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ISO working on Labelling Guidance for Manufactured Nanomaterials
The ISO is preparing a guidance document for the labelling of 'nano-objects'. The standard, entitled ISO/TS 13830:2011 - Guidance on the labelling of manufactured nano-objects and products containing nano-objects, is being readied by the organisation's Technical Committee (TC) 229 on nanotechnologies
ECHA indicates MWCNTs to be registered by 2013
ECHA has updated the list of materials it intends to contain in the next registration cycle, and through it has identified MWCNTs as a registered substance. The body has also disclosed the status of active lead registrants for the materials indicated in the intentions
Australian NICNAS makes Nano Revisions to Chemical Notification Forms
The NICNAS has announced that amended chemical notification forms are now available on the organisation's website. Among the amendments are questions of whether the chemical being registered 'is an industrial nanomaterial under the NICNAS definition'
France details mandatory Nanomaterial reporting Plan
An order has been published by the French Department of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy which describes how content and submissions are to be made as part of the country's annual declaration of nanoparticle substances
Article highlights Discussions held at NIA REACH Symposium
Discussions held as part of the NIA's Within REACH!? symposium have been covered in an article published today by Chemical Watch. The article, entitled Which way now for nanomaterials and REACH?, discusses the various proposals that have been put forth about how best 'to systematically collect data and information on...nanomaterials'
Italian Ministry of Health conducting voluntary ''Census'' of Cosmetics containing Nanomaterials
The Italian Ministry of Health has announced that it will be carrying out a nationwide survey of cosmetic products containing nanomaterials. Participation in the survey is voluntary, and no information provided will be disclosed or published publicly
US EPA to review Nanosilver Pesticide Registrations
The US EPA has today announced the creation of a 'registration review docket for nanosilver', as the authority believes 'that additional data are needed to determine whether the FIFRA standard for maintaining these registrations is met', due to the 'unique' properties of nano-form silver. Documentation also revealed that several silver-based...
Nanomaterials in Cosmetics in New Zealand to be labelled from July 2015
New Zealand's EPA has ruled that 'the presence of nanomaterials in cosmetic products available in New Zealand must be identified on labelling'. According to reports, 'an EPA committee decided caution was needed because there was still scientific uncertainty about the potential effects of nano materials'.
UK Nanotechnology Strategy Forum publishes Summary of First Meeting
The UK Nanotechnology Strategy Forum (NSF) has released notes from its first meeting, which was held on the 3rd May 2012. Delegates at the meeting discussed issues related to nanotechnologies in the UK and nanomaterial reporting, as well as the aims of the Forum
French ANSES publishes Activity Report for 2011
France's ANSES has published a report highlighting key activities it engaged in during 2011. The document, entitled Activity Report 2011, includes brief descriptions of the work the organisation did in the field of nanotechnology
NGOs highlight their Concerns over growing number of Nanosilver Products
A report recently published by both ANEC and BEUC has said that 117 products containing nano-scale silver were found by them in Europe between 2011 and 2012. The review, Nano: Very small and Everywhere, states that 'this is a tremendous growth of claims', as in 2009 only 151 products were found to claim to have any nanomaterials in them
FAO/WHO publish Report on 'Nanotech in Food and Agriculture' Meeting
A report recently published by both the UN's FAO and the WHO documents the meeting they held earlier this year on 'Nanotechnologies in Food and Agriculture'. It shows that the co-ordinators aimed to discuss the ongoing development of nano activities relevant to the food and feed sectors, so that both the FAO and the WHO could understand 'the...
ECHA issues further Updates to its Guidance on Nanosubstance Registration
ECHA has today published three new appendices to chapters R.8, R.10 and R.14 of its Guidance on Information Requirements and Chemical Safety Assessment (IR & CSA). The amended documents are said to 'implement the parts of the project relevant to the Chemical Safety Assessment of nanomaterials (RIP-oN 3)', which were co-authored by the NIA
FDA Nanotechnology Lawsuit forfeited by NGOs
A lawsuit that had been brought against the US FDA by a number of non-profit organisations has been dropped following an official response by the agency. The plaintiffs, who were led by the International Center for Technology Assessment, filed the suit in December 2011 as they were looking for a reply to a petition the group had made to the...
US considers presenting Nanotechnology Classification Guidance to UN GHS
A source from within the US' OSHA recently revealed that the next meeting of the UN Subcommittee of Experts on the GHS may be presented with 'an information paper on how to classify nanomaterials' by the US delegation
New Zealand EPA extends Nanomaterial labelling Requirement
On 1 May 2012 a press release by New Zealand's EPA announced that it had decided to offer Johnson & Johnson NZ Ltd the chance to submit further information regarding a proposed nanomaterial labelling requirement, but that the extra materials would have to be received by 11 May 2012
ECHA to update its Guidance on Nanosubstance Registration
ECHA has today stated in a press release that it will update its guidance on Information Requirements and Chemical Safety Assessment (IR & CSA) to reflect the outcomes of the European Commission's RIP-oN 2 and RIP-oN 3
France publishes draft Decree on Nanomaterial Reporting Requirements
The French Ministry for Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing has published a draft decree outlining the mandatory reporting requirements for products containing nanomaterials being placed on or entering the French market
Cosmetic Products Notification Portal (CPNP) launched for the Implementation of the European Cosmetics Regulation
On 11 January 2012 the European Commission's DG SANCO announced on its website that the Cosmetic Products Notification Portal (CPNP) has been launched. The new CPNP is an online notification system developed as stipulated by Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on cosmetic products. Use of its database by...
EPA publishes proposed SNURs for 17 Chemicals, including CNTs and Fullerenes
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed on December 28, 2011, Significant New Use Rules (SNURs) (i.e. 76 Fed. Reg. 81447) for 17 chemical substances that were the subject of Pre-manufacture Notices (PMNs), including seven substances with the term carbon nanotube (CNT) and seven substances with the term fullerene in their respective...