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US FDA publishes Nanotechnology Guidance for Industry Documents
Implementing the recommendations from its 2007 Nanotechnology Task Force Report, the US FDA published on 24 June 2014 three final guidance documents as well as one draft guidance document for nanotechnology applications in regulated products, including cosmetics and food substances. The documents ‘reflect the FDA’s current thinking’ and contain...
Non-Specialist Summary of EC Scientific Opinion on Nano Titanium Dioxide Use in Sunscreens published
The EC has published a summary of the opinion on the use of titanium dioxide in sunscreens that ‘can be easily understood by non-specialists’. It is a summary of an opinion that was produced by the SCCS in July 2013
US NNI publishes Progress Review on Implementation of EHS Research Strategy
The US NNI has provided an overview of the progress it has made on its 2011 EHS Research Strategy. The strategy was developed by the National Science and Technology Council Committee on Technology’s (NSET) Subcommittee’s Nanotechnology Environmental and Health Implications (NEHI) Working Group
Danish Nano Product Register Order comes into Effect Today
The Danish Ministry of the Environment has signaled that the country’s order on the register of mixtures and products containing nanomaterials come into effect today. The first reporting to the nano-product register has to be carried out by 30 August 2015, for the period between 20 June 2014 and 20 June 2015
EC SCENIHR publishes final Opinion on Nanosilver
EC SCENIHR has published its final opinion on the risk assessment of nanosilver in Nanosilver: safety, health and environmental effects and role in antimicrobial resistance. The Committee was asked by the EC ‘whether the use of nanosilver, in particular in medical care and in consumer products, could result in additional risks compared to more...
NIA Comment on draft Nanosilver Opinion now publicly available
EC SCENIHR has published its final opinion on nanosilver. In doing so it has also published all the comments that were sent to it when it published its draft opinion in December 2013, including NIA's
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EFSA declares Silicon Dioxide, Silanated, as Safe for Use in all Food Contact Materials
EFSA has, upon investigation, concluded that ‘the substance silicon dioxide, silanated, does not raise a safety concern for the consumer in the currently authorised conditions of use’ and can be used in additives in all types of plastics ‘without restriction’. EFSA’s CEF Panel looked at the material following a request from the EC for re-...
Nanosafety Cluster releases 2014 Compendium of EU-funded Nano Projects
The Nanosafety Cluster has released the fourth edition of its compendium, documenting ‘the status of important EU-funded projects on nanomaterial toxicity and exposure monitoring, integrated risk management, research infrastructure and coordination and support activities as well as regulaltory-focussed research on nanosafety’
Canadian OHS Agency investigates Nano-related Safety Aspects in Industrial Manufacturing Processes
Quebec’s IRSST (Institut de recherché Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail) has, with the aid of NanoQuebec, published a paper called Measuring, Controlling and Characterizing Nanoparticles – Procedure Applied to Machining and Mechanical Friction. The authors state that it reveals ‘the presence of ultrafine particles in machining...
European Consumer NGO outlines its Proposals for Nano Regulation
ANEC recently published a position paper highlighting ‘the need for enhanced EU Regulations’ on chemicals. As part of this the NGO called for ‘specific provisions for nanomaterials to be implemented’
US NIOSH developing Safe Nano Design Education Module
NIOSH has revealed in its recently released publication, The State of the National Initiative on Prevention through Design: Progress Report 2014, that it is developing an education module on ‘Safe Nano Design’. It will be based around the ‘Prevention through Design’ (PtD) approach, which focuses on considering the safety needs of workers that...
New EU Safety at Work Strategy to address Nanomaterials
The EC has presented a Communication on an EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work 2014-2020. The framework ‘identifies key challenges and strategic objectives for health and safety at work, presents key actions and identifies instruments to address these’
EC SCENIHR to adopt Opinion on Nanomaterials used in Medical Devices
EC SCENIHR is set to soon approve and/or adopt an opinion on its Guidance on the determination of Potential Health Effects of Nanomaterials Used in Medical Devices. It is expected to do so at its 6th Plenary Meeting, which will be held on 10-11 June 2014
Danish NGO outlines Concerns over Nanomaterials in new e-Book
The Danish Ecological Council has published a report, entitled Chemicals in Politics and Everyday Life – EU’s Chemical Regulation REACH, Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, Nanomaterials and Cocktail Effects. The report contains describes the regulatory landscape around nanomaterials, and highlights its concerns over the materials
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NIA Member BASF describes Nanotechnology as “Innovation Driver in Numerous Applications”
BASF has described ‘nanotechnology as [an] innovation driver in numerous applications’, and it recently held a Research Press Conference on Nanotechnology: Small dimensions – great opportunities. Dr Andreas Kreimeyer, member of its Board of Executive Directors and Research Executive Director, discussed how nanotechnology helps it “lead the field...
NRW Nano-Conferece issues Call for Presentations
For the first time the NRW Nano-Conference is issuing a call for presentations. To be held in Dortmund in December 2014, the event is offering those who are enthusiastic about nanotechnologies and their societal impact to have the opportunity to present their applications, products and research projects at this event
NGO calls for more regulatory Oversight of Nano in Australia
The NGO Friends of the Earth Australia has published an overview of nanotechnology-related developments in the food and agricultural sectors in Australia that have occurred since its last report on the topic in 2008. Entitled Way too little: Our Government’s Failure to regulate Nanomaterials in Food and Agriculture, the report opines that ‘since...
SwedNanoTech and NIA hold Nano Forum 2014
NIA Member SwedNanoTech recently held its annual ‘Nano Forum’ conference in Sweden. Co-organised with NIA, the conference discussed nanotechnology safety and innovation with hundreds of visitors from industry and academia