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Posted on 24 May 2013
The OECD WPN has published Regulatory Frameworks for Nanotechnology in Foods and Medical Products: Summary Results of a Survey Activity. It provides 'a snapshot of current activities across OECD WPN delegations, with respect to regulation, legislation, and government sponsored regulatory science research and other research activities relevant to...
Posted on 24 May 2013
Danish EPA has awarded a contract for an assessment of ‘the impacts of nanomaterials on Denmark’s environment’. The awarded body will ‘perform detailed risk assessments for ten different nanomaterials’, including nano-titanium dioxide, nano-silver, nano-copper, and carbon nanotubes
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 17 May 2013
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has adopted a recommendation on balancing nanotechnologies benefits and risks to public health and the environment at the Assembly’s 2013 spring session held in Strasbourg, France. This recent activity in the Council of Europe has been followed by NIA, which has now written a public...
Posted on 16 May 2013
The NANoREG project held its Kick-off Meeting on 13 May 2013; according to NIA Director General Steffi Friedrichs, it is “an important project for the nanotechnology community” as its main emphasis is on “regulatory relevant test only, with a view to be agreeing on standard operating procedures for the characterisation, measurement and testing of ...
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
NIA EXCLUSIVE Document: NIA Briefing on Nanoscale Materials in the Australian Regulation of Sunscreen Products
Posted on 13 May 2013
'In Australia, three authorities share the responsibility of enforcing regulatory control over sunscreens. Together with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) operate the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)'
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 8 May 2013
Environment Agency Austria is running a third consultation on the ‘draft methodology manual for the identification and assessment of substances for a potential restriction under RoHS 2 (Restriction of Hazardous Substances)’. The NIA recently submitted comments on the second consultation, urging the removal of references that categorise...
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 2 May 2013
The EU’s Scientific Committees have published an opinion calling for risk assessors to make their work more appropriate for risk management. The report, Making Risk Assessment more Relevant for Risk Management, was published with policy-makers and risk managers in mind
Posted on 2 May 2013
Kindly provided by NIA Member Bergeson & Campbell PC, this briefing details the reintroduction of the Safe Chemicals Act (SCA) of 2013, which 'would reform the [US] Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)'. Furthermore it highlights the key differences between SCA 2013 and its predecessor versions
Posted on 1 May 2013
The Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) has been quoted in an article entitled EU nano group debates REACH annex options. These comments are related to a proposal to change ‘compliance for nanomaterials’
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
Comments made by stakeholder groups on ‘the draft methodology for the identification and assessment of substances for a potential restriction under RoHS 2’ have been published by Environment Agency Austria. The Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) was one of these groups; it urged the agency ‘to remove a general reference that categorises...
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.
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...
Posted on 4 Apr 2013
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...
Posted on 26 Mar 2013
The UK's HSE has released guidance on 'how to control occupational exposure to manufactured nanomaterials in the workplace'. Entitled Using nanomaterials at work: Including carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and other biopersistent high aspect ratio nanomaterials (HARNs), the document 'has been prepared in response to emerging evidence about the toxicity of...
Posted on 23 Mar 2013
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