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News & Alerts

NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Consultation: Possible modification of REACH Annexes - Deadline 9 April, 2013
A discussion on possible adaptations to the REACH Annexes to include nanomaterial considerations is being scheduled to take place at an upcoming meeting with the European Commission, Members States Competent Authorities and Stakeholders. The NIA will be present and the Association asks its Members to provide input and feedback on their views on...
UK HSE publishes Guidance Document for using Nanomaterials at Work
The UK's HSE has released guidance on 'how to control occupational exposure to manufactured nanomaterials in the workplace'. Entitled Using nanomaterials at work: Including carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and other biopersistent high aspect ratio nanomaterials (HARNs), the document 'has been prepared in response to emerging evidence about the toxicity of...
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Consultation: Nano Register to increase transparency and ensure regulatory Oversight of Nanomaterials
NIA Members are invited to present their views on a document outlining steps to increase transparancey and ensure regulatory oversight of nanomaterials
Danish EPA proposes nano-specific Information Requirements for future Regulations
The Danish EPA has published a report outlining 'technical information requirements for nanomaterials'. The document, entitled Information Requirements for Nanomaterials, contains proposals 'which may be used in legislative instruments concerning nanomaterials', such as the REACH Regulation
nanoMICEX project publishes first Newsletter
The EU FP7 project nanoMICEX (Mitigation of Risk and Control of Exposure in Nanotechnology-based Inks and Pigments) has published its first newsletter
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Consultation: NIA comments on the ‘Study for the Review of the List of Restricted Substances under RoHS 2 Directive’
The Austrian Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt Österreich) has launched a 2nd Stakeholder Consultation on the European Commission's Study for the Review of the List of Restricted Substances under RoHS 2 Directive (Draft 1st Interim Report)
IUCLID updates User Manual for Nanomaterials
The IUCLID 5 project has released an updated version of its Nanomaterials in IUCLID 5 user manual. This document provides guidance on how exactly companies can work with the database to fulfil their reporting obligations for nanomaterials to various multinational reporting schemes (such as for REACH)
ECHA Evaluation Report provides Recommendations for 2013 Registration
In its newly published Evaluation Report 2012, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) presents the main shortcomings that the agency has encountered in registration dossiers submitted by the first 2010 registration deadline
US EPA proposes SNURs for 14 generically identified Carbon Nanotubes; is developing Standard Nomenclature
The US EPS intends to make SNURs for 14 substances 'whose reported chemical names include the term "carbon nanotube (CNT)" or "carbon nanofibers"'. Due to 'a lack of established nomenclature', however, the authority has provided the names of the chemicals subject to the rulings only in generic form
NIA EXCLUSIVE Document: STOA Workshop on Risk in Innovation
The NIA recently attended a workshop by the European Parliament's (EP) Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Panel entitled, Risk in Innovation: Balancing Benefits and Hazards
NIA provides Comments on US NIOSH Consultation on nano-Silver
The NIA has responded to the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's (NIOSH) request for information on nano-silver. Its main suggestion is for the agency 'to avoid redundancy' by taking into account 'all the results of the OECD'
Report finds Nanoscale Titanium Dioxide in Commercially Available Food, issues Warning about lack of Industry Transparency on Nano
A recently published briefing on nanomaterials in food has revealed that testing of 'two commercially available donuts' found 'titanium dioxide nanoparticles of 10nm or smaller'. The report, entitled Slipping Through the Cracks, also stated that only 1% of 2500 food-related companies responded to a survey it carried out on nanomaterials in food
Minutes from EC SCCS Nanomaterials in Cosmetics Working Group now available
Minutes from the 28th meeting of the Nanomaterials in Cosmetic Products Working Group (WG) have been released. They reveal that the European Commission (EC) has requested that the group provide criteria to 'identify nanomaterials of concern', and that the WG is now looking at carbon black as well as titanium dioxide and S79
ECHA and NGOs respond to Nanotechnology Aspects of EC's REACH Review
Reponses to the nanotechnology-related elements of the EC's recent review of the REACH Regulation have been made by ECHA as well as various NGOs. Overall ECHA said that it agreed with the Commission's suggestions for improvements, whilst some NGOs felt that not enough was being done
Canada to begin regulating nanoform Potassium Titanate
The Canadian Department of the Environment has published a Significant New Activity Notice for potassium titanate under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. The nanoscale version of this substance has specific reporting guidelines assigned to it
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Consultation: EU-Japan Reflection Paper on Nanomedicines
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has announced that it is running a consultation on a 'reflection paper on medicines delivered using nano-sized block copolymer micelles'. It has written the document in collaboration with the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW)
German Authorities indicate Changes they would like to see in how REACH handles Nanomaterials
A consortium of German federal agencies has published Nanomaterials and REACH - Background Paper on the Position of German Competent Authorities. The report 'reflects the position of the...authorities' and 'is intended as a basis for preparing decision-making routes for political processes'
Briefing elaborates on eco-friendly Potential of Nanotechnology
Ways to 'create eco-friendly designs with nanotechnology and use it to reduce health and environmental hazards by seeking methods to replace present applications' are actively being sought by engineers, according to a report. The briefing What is Green Nanotechnology? analyses a number of ecological challenges and describes how nanotechnology...
US EPA Nanoilver Court Case hears Plaintiff's Arguments
Oral arguments were made by the US National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) recently in its court-case against the nation's EPA. The case was brought to court by the NRDC in January 2012 over the Agency's registration of a nanosilver product
International Standards under ISO published for Characterisation and Measurement of TiO2 and CaCO3
Two international standards have been published by ISO for the characterisation and measurement of titanium dioxide and calcium carbonate dry powders. The documents, respectively Nanotechnologies - Nanoscale titanium dioxide in powder form - Characteristics and measurement (ISO/TS 11937:2012) and Nanotechnologies - Nanoscale calcium carbonate in...