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Norwegian Government Agency makes Submission of Information on Nanoscale Substances mandatory
The Norwegian Climate and Pollution Agency (Klif) has changed the information requirements for chemicals registered with the Norwegian Product Register. It states that ‘information about substances in nano form must be given’. This news comes as the agency sends out letters requesting registrants to do their annual update of chemical information
French Environment Agency publishes Overview of nano Reporting Scheme
The French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy has published an overview of the mandatory nanomaterial reporting scheme which took effect on 1 January 2013. It provides a web address for where reporting must be done, questions and answers on the scheme, and states that submissions must be completed annually by 1 May
US EPA intends to introduce Notification and reporting Requirements for Nanomaterials in General
The US EPA is set to issue a ‘notice of proposed rulemaking’ for nanomaterials in mid-2013. Under it, manufacturers, importers and processors of ‘nanoscale materials’ will be subject to ‘reporting and recordkeeping requirements under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)’
EEB to intensify its Focus on Nanotechnology in 2013
The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) has published its work programme and budget for 2013. It states that it will ‘continue with the intensification of its work on nano’ as part of its ‘commitment to…working on a broad range of issues’
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
France publishes Answers to Questions about its Nano Reporting Scheme
France has released a document containing questions and answers about its upcoming reporting initiative for nanomaterials. The report details practical elements of its implementation, who it does and does not apply to, an elaboration of some definitions, particulars of what needs to be declared, and what information will be publicly available
NIA discusses Nanosilver Regulations at Conference
Talks on regulations and developments relevant to nanoscale silver were given by the NIA at an event recently. The event, which the NIA co-hosted along with the Nanosilver Network, saw 40 international participants attend
Danish NGOs unveil nano-Product Database
The Danish Consumer Council and the Danish Ecological Council have unveiled a 'nanodatabase' identifying 'more than 1,200 products that may contain nanomaterials'. The NGOs believe this will 'increase transparency for consumers as to where nanomaterials are used', thereby avoiding both 'uncertainty among consumers' and 'further damage [to] the...
Danish EPA: reporting Schemes will reduce Innovation Potential of nano Companies
Following Denmark's decision to establish a 'nano-product database' in September 2012, the Danish EPA conducted a study assessing the impact such a database would have on the nanotechnology industries. The agency found that 'innovation potential will be impaired' and that 'the increased financial costs related to reporting will be transferred to...
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)'
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"
Iran introduces Certification for Nano Foods and Health Products
Iran's Health Ministry has announced that food and health care products must now be certified in the country. Failure to do so will be 'considered illegal and...companies are liable to prosecution'
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'
US EPA Ruling bans Manufacture of Nano-scale Potassium Titanium Oxide
A SNUR announced by the US EPA prohibits the manufacture of potassium titanium oxide 'with a particle size less than 100nm'. The ruling, promulgated along with 77 other chemicals, enhances a US TSCA Consent Order from 2008 against the material
Greens and NGOs criticise EC's 2nd regulatory Review on Nanomaterials
The EC has been criticised for its "reluctance to properly address nanomaterials" with its recent regulatory review. Industrial stakeholders, on the other hand, have welcomed the findings of the review
'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
MEP sues EC over Denial of Access to Nano-related Documents
An MEP has begun legal proceedings against the EC over an alleged lack of transparency in its dealings. The minister had asked to see documents related to discussions between the commission and France about the country's proposal to set up a nanomaterial register, but was refused
Denmark to build Database on Products containing Nano
The Danish Ministry of the Environment has announced that a database of nanotechnology-related products in the country will be constructed. It is hoped that this will aid the ministry's assessment of the safety issues related to the technology