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News & Alerts

Harmonised Terminologies facilitate International Commerce - NIA comments on California's proposed Green Chemistry Regulation
The NIA has provided comments on California's Green Chemistry Proposed Regulation for Safer Consumer Products. A member of the CalNIN Regulatory Committee, the NIA supported Network's Regulatory Committee in the collation and submission of comments to the Safer Consumer Product Alternatives Regulation, proposed and published by the California DTSC...
European Commission proposes legal Definition of the Term 'Nanomaterial'
The European Commission has started an online consultation on a Proposal for a definition of the term ‘nanomaterial' that the European Commission intends to use as an over arching, broadly applicable reference term for any European Union communication or legislation addressing nanomaterials
Australia extends 'New Chemicals' Regulation to Nanomaterials
One year after the publication and public consultation of its Proposal for Regulatory Reform of Industrial Nanomaterials, the Australian Government's National Industrial Chemicals Notification Scheme (NICNAS) has published a Notice of Adjustments to NICNAS new Chemicals Process for Industrial Nanomaterials
'Nano'-Labels on Biocidal Products - European Parliament adopts Proposal for Regulation of 'Nanomaterials' under the Biocides Directive
The European Parliament adopted a legislative resolution (1st reading, 22 September 2010) on the proposal for a regulation concerning the Placing on the market and use of biocidal products (provisional edition of the text adopted)
NIA calls for science-based 'Nanomaterial' Definition
'Any definition of the term 'nanomaterial' for regulatory purposes should...be based on scientific and technical criteria that uniquely describe phenomena resulting from the spatial confinement of a material', commences the detailed evidence which the NIA has submitted to the Public Consultation on the proposed SCENIHR Opinion on 'Scientific...
The California Green Chemistry Initiative and the shrinking Nanoscale
The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has submitted its Green Chemistry Proposed Regulation for Safer Consumer Products to the state Office of Administrative Law (OAL); this submission commences the official rule-making process
EC Scientific Committee recommends a high upper Threshold for a tiered Definition of the Term
Only two weeks after the official publication of the EC JRC's Reference Report on the Considerations on a Definition of Nanomaterial for Regulatory Purposes (EUR 24403 EN), SCENIHR has published an opinion paper that aims to provide ‘advice on the essential scientific elements of a working definition for the term “nanomaterial” for regulatory...
EC Research Centre proposes Definition for 'Particulate Nanomaterials'
The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has published a report on the 'Considerations on a Definition of Nanomaterial for Regulatory Purposes', which aims ‘to discuss elements of a definition of the term ‘nanomaterial’ based on a scientific analysis of related issues as well as a review of currently available definitions’
Nanotechnology Standardization: CEN publishes Annual Report 2009
In its Annual Report 2009, the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) summarises its continuing work on Nanotechnologies Standardisation
Nanomaterials are big in California: DTSC redefined the Nanoscale
The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) today published its Green Chemistry Draft Regulation for Safer Consumer Products. The draft regulation, which will apply to all consumer products made available for use in California, makes a number of proposals for 'nano'
Canada bans Nanotechnology in ‘Organics’
According to The Organic & Non-GMO-Report (volume 10, Issue 5 May 2010), ‘[a]n amendment was added to Canada’s national organic rules banning nanotechnology as a “Prohibited Substance or Method.” The section lists substances or techniques that are prohibited in organic food production
US Office of Pesticide Programs announces new Policy and Interpretation of Regulation and for Nanomaterials
On the 29 and 30 April 2010, the Pesticides Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) discussed the use of nanomaterials by the pesticides industry, as well as the related policy considerations
California Authorities urged to implement Nanomaterials Policies, Regulations and Legislations
The Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE) at UCSF released a draft report for public consultation, entitled A Nanotechnology Policy Framework: Policy Recommendations for Addressing Potential Health Risks from Nanomaterials in California, commissioned by the Californian OEHHA
European Council rejects Parliament Proposal for Labelling of Nanomaterials in Food
The European Council has adopted its first Reading position on a draft regulation concerning Novel Foods. The decision, which was taken without discussion at the Environment Council in Brussels on the 15 March 2010, reflects the Council's political agreement approved on 22 June 2009
European Commission urgently demands science-based Definition of Nanomaterials
The European Commission’s (EC) Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) has receivedan urgent request for a Scientific Opinion via Accelerated Procedure: Scientific basis for the definition of the term “nanomaterial”
Health Canada launches Definition of Nanomaterials
Health Canada has announced the adoption of an Interim Policy Statement on Health Canada's Working Definition for Nanomaterials. According to the statement on the Heath Canada website, ‘the Acts and Regulations [currently] administered by Health Canada have no explicit reference to nanomaterial'
NIA calls for strategic Research Planning in Collaboration with Industries
The Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) has submitted consolidate comments to the European Commission Consultation, Towards a Strategic Nanotechnology Action Plan (SNAP) 2010-2015. The electronic submission tool was somewhat restrictive, and many answers needed to be given in a multiple-choice format
NIA warns Australian Authorities of burdensome Notification
The NIA has provided comments to Proposal for Regulatory Reform of Industrial Nanomaterials, published as part of a public consultation by the Australian NICNAS in November 2009
NIA gives Evidence to UK House of Lords Hearing on ‘Nanotechnologies and Food’
Following the written comments which the NIA submitted to the UK House of Lords enquiry on Nanotechnologies and Food, Dr Steffi Friedrichs, Director of the NIA, was invited as a witness to give evidence in front of the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee I
Council of the European Union approves draft Novel Foods Regulation
The Council of the European Union has approved a political agreement on a draft regulation concerning novel foods. On the topic of the ‘definition of novel food and the scope of the regulation’, the Council agreed on the following: 'Furthermore, food containing or consisting of engineered nanomaterials is explicitly included in the scope of the...