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“Development of Nanotechnologies may be symptomatic of a new Form of Policy making”, says Study
A recently published study has stated that ‘one may conclude that the development of nanotechnologies is symptomatic of a new form of policy making’. The report, The Challlenges of Nanotechnology Policy Making, suggests that nanotechnology has led to a form of policy making ‘where national decisions or roadmaps about regulatory frameworks may well...
German Agencies publish Recommendations on Health and Safety of Nanomaterials
A number of German institutions have jointly published a report providing a ‘set of recommendations for future safety assessments of nanomaterials’. Entitled Nanotechnology – Health and Environmental Risks of Nanomaterials, the document drew its conclusions by analysing ‘over 80 [national] research projects on nanomaterials'
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Consultation: Nano Register to increase transparency and ensure regulatory Oversight of Nanomaterials
NIA Members are invited to present their views on a document outlining steps to increase transparancey and ensure regulatory oversight of nanomaterials
EFSA Tender for Inventory of Nano-based Food and Feed Activities awarded
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has approved funding for the creation of an inventory of the applications of nanotechnologies for the areas of food and feed. After a tender procedure, the contract was awarded to the RIKILT Research Institute in The Netherlands. It is for a 12 month work and the amount awarded is EUR 94 955
Danish EPA proposes nano-specific Information Requirements for future Regulations
The Danish EPA has published a report outlining 'technical information requirements for nanomaterials'. The document, entitled Information Requirements for Nanomaterials, contains proposals 'which may be used in legislative instruments concerning nanomaterials', such as the REACH Regulation
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Consultation: NIA Comments on a Belgian National Registry of Nanomaterials (as presented on the 19 December 2012)
The Belgian Government is planning the launch of a Mandatory National Registry of Nanomaterials; details of the current state of planning of this regulation were presented during the 'NIA Symposium on Mandatory Reporting Schemes & Databases of Nanomaterials' by Juan Piñeros Garcet, from the Belgian Ministry FPS Health, Food Chain Safety &...
NIA EXCLUSIVE - Materials from NIA Symposium on Mandatory Nano Reporting Schemes and Databases now available
Recent developments have seen a growing number of European Member States setting up mandatory reporting schemes and databases of nanomaterials. Whilst nanomaterials fall under REACH like any other chemical substances, they have been the focus of increasing concern in some Member States, who have felt it necessary to establish informative databases...
IUCLID updates User Manual for Nanomaterials
The IUCLID 5 project has released an updated version of its Nanomaterials in IUCLID 5 user manual. This document provides guidance on how exactly companies can work with the database to fulfil their reporting obligations for nanomaterials to various multinational reporting schemes (such as for REACH)
US EPA proposes SNURs for 14 generically identified Carbon Nanotubes; is developing Standard Nomenclature
The US EPS intends to make SNURs for 14 substances 'whose reported chemical names include the term "carbon nanotube (CNT)" or "carbon nanofibers"'. Due to 'a lack of established nomenclature', however, the authority has provided the names of the chemicals subject to the rulings only in generic form
ECHA and NGOs respond to Nanotechnology Aspects of EC's REACH Review
Reponses to the nanotechnology-related elements of the EC's recent review of the REACH Regulation have been made by ECHA as well as various NGOs. Overall ECHA said that it agreed with the Commission's suggestions for improvements, whilst some NGOs felt that not enough was being done
Review of REACH reveals European Commission will conduct Nano-specific Impact Assessment
The European Commission (EC) has adopted and released a pre-publication version of its review of the REACH regulation. It states that the EC will ‘make an impact assessment of relevant regulatory options, in particular possible amendments of REACH Annexes, to ensure further clarity on how nanomaterials are addressed and safety demonstrated in...
EU-US Communities of Research setting up Inventory of Nano Info Resources; asks for Stakeholder Input
The EU-US Nanotechnology Community of Research (CoR) on Databases and Ontologies is setting up an inventory of nanotechnology information resources. It is asking for stakeholders to help it by providing new information via an online form
Canada to begin regulating nanoform Potassium Titanate
The Canadian Department of the Environment has published a Significant New Activity Notice for potassium titanate under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. The nanoscale version of this substance has specific reporting guidelines assigned to it
NIA EXCLUSIVE Briefing: EC Response to French Nanomaterial Reporting Scheme
The NIA has written up a briefing summarising and clearly explaining the European Commission's (EC) comments to France regarding its initial proposal for a national nanomaterial reporting scheme. These comments have been made exclusively available to the NIA's membership.
German Authorities indicate Changes they would like to see in how REACH handles Nanomaterials
A consortium of German federal agencies has published Nanomaterials and REACH - Background Paper on the Position of German Competent Authorities. The report 'reflects the position of the...authorities' and 'is intended as a basis for preparing decision-making routes for political processes'
NIA-endorsed Industry Message on Nanotechnologies published
A message supporting the EC's Communication on the second Regulatory Review of Nanomaterials has been published by multiple industry associations. In it they back the EC's conclusion that 'the current European regulatory framework, providing some clarifications of the requirements, adequately covers nanomaterials, is science-based and...
US EPA Nanoilver Court Case hears Plaintiff's Arguments
Oral arguments were made by the US National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) recently in its court-case against the nation's EPA. The case was brought to court by the NRDC in January 2012 over the Agency's registration of a nanosilver product
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Consultation: Health Canada Sunscreen Monograph
The Health and Food Branch of Health Canada published in November 2012 a 'Draft Guidance Document: Sunscreen Monograph'. The guidance document notes that supplementary information needs to be collected and made available on request by manufacturers who include nanomaterials in their products.
Canada issues Significant New Activity Notices for two Nanomaterials
The Canadian Department of the Environment has published Significant New Activity Notices for nanoscale forms of aluminate, magnesium (2:1) and vanadate, magnesium (2:1). The reporting guidelines for both state that 'a significant new activity is...any use where the substance is engineered to contain particles of particle size 1 to 100 nanometres...
NIA Members Consultation: High-level NIA Panel Appearance on the European Commission 2nd Regulatory Review Workshop
The Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) has been invited to present the NIA's opinion on the topic 'Why is existing regulation sufficient to ensure safe use of nanomaterials and what can industry do to generate trust?' as part of a high-level panel including European Commission officials.