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EC JRC publishes second in Series of Reports looking toward the Review of the Recommended Definition
The EC JRC has published a report, entitled Towards a review of the EC Recommendation for a definition of the term ‘nanomaterial’ – Part 2: Assessment of collected information concerning the experience with the definition. It builds on the first report in the series, which presented a compilation of information received on how stakeholders found...
NIA highlights Impact of Nanotech Regulations on Industry in Webinar
An article published by Bloomberg BNA has quoted NIA Director-General Dr Steffi Friedrichs on the way in which the nanotechnology industries are being affected by regulatory developments worldwide. The article juxtaposes the view of a recently released OECD report with the view expressed by Dr Friedrichs in a webinar she recently presented at
Article on Belgian Nano Register Questions its Legality
An article written by a legal expert has raised the question of how compatible the upcoming Belgian nano register is with EU law, and even with Belgian administrative law. The main areas of contention are reported to be in whether it impedes the ‘freedom of movement’ of goods in the EU, and the definition of ‘substance manufactured at [the]...
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...
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...
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
NIA EXCLUSIVE Document: NIA Status Update on European Regulations - June 2014
NIA has compiled an exclusive Members report giving a short and concise description and status update on EU regulations that have included specific provisions related to nanotechnology, and on regulations that are indirectly applicable to nanomaterials
EC and European Experts meet to discuss Revisions to rejected Nano Food Labelling Regulation
EC and EU Member State representatives today discussed at an Expert Group meeting a revised draft of a Commission Delegated Regulation on the provision of food information to consumers. The discussion focused on ‘transitional measures, and the interaction with novel foods/cosmetics/review of Commission recommendation of the definition of ‘...
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’
EC JRC publishes Report on Nanomaterial labelling and reporting Schemes
The EC's JRC has published its Considerations on Information Needs for Nanomaterials in Consumer Products: Discussion of a labelling and reporting Scheme for Nanomaterials in Consumers Products in the EU. Developed by the JRC-IHCP, the ‘report recapitulates issues relevant for the on-going discussion on transparency and [the] requests for more...
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Consultations on ISO and IEC Standards - Deadlines: 23 May and 17 June 2014
NIA Members are invited to contribute to a ISO/IEC new work item proposal on vocabulary for graphene and to three other IEC/TC 113 documents
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...
EC JRC publishes Report compiling Information related to Experience of using EC Nano Definition
The EC's JRC has published a report, Towards a review of the EC Recommendation for a definition of the term ‘nanomaterial’ – Part 1: Compilation of information concerning the experience with the definition. An article of the EC recommended definition states that a review will be made ‘in the light of experience and of scientific and technological...
NIA Meeting Report from EC Definition Workshop available for NIA Members
NIA recently participated in a technical workshop discussing the European Commission recommendation on the definition of nanomaterial (2011/696/EU). The NIA meeting report from this meeting is now available for NIA Members
EP opposes new Definition of Engineered Nanomaterial for Food labelling
The European Parliament (EP) has rejected the European Commission’s proposal for a delegated act amending the Regulation 1169/2011 Concerning the Provision of Food Information to Consumer (FIC). By doing so it has followed the example of its Committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI), who had in February 2014 opposed it as...
MEPs reject EC Nano Food Proposal for failing to adequately inform Consumers
A proposed regulation containing a definition of ‘engineered nanomaterials’ in food has been rejected by members of the European Parliament’s ENVI Committee. The Members felt ‘the definition could lead to existing nanomaterials not being labelled’
New Proposal for a Regulation on Novel Foods targets Nanomaterials
The European Commission has published a new proposal for a Regulation on Novel Foods 2013/045(COD); this draft document is a new attempt to review the legal framework for novel foods that was set in Europe with the 1997 Regulation on Novel Foods (EC) 258/97
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
UPDATE: Danish Nano Register Notice to EC claims “it will be established how many uses of nano-Product do not pose a Risk”
The Danish EPA has informed the EC of a ‘draft Order on a register of mixtures and articles that contain nanomaterials as well as the requirement for manufacturers and imports to report to the register’. The register 'will serve to instil general consumer confidence in nano paroducts as it will be established how many uses of nano products do not...
NIA Consultation: Danish Nano Product Register draft Order
The Danish EPA has notified the EC of a draft Order 'on a register of mixtures and articles that contain nanomaterials as well as the requirement for manufacturers and imports to report to the register’. NIA Members are invited to submit their comments on this Order to NIA