News & Alerts
Posted on 5 Jul 2013
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
Posted on 4 Jul 2013
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...
Posted on 26 Jun 2013
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...
Posted on 5 Jun 2013
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
Posted on 3 Jun 2013
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...
Posted on 31 May 2013
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’
Posted on 30 May 2013
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...
Posted on 22 May 2013
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’
Posted on 15 May 2013
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
Posted on 13 May 2013
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
Posted on 11 May 2013
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...
Posted on 10 May 2013
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...
Posted on 9 May 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
Posted on 7 May 2013
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’
Posted on 6 May 2013
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
Posted on 30 Apr 2013
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...
Posted on 24 Apr 2013
The International Uniform Chemical Database (IUCLID 5.5) has been upgraded to include 13 new templates dedicated to nano-specific data.
Posted on 23 Apr 2013
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?'
Posted on 11 Apr 2013
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’
Posted on 10 Apr 2013
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...