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ICCR discusses Nanomaterials at Meeting; set to release two Nanotechnology Documents
The US FDA has recently published a document detailing the results of the sixth annual meeting of the ICCR. The report, entitled International Cooperation on Cosmetics Regulation (ICCR): Outcomes of the Meeting Held July 10-13, 2012, states that discussion amongst the multinational delegation focused on, among other things, nanomaterials
European Parliament STOA publishes Report on 'NanoSafety'
The European Parliament's STOA has published a report entitled NanoSafety - Risk Governance of Manufactured Nanoparticles. The document, published by the EP's DG for Internal Policies, 'deals with the potential EHS risks of engineered nanomaterials'
US FDA Bill featuring Nanotechnology Provisions signed into effect
A US FDA bill which provided the groundwork for new nanotechnology-related regulations has been recently signed into existence by the US President. The bill, entitled the FDA Safety and Innovation Act, also contains arrangements for the collections of fees to 'fund reviews of innovator drugs, medical devices, generic drugs, and biosimilar...
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'
US EPA issues new Date for Nanosilver Pesticide Registration Review Docket
The US EPA has extended the commenting period for its nanosilver registration review docket, 'to allow for a full 60-day comment period [that] is standard for registration review docket openings'
BSI publishes three new Nanotechnology Standards; announces Development of a fourth
BSI has today released three new Publicly Available Specifications (PAS) for nanotechnology, and has announced that work is being carried out on a fourth
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'.
Recast EU Directive on WEEE to assess need for specific Nanomaterial Treatments
The European Parliament has issued a recast of its WEEE directive; this new directive states that 'to control possible risks to human and health and the environment from the treatment of WEEE that contains nanomaterials, it is appropriate for the Commission to assess whether specific treatment may be necessary'
''No need'' for EC to further review Nanosilver Safety Assessment, states Article
An article recently published in Nature Nanotechnology has called on the EC to stop conducting consultations on the safety impact of nanosilver and to start deciding 'on the regulatory measures that are appropriate'. The article, entitled When enough is enough, postulates that the EC's request for SCENIHR to investigate nanosilver will not 'reach...
US FDA set to create ''Nanotechnology Regulatory Science Program''
A provision within a bill recently passed by the US Senate is set to authorise the creation of a nanotechnology safety program by the US FDA. The bill, entitled the FDA Safety and Innovation Act, is expected to be signed soon by the US President
EPA calls for NRDC's Nanosilver Case to be dismissed
US EPA has reportedly called for the court case brought against it by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to be dropped. The suit, which was filed by the NRDC in the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (California) on 26 January 2012 and joined by various NGOs through a 'friend-of-the-court' brief on 23 April 2012, concerns the EPA'...
ECHA to establish Working Group on Nanomaterials
During a two day workshop held at the end of May 2012, ECHA announced its proposal to found a working group on nanomaterials. This was welcomed by the workshop's attendees, as the group aims to collect and disseminate 'best practices' for the registration of nanomaterials from those who have already done so, in order to aid others who need to...
US EPA does not expect Nano Regulations to be approved, NGOs claim
A senior scientist for the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has recently stated that 'the White House seems to be blocking' efforts being made by the US EPA to regulate nanoscale pesticides. According to the spokesperson, this is because government officials do not wish 'to stigmatize nanomaterials nor stifle the technology'
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...
New biocidal Products Regulation restricts Nanomaterial Use
The Council of the European Union has adopted the new regulation on the availability and use of biocidal products; elements of the new regulation, PE-CONS 3/12, are concerned with the use of nanomaterials in biocides. In response to this adoption, the NIA has written a letter to the EC asking it to clarify elements of the new legislation
NIA represented at NanoSafety Symposium
The NIA's Director of Advocacy, David Carlander, gave a presentation at the recently held Safety Issues and Regulatory Challenges of Nanomaterials symposium, covering the topics of industry needs and research activities. The event was coordinated by the EC JRC along with four European seventh Framework Programme (FP7) projects, and was attended by...
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
EC planning further Regulations for Nanosubstances
An announcement published today has stated that the European Commission will be looking to exert greater control over nanosubstances and other materials due to them being 'insufficiently regulated', and that a strategy paper for nanomaterials is due 'in the coming months'
EPA Approval of Nanopesticide challenged by Advocacy Groups
The US EPA faces renewed pressure over its decision to conditionally register an antimicrobial pesticide containing nanosilver. On January 26 2012, a US based advocacy group, the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC), filed a lawsuit to block the pesticide's approval. This week, a coalition of six other groups, including the Friends of the...
Obama Administration to support Nanotech through National Bioeconomy Blueprint
The current US administration has today released a report outlining the approach it intends to follow in using biological research to address national challenges. The comprehensive document states that 'tomorrow's bioeconomy relies on the expansion of emerging technologies', such as nanotechnology