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NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Consultation: Survey on Experiences made during the Implementation of the EC Definition of Nanomaterial
In the Recommendation on the Definition of Nanomaterial 2011/696/EU, the EC committed itself to reviewing its suggestion by December 2014. For this reason the EC's JRC has now invited stakeholders to respond to a survey on experiences they had of implementing the recommended definition
Canada SNACs on Carbon Nanotubes
The Canadian Department of the Environment has issued a Significant New Activity (SNAC) notice for MWCNTs due to concerns about its toxicity. Those intending to do an activity described by the notice must provide required information to the authorities at least 90 days before starting it
NIA Comments on the Inventory of Substances present in EEE for the Review of RoHS2 Annex II
NIA has responded to the consultation organised by Environment Agency Austria on the list of substances used in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE)
NIA replies to Danish EPA Public Consultation on a national Nanomaterial Product Register
NIA has submitted its comments to the Danish EPA's public consultation, which was launched 4 July 2013. This was related to a draft executive order for a register of mixtures and products that contain or release nanomaterials, and obligated manufacturers and importers to provide information to the register
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Consultation - Draft Comments on the Inventory of Substances present in EEE - Deadline: 16 August 2013
In the process of elaborating on a methodology manual for future reviews of the List of Restricted Substances under the RoHS, Environment Agency Austria has prepared 'an inventory of substances used in Electrical and Electronic Equipment'
Brazilian Bill to regulate Nanomaterials shelved; another one in the Works
The Brazilian Senate recently decided to reject a proposal to establish labelling requirements for food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products. Bill PLS 131/2010 was first proposed in 2010
US EPA to impose Usage Regulations on two more Nanomaterials
The US EPA has issued a direct final rule that will create SNURs for 53 chemical substances; two of the substances’ names include the term ‘carbon nanotube’. These SNURs will require ‘[…] persons who intend to manufacture or process [… these] chemical substances for an activity that is designated as a significant new use by this rule to notify EPA...
EC SCCS addresses Questions over the use of three Nanomaterials as UV Filters
The EC's SCCS has recently made available three documents related to the use of nanomaterials as UV filters in cosmetic products. One is an opinion on nano-TiO2; one is an addendum to its opinion on nano-ZnO; and one is a revision of its opinion on the nano form of MBBT
Labelling of Nanomaterials in Cosmetic Products in the EU now mandatory
From 11 July 2013 the presence of nanomaterials in cosmetic products sold in the European Union shall be indicated on the ingredients list. The name of any ingredients in the nanoform now have to 'be followed by the word “nano” in brackets’
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Consultation - draft Reply to European Commission Consultation on Modification of REACH Annexes for Nanomaterials
The European Commission started on 21 June 2013 a public consultation on modification of REACH Annexes on nanomaterials. The objective of the policy initiative, according to the European Commission, is to ensure further clarity on how nanomaterials are addressed and safety demonstrated in REACH registration dossiers
Danish EPA starts a Public Consultation for a national 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
European Parliament approves Nano-specific Rules on Food for Infants
Reunited in Strasburg for the June plenary session, Members of the European Parliament debated and voted on the Regulation on Food intended for Infants and Young Children and Food for Special Medical Purposes; on 29 June 2013, the Regulation was published in the Official Journal of the European Union
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...
European Parliament Resolution calls for ‘adequate’ Consumer Protection from Goods produced using Nanotechnologies
The European Parliament (EP) has adopted a text that looks to strengthen methods to protect consumers from goods that have been in some way made using nanotech. The text has been forwarded to the European Council and Commission, as well as to the government of European Member States
EC Evaluation considers identifying Safety Issues of Nanotech a main Challenge for OHS
The EC has begun a consultation on its new occupational safety and health (OSH) policy framework. This framework will be influenced by its Staff Working Document (SWD) Evaluation of the European Strategy 2007-2012 on health and safety at work, which states that ‘[…] identifying the health and safety risks of new or emergent risks […]’ such as...
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...
OECD undertaking Nano Work Safety Project
The OECD is examining ‘whether industrial uses of nanomaterials raise safety issues not addressed by existing guidelines or regulatory systems’. Among the issues that will be looked at is whether national and EU regulations on chemical accident prevention need changing
EC Public Health Committee approves new Rules for special Foods
The EC's ENVI Committee has ‘unanimously’ approved legislation that, according to NIA, may ‘regulate the use of nanomaterials in certain foodstuffs’. The foodstuffs in question would be food intended for infants and young children