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News & Alerts

NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Consultation - Danish Nanomaterial Product Register
The Danish Environmental Protection Agency (Miljøstyrelsen) launched on 4 July a public consultation related to a draft executive order for a register for mixtures and products that contain or releases nanomaterials and the duty of manufacturers and importers to provide information to the register
Belgium publishes draft Nano Legislation
Belgium today informed the EC that it has published a draft of a decree that would ‘implement a register of substances manufactured at the nanoscale based on declarations of products containing such substances by the parties placing these products on the market’. The legislation would apply from 1 January 2015 for materials containing...
US EPA Ruling cracks down on Nano Manufacturing done without protective Equipment
US EPA has announced a final ruling for determining significant new uses of 17 materials, 2 of which are types of carbon nanotube. Those ‘[…] persons who intend to manufacture or process’ these materials for activities deemed ‘significant new use[s]’ must notify the Agency ‘at least 90 days before commencing […]’. The ruling comes into effect on...
NIA Member offering French Nano Dossier Submission Support
NIA Member The REACH Centre is offering to support companies submitting registering dossiers for the French nano reporting scheme. The reporting deadline was recently extended to 30 June 2013, after which time manufacturers and importers could face significant financial penalties
Early Results indicate total of 4 Nanomaterials registered by 2013 REACH Deadline
ECHA’s Director of Registration has stated that the agency has received REACH registrations for “4 substances registered as nanomaterials, and the number of dossiers corresponding to these…is 80”. Speaking at a press conference, the representative did indicate that this is “a very preliminary number” and that full details would be revealed in...
EC looking to address Concerns about Nanomaterials produced at low Volumes
The Deputy DG of the EC’s Environment Department has stated the Commission is “[…] looking at […]” concerns raised that REACH ‘[…] may not be properly managing’ nanomaterials. This follows an expression of concern by the European Parliament that ‘the regulation does not require chemical safety reports for substances produced in low volumes’
ECHA set to intensify Work carried out on Nanomaterials
ECHA is set to intensify its focus on nanomaterials, having called it a ‘[…] main priority […] the Agency needs to be fully aware of […]’ in its draft Multi-Annual Work Programme 2014-2018. According to the programme, ‘ECHA aims to ensure that the regulatory requirements of REACH, CLP, and BPR can be fully implemented to address the hazards and...
UAE set to label Nanomaterials in Cosmetic Ingredients
A WTO notification has revealed that the UAE is to create regulations cosmetics and personal care products. Reports indicate that the draft regulation ‘[...] contains a requirement for companies to label cosmetic products containing nanomaterials’
NIA voices Concerns over European Nano Reporting Schemes
NIA has talked about the problems industry faces from nanomaterial registry schemes across Europe. Dr Steffi Friedrichs, NIA Director-General, made the comments in the ChemicalWatch article, EU Commission finalises nano registry tender
REACH better for regulating Nanomaterials than Smorgasbord of Mandatory Reporting Schemes, states Keller and Heckman
NIA Member Keller and Heckman LLP has released a document commenting that ‘it is unclear how numerous national reporting schemes will help to deliver better knowledge or promote a more adequate and rapid response in the event of a specific risk being identified’ than the EC’s REACH Regulation
Comments sought on proposed reporting Scheme for US Cancer Nanotechnology Platform Partnerships
The US National Cancer Institute (NCI) has requested public comments on the progress reports proposed for its partnership program, the Cancer Nanotechnology Platform Partnerships (CNPP). The NCI, will create these partnerships through its Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer, ‘a network of awards funded…to promote the application of...
US ANSI Nanotechnology Standards Panel urges action on Problems caused by multiple Nano Definitions
A draft meeting report of the ANSI Nanotechnology Standards Panel has stated that ‘stakeholders struggle to stay up to date with various regulatory requirements that each rely on a different definition for nanomaterials’. It therefore emphasised that ‘consistent terminology is a critical need for not only enhancing commerce but understanding the...
US EPA Carbon Nanotube Ruling to come into Effect in July 2013
The US EPA has announced that it is ‘promulgating SNURs under the TSCA for 15 chemical substances’. One of these substances is ‘functionalized Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes (MWCNTs)’. The ruling will be effective from 8 July 2013
French Nano Register has Deadline extended by 2 Months; reports first Results
The French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy has extended the deadline for first-year declarations to be made to its nano reporting scheme. According to the authority this follows consideration of ‘the diversity of actors covered by the declaration requirement, and at the request of several industries’
Belgian NGOs call for Creation of National Nano Registry
A number of Belgian NGOs have supported an open letter calling for the establishment of a Belgian register of nanomaterials. The letter states that more and more products containing nanomaterials are appearing on the market and yet little is known about them and their impacts on human health and the environment
Dutch Ministry releases Reports from Nano Meeting; NIA provides Comments
The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment has published documents summarising the findings of its recently held Building Blocks for Completing EU Regulation of Nanomaterials conference. This event was attended by NIA; it has provided comments on the outcomes of the event for the article Nanomaterials data insufficient, concludes...
IUCLID now featuring Nanomaterial-specific Reporting Templates
The International Uniform Chemical Database (IUCLID 5.5) has been upgraded to include 13 new templates dedicated to nano-specific data.
NIA EXCLUSIVE: NIA supports Proposal of Endorsement Effect for Registered Nano Products
A recent article contains comments by NIA on whether registering nanotech products under registration schemes would act as an endorsement.
NIA Members EXCLUSIVE - Presentation on 'Can Nanoparticles migrate from Food Contact Plastics into Foods?'
A study presented at an event hosted and attended by MEPs has concluded that ‘nanomaterials in food packaging do not migrate to food’. The presentation, Can nano particles migrate from food contact plastics into foods?, also stated that ‘a more risk-based approach to safety research offers far more clarity than labelling alone’
Sweden publishes draft Regulation that adapts REACH for Nanomaterials
The Swedish Chemical Agency (Kemi) has published a draft regulation looking to amend the REACH Regulation so that it specifically addresses nanomaterials. It would look to set ‘the general obligation to register substances [to] apply to any manufacturer or importer of a nanomaterial, either on its own or in one of more mixture(s), in quantities of...