food Additive project has been published by Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology. NIA is one of the partners of the NanoRelease project
US EPA withdraws SNUR for Carbon Nanotube
The US EPA has withdrawn a direct final significant new use ruling (SNUR) for functionalized carbon nanotubes (generic). A notification about the SNUR coming into effect was published in late October 2014
UPDATE: Third NIA Members Quarterly Webinar - 17 December 2014 - Presentations now Available
Following on from the success of NIA's first and second NIA Members Quarterly Webinars, NIA held its third Quarterly Webinar on 17 December 2014 15:00 CET. The presentation from it has now been made available
NIA EXCLUSIVE - Report on NIA Symposium: Expert Analysis on Nano-Regulation and –Policy: Staying Ahead of the Curve
NIA has published the report on its 'Symposium: Expert Analysis on Nano-Regulation and –Policy: Staying Ahead of the Curve', which was held on 19 November 2014 in Brussels, Belgium
Nanosilver Rinse-off Cosmetics to be excluded from receiving EU Ecolabel
The EC has passed a decision ‘establishing the ecological criteria for the award of the EU Ecolabel for rinse-off cosmetic products’ (2014/893/EU). Criteria for receiving the EU Ecolabel indicates that nanosilver may ‘not be included in the product [seeking the Ecolabel], neither as part of the formulation nor as part of any mixture in the...
EC JRC Technical Report calls for Guidelines for EC Nano Definition and its Implementation
The EC JRC has published a Technical Report, describing work carried out ‘to evaluate a number of analytical methods of measuring particle size distributions as required for classification with respect to the EC Recommendation for the definition on nanomaterials’; however, the authors state that guidelines ‘regarding some aspects of the definition...
Updated ECHA CoRAP Testing List contains 3 new Nanomaterials
ECHA has published a draft of its annual update of the Community Rolling Action Plan (CoRAP). The plan, covering the 2015-2017 period, contains 65 newly selected substances alongside 69 that were included in the previous plan; four of the substances in the list are either nanomaterials or are commonly applied as nanomaterials
Proposed US EPA Nano-specific Rulings for TSCA re-emerge
In 2009 the US EPA initiated work on nano-specific rules under the Toxic Substances Control Act; two notices of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) were later submitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). After four years, the original 2010 NPRMs have been withdrawn by the EPA, and a new NPRM was proposed to the OMB in October 2014