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NIA Symposium hears about Progress on National Reporting Schemes, Leading Industry Periodical reports
Discussions and presentations held as part of the NIA’s recent symposium, Mandatory Reporting Schemes & Databases of Nanomaterials, have been reported on by a leading chemicals industry periodical
Dutch RIVM reviews EU Nanomaterial Definition
A scientific journal has published an article that describes 'the current status of various regulatory frameworks of the European Union with regard to nanomaterials'. The paper, Considerations on the EU definition of a nanomaterial: Science to support policy making, was authored by the Dutch RIVM
Canada amends Domestic Substances List to include Nanoscale Materials
Canada has amended elements of its Domestic Substances List and now takes note of nanoscale versions of certain materials. The substances to which these changes are relevant are 'cellulose, hydrogen sulphate, and sodium salt (obtained from sulphuric acid hydrolysis of bleached pulp)'
Size at which Materials gain 'Nanospecific Properties' unclear, says Study endorsed by RIVM
A study commissioned by the Dutch RIVM has found that there is neither 'the experimental data nor the theoretical explanations' to determine the size at which 'properties [of materials] are changed to "nanospecific properties"'. The authority had funded this study so it could create 'size thresholds [that] can then be used to prepare the Dutch...
EFSA creating Inventory of nano-based Food and Feed Activities
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is working on an Inventory of food additives/food contact materials/feed additives applications in the area of nanotechnologies. A sum of EUR 100,000 has been allocated to the organisation's Feed Unit for the task so that they may deliver 'one external scientific report' by September 2013
NGOs present their 'Nano Patch' Proposal for the Regulation of Nanomaterials
A group of NGOs has released a draft REACH Regulation. Its publication comes 'in reaction' to the EC's Second Regulatory Review on nanomaterials, with one of the authors stating, "if we do not act now, we risk waiting until the damage is already done"
NGOs present their 'Nano Patch' Proposal for the Regulation of Nanomaterials
A group of NGOs has released a draft proposal intended to amend the nanotechnology-related aspects of the EC's REACH Regulation. Its publication comes 'in reaction' to the EC's Second Regulatory Review on nanomaterials, with one of the authors stating, "if we do not act now, we risk waiting until the damage is already done"
REACH Test Method is more Work for Nanoscale Materials than for Conventional ones, German BAuA finds
The German BAuA has published a report which concludes that the effort required to work with one of the test methods under the EC's REACH regulation may well be higher for nanoscale materials than for ordinary ones. The report states that some of the testing methods are inappropriate for nanomaterials and thus suggests more applicable ones
NIA responds to Changes proposed for Danish Chemicals Act
The NIA has issued a response to the Danish Ministry of the Environment following its announcement that it plans to create a national database of nanotechnology-related products. The NIA 'anticipates that the provided comments will be considered...during...revision of the chemical law'
NIA responds to EC Call for Information on Safety of Medical Devices containing Nanomaterials
The NIA has responded to a request for information and expert input required for an investigation into the safety of nanomaterials in medical devices. The response by was made following a period of consultation it had held with its members. The call was issued by EC SCENIHR
'Benefits of nano save Lives' says the European Commission
The EC has published their 2nd Regulatory Review on Nanomaterials. This comprises a Commission Communication and a SWP and follows up from the previous 2008 Communication. It explains that 'the benefits of nanomaterials range from saving lives, breakthroughs enabling new applications or reducing the environmental impacts to improving the function...
EC Revision proposes Nano labelling for medical Devices
The EC has revised two regulations under its medical devices directive. One of the amendments states that, 'where applicable, an indication that the device incorporates or consists of nanomaterial' should be shown on the product's label. Furthermore all such devices are categorised as class III chemicals, so as to indicate a high level of concern
No single Measurement Method can currently satisfy EU nano Definition, finds EC JRC
The EC JRC has stated that no currently available measurement method for nanomaterials can be universally used for determining whether the Commission's recommended definition can be fulfilled. The finding is contained in a recently published JRC Reference Report
BEUC publishes Position Paper on planned Update of Cosmetics Nanomaterial Definition
BEUC has today released a position paper on the upcoming revision of the cosmetics nanomaterial definition; in it the body proposes that the 'scope and elements [for] which a definition for the term "nano-material" for cosmetics should comprise [is] based on the [European] Commission recommendation'. The paper 'outlines which elements such a...
European Parliament STOA publishes Report on 'NanoSafety'
The European Parliament's STOA has published a report entitled NanoSafety - Risk Governance of Manufactured Nanoparticles. The document, published by the EP's DG for Internal Policies, 'deals with the potential EHS risks of engineered nanomaterials'
BSI publishes three new Nanotechnology Standards; announces Development of a fourth
BSI has today released three new Publicly Available Specifications (PAS) for nanotechnology, and has announced that work is being carried out on a fourth
Dutch RIVM calls for further Guidance on EC Nanomaterial Definition
The Dutch RIVM recently released a report in which it stated that, whilst the European Commission's recent recommended definition of nanomaterial 'contains the relevant aspects...further guidance is needed to ensure the definition is interpreted consistently'. The review looks at both the scientific and the legislative implications of the EC's...
EC SCCS publishes ''Guidance on the Safety Assessment of Nanomaterials in Cosmetics''
The EC SCCS has compiled a document, whose intention is to provide 'scientific advice it [the EC] needs when preparing policy and proposals' for the use of nanomaterials in cosmetic products. The report states that it 'has made possible the identification of a number of issues and questions regarding the types of information and data unique to...
NGOs highlight their Concerns over growing number of Nanosilver Products
A report recently published by both ANEC and BEUC has said that 117 products containing nano-scale silver were found by them in Europe between 2011 and 2012. The review, Nano: Very small and Everywhere, states that 'this is a tremendous growth of claims', as in 2009 only 151 products were found to claim to have any nanomaterials in them
FACOSH briefs US Secretary of Labor on Dispersible Engineered Nanomaterials
The US Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health has submitted a document to the US Secretary of Labor containing information on federal agencies' use of PELs. The review looks at a number of different areas, including dispersible engineered nanomaterials