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Spain, Portugal and Argentina sign MoU to strengthen Cooperation on Nano
The Argentinian, Portuguese and Spanish governments have declared they will ‘strengthen scientific and technical cooperation between [… them] in the area of nanotechnology’. An MoU on the matter was signed by national representatives on 11 March in Lisbon, Portugal
OECD publishes Expert Meeting Report on Ecotoxicology and Environmental Fate of Manufactured Nanomaterials
The OECD has released a report of an expert meeting it held in January 2013 in Berlin under the auspices of the WPMN. Entitled Ecotoxicology and Environmental Fate of Manufactured Nanomaterials: Test Guidelines, the document covers discussions and conclusions from the meeting, which had aimed to ‘(i) discuss the applicability of existing OECD Test...
German BAuA presents first Review of Nanotechnology Safety Projects
BAuA has published a review of ‘over 80 safety research projects in the field of nanotechnology’ involving national governmental research institutions. It states that in the 2007-2011 period covered by the report, ‘it has been possible to close numerous gaps in knowledge’ and that ‘a series of findings has already flowed into national and...
ECHA publishes 2013 REACH Evaluation Report; highlights Work done on Nanotechnologies
ECHA has published a report evaluating the work it had done in 2013 under REACH. In a press release, it states that ‘the focus of dossier evaluation activities was on compliance checks’ and that ‘928 were concluded during the year’ – three of these checks were carried out on registered nanomaterials
ICCR concludes existing Risk Assessment Paradigm applicable to Nanomaterials
Experts from the ICCR have stated that ‘the existing risk assessment paradigm (based on exposure assessment, hazard identification and hazard characterization followed by risk characterization), in use for conventional chemicals, is also applicable to nanomaterials’. This is contained in the report Safety Approaches to Nanomaterials in Cosmetics,...
NIA Member Enquiry on Experiences using Nano Particle Exposure Monitors
An NIA Member is seeking input from other Members on their experience of using personal nano particle exposure monitors. The questionnaire is brief and will take no more than 5 minutes to complete, but will immeasurably help a fellow Member in their work
EC Project NANoREG publishes first Newsletter
The NANoREG project has highlighted the successes of its preparatory stages through the publication of an official newsletter. It states that regulators have articulated their ‘questions and needs’ and that gaps in knowledge have been identified
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Consultation - EC SCCS Request for Information on Nano Silica - DEADLINE: 15 May 2014
The EC SCCS has received a request from the EC to investigate the use of certain nano silica materials in cosmetics. The SCCS has in turn asked stakeholders to provide them with relevant information. NIA intends to respond to this call for informaton on behalf of its Members
EC SCCS requests Information on Nano Silica in Cosmetics
The EC's SCCS has received a request by the EC to investigate the use of silica in nano. In turn the SCCS has invited interested third parties to submit relevant information that could assist the committee in providing the Commission with an opinion by 31 May 2014
News Sources cover NIA Members Consultation on EC SCCS Carbon Black Opinion
The EC's SCCS published an opinion on the nano-form of Carbon Black on 12 December 2013, following its 4th plenary meeting. NIA invited its Members to provide their opinions on both this and a memorandum on the Relevance and Quality of Data in Safety Dossiers on Nanomaterials by 14 Feb 2014; this NIA consultation was reported by both Cosmetics...
CEN/CENELEC clarifies future Nano Activities in its 2014 Work Programme
CEN and CENELEC have published their 2014 work programme for European Standardization and related activities. Amongst other topics, the document contains a section outlining what work will be done on nanotechnologies
NIA provides Comments on SCENIHR preliminary Opinion on Nanosilver
On 13 December 2013 EC SCENIHR published a preliminary opinion on nanosilver: Nanosilver: safety, health and environmental effects and role in antimicrobial resistance. Comments were to be made by 2 Feb 2014. NIA has replied on behalf of its Members
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Briefing: ISO/TS 13830:2013 Nanotechnologies – Guidance on voluntary labelling for Consumer Products containing manufactured Nano-objects
ISO published a new technical specification (TS), ISO/TS 13830:2013 Nanotechnologies – Guidance on voluntary labelling for consumer products containing manufactured nano-objects on 6 December 2013. This provides guidance on the voluntary labelling of consumer products containing manufactured nano-objects. The publication of this TS echoes a number...
ISO publishes second Part of Nanotechnology Occupational Risk Management Standard
ISO has made available for purchase ISO/TS 12901-2: 2014. Published by TC/229, this standard ‘describes the use of a control banding approach for controlling the risks associated with occupational exposures to nano-objects, and their aggregates and agglomerates greater than 100nm (NOAA), even if knowledge regarding their toxicity and quantitative...
NIA EXCLUSIVE: 10% Discount on TechConnect World: Nanotech Advanced Materials & Applications
NIA Members can receive a 10% discount on registration for this event - contact the NIA Events Team for more details.
EC Regulation on the Definition of Engineered Nanomaterial declared ‘null and void’
An act in a recently announced European Commission regulation has been declared 'null and void'. The regulation in question is EC Regulation No. 1169/2011, which is related to the provision of food information to consumers, and had only been published the day before
NIA Members Consultation – SCCS draft opinons on Carbon Black and Memorandum of Data Quality – Deadline 14 February 2014
The EC SCCS adopted on 12 December 2013 two opinions related to nanomaterials. NIA Members are invited to provide any input and comments they have in relation to the two drafts to NIA no later than 14 February 2014
JRC unveils Nano Web Platform
The EC's JRC has published an online web platform ‘which is mainly based on links to available information’ on nanomaterials. This is the culmination of efforts by a number of EC services in response to the Commission’s second regulatory review on nanomaterials in 2012, which stated that there was a ‘need for better accessible information’ and...
New Definition of ‘Engineered Nanomaterial’ in the EU Food Information to Consumers Regulation
Empowered by Article 18(5) of Regulation 1169/2011 Concerning the Provision of Food Information to Consumers, the European Commission has issued a delegated act to amend the definition of ‘engineered nanomaterial’ present in the text
EC SCENIHR publishes preliminary Opinion on Health Effects of Nanosilver
The EC's SCENIHR has released a draft of its opinion on Nanosilver: safety, health and environmental effects and role in antimicrobial resistance. The Committee states that ‘the increasing use of nanosilver in several, significantly different, consumer products will most probably result in lifelong human exposure via various routes’; whilst ‘no...