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OECD Survey on Wastewater Treatment indicates Member Countries concerned about Nanoparticles
The OECD has published a report that summarises responses to a survey it ran in 2012 on wastewater treatment. In it the OECD reveals that a number of different countries are concerned about nanoparticle presence in wastewater, although very few have begun projects to investigate the matter further
French Agency ANSES supports stronger Nano Regulatory Framework at European Level
ANSES, the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety, has called for ‘the immediate implementation of tools to improve risk management [of nanotechnologies] through a stronger regulatory framework at [the] European level’. It made this call today in a review it published on ‘the available literature on health and...
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ISO publishes two Nano Toxicology Standards
ISO TC/229 has recently published two new standards: ISO/TR 16197:2014 – Nanotechnologies – Compilation and description of toxicological screening methods for manufactured nanomaterials; and ISO/TS 16550:2014 – Nanotechnologies – Determination of silver nanoparticles potency by release of muramic acid from Staphylococcus aureus
Cancer Research Agency IARC considers MWCNTs high Priority for Assessment
An advisory group for the International Agency for Research on Cancer has recommended that MWCNTs be considered ‘a high priority for assessment’. The group met to recommend priorities for the organisations publication, the ‘Monograph’
EC announces Public Consultation on Transparency Measures for Nanomaterials
EC DG ENTR has announced that, ‘as part of the Communication on the Second Regulatory Review on Nanomaterials, the European Commission […will develop] an impact assessment to identify and develop the most adequate means to increase transparency and ensure regulatory oversight on nanomaterials’. In order to support the development of this...
ECHA to hold Workshop on Regulatory Challenges in Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials
ECHA is to hold a Topical Scientific Workshop on the Regulatory Challenges in Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials. The aim is to ‘discuss and update principles and guidelines for assessing human health and environmental risks of chemical substances in [the] nanoform’. NIA’s Dr Carlander will be a member of the Scientific Committee preparing the...
BASF Research suggests Nanomaterials could be grouped according to Safety Assessment Results
Researchers from BASF recently carried out a short-term inhalation study on 13 metal oxide nanomaterials, and as a result grouped them on the basis of their toxicological potential. In their conclusion the team suggested that forms of grouping based on the results of safety assessments, ‘might be more relevant in predicting nanomaterial effects'
UN Agency ILO uses Nano as Example of Safety Concerns associated with Emerging Technologies
The International Labour Organization has published Safety and Health in the Use of Chemicals at Work for the world day for safety and health at work, which takes place today. It notes that ‘the rate of innovation and research regarding the development and use of chemicals is rapid, but the pace of investigating the safety and health aspects of...
OECD Guidance Document considers it “Premature” to group Nanomaterials
The OECD has published its Guidance on Grouping of Chemicals, Second Edition. The document contains a brief section on nanomaterials in 6.9, where it cautions that ‘it seems premature to develop guidance on grouping specifically for nanomaterials’
US EPA details Work done on Nanotechnology
The US EPA has published its Fiscal Year 2014-2018 EPA Strategic Plan. In it the Agency describes its strategic goals, cross-agency strategies, and a strategic measurement framework. Nanotechnologies are briefly featured in the report
French Agency publishes Opinion on the Modification of REACH Annexes for Nanomaterials
In a position paper from 2 April 2014, the French National Agency for Food Safety, Environment and Labour, ANSES, detailed its views on the review of the annexes of the European overarching chemicals regulation
NGOs call for EC to treat Nanomaterials differently from Bulk Forms
A number of NGOs have published a joint position paper stating that ‘current EU legislation does not guarantee that all nanomaterials on the market are safe by [them] being assessed separately from the bulk form of the substance’. They suggest that, ‘as for every other chemical substance placed on the EU market, nanomaterials need to undergo a...
US EPA bans Sale of Company's unregistered nano-Silver Products
The US EPA has ordered a company to stop selling some of its nano-silver products in the country as they had ‘not been tested or registered’ with the agency. The products were marketed as containing nano-silver as an active ingredient that would help ‘reduce the growth of mold, fungus and bacteria’, but EPA contests that they cannot make such...
Nano-Silver to be reviewed under ECHA Substance Evaluation Plan in 2014
ECHA has released an updated version of its Community Rolling Action Plan (CoRAP) for 2014-2016. Silver is listed for evaluation in 2014 by the Netherlands due to concerns over the ecotoxicity of the nano-form of the substance, and its environmental fate
ECHA publishes Safety Assessment “Best practice” for Nano REACH Registrants
ECHA has published the a report entitled Human health and environmental exposure assessment and risk characterisation of nanomaterials: Best practice for REACH registrants. Its contents are based on findings from the third and final meeting of a group it convened, the Group Assessing Already Registered Nanomaterials (GAARN)
EU NanoSafety Cluster launches Database Survey
The EU NanoSafety Cluster (NSC) is looking for respondents to a survey it is running on nanosafety-related databases worldwide. The objective ‘is [to] help owners and administrators of nanosafety-related databases to broaden awareness of their databases and to ensure interoperability of data’
German UBA Study favours single European Nano Product Register over many National ones
A study recently publishes by the German UBA has concluded that ‘the creation of [a] horizontal European register of products containing nanomaterials, which is buil[t] on present substance- and product-related regulations, is preferable to a separate register’. Their findings indicate that a register making use of existing regulatory obligations...
ECHA publishes revised “Chemicals in our life” Area for Public; contains Section on Nanotechnology
ECHA has published a revised version of its ‘Chemicals in our life’ section for the general public, which describes ‘how chemicals can be used safely in our daily life both at home and at work’. There are a number of mentions of nanotechnologies in here, although the main one is contained in a section on ‘hot scientific topics’