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News & Alerts

US NTP Centre determining Technical Needs for non-Animal System that can assess potential Toxicity of Nano
The US National Toxicology Program (NTP) Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods (NICEATM) recently requested ‘data and information on devices and/or technologies currently used for identifying potential inhalation hazards’. This data is set to be used ‘to assess the state of the science and determine the...
Latest Edition of EC CORDIS Express looks at Nanotechnology
The EC e-magazine CORDIS Express has devoted its latest issue to looking ‘at a range of research projects focused on developing new applications for nanomaterials as well as honing the risk assessment process’. These projects include applications in medical applications, art restoration, energy and electronics, as well as those related to...
German Environment Agency assesses Carcinogenicity and Mutagenicity of Nanoparticles
UBA has published a review of existing knowledge on the carcinogenicity and mutagenicity of nanoparticles in order to inform future regulatory efforts. The report looked at over 100 studies analysing different nanomaterials in order to ‘identify the precursors of carcinogenicity…, to compare the toxicity of different types of nano-objects and to...
OECD releases Report looking to advance Policy Debate on Nano through Case-Study on its Application to Tyre Industry
The OECD has published a study, Nanotechnology and Tyres: Greening Industry and Transport, which looks ‘to advance the policy debate [on nanotechnologies] by considering a wide range of issues regarding sustainable growth and the responsible development of nanotechnology from the perspective of a single application of nanotechnology in a mass...
BIAC publishes 2014 Annual Report
BIAC has published its Annual Report for 2014. Entitled A Business Agenda for Open Markets, Investment, and Sustainable Growth, the report looks at BIAC’s work in a number of focus areas; one of these areas is concerned with its involvement in nanotechnology
UN Experts to assess Applicability of GHS criteria for a Number of Nanomaterials
A report from a recently convened session of the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the GHS-CLP has indicated that ‘a small number of nanomaterials’ are to be evaluated for classification under the GHS system. The meeting was held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 2 to 4 July 2014
New Handbook for Notifiers about Australian NICNAS contains Information on Nanomaterials
Australia’s Department of Health has issued a handbook which ‘provide[s] basic information to notifiers about fulfilling NICNAS’s requirements. The handbook contains 12 chapters, although the section on reporting nanomaterials is Appendix H
EC SCENIHR publishes preliminary Guidance on determining Health Effect of Nano in Medical Devices
EC SCENIHR has published a draft opinion, Guidance on the Determination of Potential Health Effects of Nanomaterials used in Medical Devices. The Committee concludes that ‘the potential risk is mainly associated with the possibility for release of free nanoparticles from the device and the duration of exposure’, and is ‘dependent on the method of...
NIA comments that National Nano Registers have been detrimental for Nanotechnology
At the recently held EC Validation Workshop on Nano Transparency Measures, NIA's Director General Dr Steffi Friedrichs commented that ‘none of the current registers has fully addressed the issue of nanomaterial safety’. Furthermore ‘they have actually been detrimental to nanotechnology, with customers asking for products not containing...
EFSA Inventory of Nano Applications in Agriculture, Food and Feed described in Report
EFSA has published a report called Inventory of Nanotechnology applications in the agricultural, feed and food sector. The objective of the study was two-fold: ‘(i) [to prepare] an inventory of current and potential future applications of nanotechnology in the agri/feed/food sector; and (ii) to review the regulation of nanomaterials in the EU as...
EC Joint Research Centre publishes Characterisation and Preparation Info for Cerium Dioxide Representative Test Materials
The EC's JRC has today published a new Science and Policy Report, Cerium Dioxide, NM-211, NM-212, NM-213. Characterisation and test item preparation. The report ‘presents the physico-chemical characterisation of Representative Test Materials (RTMs) of manufactured nano cerium dioxide’, with the aim that they ‘may be used as representative material...
Publications from the ILSI NanoRelease Food Additive Project now freely available
The ILSI NanoRelease Food Additive Project, in which NIA participates, has recently published five scientific publications in the journal Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety. An earlier publication had been published in April 2014 in ACS nano
Canada endorses OECD Recommendations on Safety Assessment of Manufactured Nanomaterials
In the latest issue of Canada’s Chemicals Management Plan Progress Report, the country ‘has endorsed a recommendation from the OECD’ on the safety testing and assessment of manufactured nanomaterials. The report also reveals that ‘the Canada-US RCC Nanotechnology Initiative is now complete’
New OECD Brochure illustrates how Work on using Manufactured Nanomaterials sustainably in Tyres contributes to Green Growth
The OECD has released a brochure entitled Green growth: chemical safety and biosafety. In it the organisation provides a case-study on ‘the sustainability of the use of manufactured nanomaterials in tyres’ that was carried out as part of the OECD’s Chemical Safety and Biosafety Programme
US EPA issues SNURs for two Carbon Nanotube Substances; receives multiple Nano Pre-Manufacture Notices
The US EPA has today announced Significant New Use Rulings (SNUR) for 13 chemical substances, and revealed that from 23 May 2013 to 30 September 2013 it received 249 Pre-Manufacutre Notices (PMN). Two of the SNURs apply to carbon nanotube (CNT) substances, and ten of the PMNs received are for nanomaterials
OECD-ISO Joint Meeting Report highlights Need for Updates to OECD Test Guidelines
The OECD has released a new document, Report of the OECD Expert Meeting on the Physical Chemical Properties of Manufactured Nanomaterials and Test Guidelines. The meeting, which brought together members of the OECD WPMN and ISO TC/229, was attended by NIA. The report presents an overview of ‘the discussion and recommendations derived from the...
Swedish NGO publishes Report on Opportunities and Challenges of Nanotechnology
A Swedish NGO, the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC), has published a report entitled Managing the unseen – opportunities and challenges with nanotechnology. The report calls for Sweden to develop a ‘national strategy for dealing with the safety of nanomaterials’ as well as ‘a national inventory system’ for nano containing products
Nano-Silver should be regulated no differently than Regular Silver, says Swiss EMPA Study
The Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) recently carried out a study that observed that ‘textiles treated with ‘conventional’ silver have equal or greater propensity to form nano-silver particles during washing conditions than those treated with ‘nano’-silver’. The researchers therefore concluded that this ‘...
EC SCCS to assess Use of nanoscale Hydroxyapatite in Cosmetics
The EC has requested that the SCCS investigate ‘the use of Hydroxyapatite in nano form’ in cosmetic products. The EC’s concerns are over ‘the potential for nanoparticles of Hydroxyapatite to be absorbed and enter into the cells [of the body]’
Project demonstrates Feasibility of producing certified Nano Reference Material for Food
A paper has been published detailing a ‘proof of principle exercise’ on ‘producing reference materials for the detection and quantification of silica nanoparticles in food’. The paper, Production of reference materials for the detection and size determination of silica nanoparticles in tomato soup, was written by partners of the EC FP7 NanoLyse...