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News & Alerts

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'
Presentations from CalNIN Workshop on Nanotech Commercialisation now available
The California Nanotechnology Industry Network (CalNIN) recently held a workshop, entitled 'Challenges and Opportunities for Businesses Engaged in Nanotechnology'. It 'brought together experts and critical thinkers within the industry'. Presentations from it are now available.
ECHA to update CoRAP; changes proposed for Nano Substances
ECHA has announced a proposal to update it CoRAP for 2013-2015. If passed, the changes would affect the reviews of silver and titanium dioxide. The original CoRAP plan was announced in February 2012
NGOs express Discontent with 2nd EC Review on Nanomaterials
A number of 'environmental NGOs, workers and consumer organisations' have written an open letter to the EC. They note their 'extreme disappointment and deep concerns with the Commission's Second Regulatory Review on Nanomaterials'. The organisations call upon the Commission to 'correct its analysis...and to consider efficient ways to close the...
German State Institute releases Review of national and international Nanotechnology Regulations
A German national institute has published its review of nanomaterial regulations used by Germany and by foreign countries. The review, entitled Nanomaterials: regulations - nationally and internationally, was authored by the Baden-Württemberg LUBW
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'
NIA responds to EC Call for Information on Safety of Medical Devices containing Nanomaterials
The NIA has responded to a request for information and expert input required for an investigation into the safety of nanomaterials in medical devices. The response by was made following a period of consultation it had held with its members. The call was issued by EC SCENIHR
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...
NIA welcomes 2nd Regulatory Review of Nanomaterials
'The Communication from the European Commission provides an accurate and relevant description of the current status', comments Dr Steffi Friedrichs, Director General of the NIA, in an interview with Chemical Watch on the publication of the EC's 2nd Regulatory Review of Nanomaterials
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
Chinese Researchers want Country to do more extensive Nano-safety Studies
Leading researchers in China have called for better safety studies in the field of nanotechnology in the country, and have asked the government to improve its regulatory approach. Areas of particular concern are consumer products 'containing nanoparticles that can be absorbed by the body', and occupational exposure through the handling of...
Chinese SFDA increases Amount of Documentation needed for Nanosilver medical Devices
China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) has announced that the re-registration of medical devices containing nanosilver will require supplementary documentation. Information will be required on the 'nanomaterials' characteristics, quality control, biocompatibility, cytotoxicity, and evaluation of their genotoxicity'
NIA provides Industrial Stakeholder Feedback at European Project Meeting
The NIA's Director General, Dr. Steffi Friedrichs, was part of a panel discussion at a recent stakeholders workshop for the EU funded project, Nanogenotox. NIA represented one of the 'main categories of stakeholders...[the] professional federations representing companies'
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'
EC SCENIHR requests Information and Experts in its Investigation of Nanomaterials in Medical Devices
The EC has recently requested that SCENIHR provide an opinion on medical devices containing nanomaterials; in response the committee has issued 'a call for expression of interest for experts in this topic', and has invited parties that have information that could assist them to contact them
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