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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 After four years, the original 2010 NPRMs have been withdrawn by the EPA, and a new NPRM was proposed to the OMB in October 2014
German UBA Study indicates Toxicity of Titanium Dioxide Materials not specific to Nanoform
The German UBA has published a study stating that ‘realistic exposure scenarios are necessary to properly assess the potential environmental risk of TiO2 materials’. The researchers also found that the toxicity of the titanium dioxide materials was not necessarily a nano-specific characteristic
Belgian Decree on the Nanomaterial Register published in the Country's Official Journal
The 24 September 2014 edition of the Belgian Official Journal (Le Moniteur Belge) has endorsed the Belgian Royal Decree regarding the Placement on the Market of Substances manufactured at the Nanoscale ; it has been published together with a Report to the King and the opinion of the Council of State
NIA participates in EU Nanosafety Mission to Brazil
NIA Director-General Dr Steffi Friedrichs recently participated in an EC nanosafety ‘mission’ to Brazil. Dr Friedrichs was one of 11 coordinators of EU-funded projects invited to the country by the Brazilian government
Danish EPA publishes Report on Nanomaterial Environmental Fate and Behaviour
The Danish EPA has published a report, entitled Environmental fate and behaviour of nanomaterials: New knowledge on important transformation processes. The authors studied key environmental transformation processes both in general, and as applied to nine case-study materials
ECHA outlines its 2015 Work Programme
ECHA has announced its Work Programme 2015, outlining how it plans to work on various different areas of chemicals regulation, including nanomaterials. The final plan will be implemented following approval by the Budgetary Authority of the European Union, and ‘should the total revenue or authorised staff figures differ significantly from the...
NIA Comments on OECD WPMN Meeting on Categorisation of Manufactured Nanomaterials featured in News Article
Dr Steffi Friedrichs, NIA Director-General, recently attended a meeting of the OECD WPMN that discussed the categorisation of manufactured nanomaterials. She called the meeting "very tough and very productive"
EC SCCS adopts Opinion on Clarification of Term “sprayable applications/products” used in Nanomaterial Opinions
The EC SCCS has adopted an opinion in relation to the EC’s request for clarification of the meaning of the term ‘sprayable applications/products’ used in three nanomaterial-related opinions. The Committee is accepting comments on this opinion until 10 November 2014
US EPA requests Public Comments on Nanomaterial Wastewater Discharge
The US EPA will, as part of its 2014 Annual Review of industrial wastewater discharges, ‘report on a methodology and interim findings of its investigation into the environmental toxicity and industrial wastewater discharge of nanomaterials’. It has requested that stakeholders and the public provide it with any relevant information by 17 November...
EC SCCS to discuss numerous Nano Issues at next Plenary
EC SCCS will hold its 7th plenary meeting on 23 September 2014. According to the agenda, the committee will discuss a new request ‘for clarification on the meaning of the term “sprayable applications/products” for the nano forms of Carbon Black CI77266, TiO2 and ZnO’, and the status of draft opinions on nano-silica and nano-hydroxyapatite....
Article examines Challenges of the Nano-(Q)SAR Approach
NIA Member NPL recently contributed to an article, entitled Nano(Q)SAR: Challenges, pitfalls and perspectives. The article highlights findings that ‘show clear gaps in the research framework that must be addressed if we are to have reliable predictions from such models’
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. contributes to new Book on Nanotechnology
NIA Member Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. has announced that it has contributed a chapter to a new book, entitled Biointeractions of Nanomaterials. The book ‘covers a wide range of issues associated with the safety of nanomaterials in biological systems’
EC publishes Feedback to its Consultation on Nano Transparency Measures
The EC has published responses to the public consultation it held on transparency measures for nanomaterials available on the European market. Over 200 replies were received one of these was from NIA
OECD publishes Results of Questionnaire on 2010-2011 Regulatory Regimes for Manufactured Nanomaterials
The OECD has published the 42nd item in its Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials, entitled Report of the Questionnaire on Regulatory Regimes for Manufactured Nanomaterials 2010-2011. The questionnaire was administered by the OECD WPMN, and ‘contained four sections related to the oversight of nanomaterials in various OECD...
Study evaluates Concepts for the Grouping of Nanomaterials
The European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals recently reviewed the ‘available concepts for the grouping of nanomaterials for human health risk assessment’. Their findings were published in an open-access journal, under the title A critical appraisal of existing concepts for the grouping of nanomaterials
NANoREG publishes second Newsletter
The EC seventh Framework Programme (FP7) project NANoREG (full name: A common European Approach to the Regulatory Testing of Nanomaterials) has published its second newsletter. NIA is a member of this project.
Minutes from EC JRC Workshop on Nanotechnology for the Agricultural Sector now Available
In November 2013 the EC JRC hosted an internal workshop on ‘Nanotechnology for the agricultural sector: from research to the field’. A JRC Science and Policy report has now been published summarising the day’s discussions
NIA EXCLUSIVE - Report and external Coverage on NIA Symposium on Grouping and Read-Across now Available
NIA has released its report on the ‘Symposium on Grouping and Read-Across’ that it held on 26 November 2013 in Brussels, Belgium. The symposium centred on addressing a key issue of the 2011 European Commission (EC) Recommendation on the Definition of Nanomaterial, which is that it categorised an estimated 50% of all commercially-used materials as...
IOMC reviews Work done on Nano under the SAICM Global Plan of Action
In September 2012 the UN ICCM3 put forth 13 activities related to nanotechnologies for adoption in the SAICM Global Plan of Action. An update on these activities has been provided by the WHO Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC)
NIA’s Response to EC Consultation on Nano Transparency Measures covered in News Article
The ENDS Report has covered NIA’s stance on the proposed EU nano registration program in an article entitled, EU nano register ‘will damage competitiveness’. NIA’s response to the European Commission’s (EC) Consultation on Nano Transparency Measures was published earlier this month