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News & Alerts

EFSA Updating Nano Guidance and Developing New Guidelines for Nano in Agriculture
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will review their 2011 Guidance Document for risk assessment of nanomaterials in food following the recent passage of updated Novel Food legislation by the European parliament that requires EFSA determine whether best practices are being used.
NANoREG Harmonised Terminology for EHS Assessment of Nanomaterials is Released
As part of the NANoREG project financed by the European Commission (NIA is an active partner and work package leader in NANoREG), the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission has published the NANoREG Harmonised Terminology for Environmental Health and Safety Assessment of Nanomaterials
European Court of Justice Affirms Legality of National Chemical Registries
This month, the European Court of Justice issued a ruling in Canadian Oil Company Sweden AB and Anders Rantén v Riksåklagaren, which affirmed the right of European Member States to create national product registries for imported chemicals. The Court found that 'neither the wording nor the objectives of the REACH regulation' prevented a Member...
European Economic and Social Committee outlines the Role of Nanotechnology for EU Competitiveness
On 24 February 2016, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) of the European Union published an own-initiative Opinion on ‘Nanotechnology for a competitive Chemical Industry’, which states 'the importance of nanotechnology should also be more strongly reflected and supported in the EU’s priorities.’
EFSA Publishes Safety Assessment of Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles
The European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA) has published an assessment of zinc oxide nanoparticles in food contact materials that recommends the European Commission reconsider safety migration levels (SMLs) to ensure they take into account dietary exposure from other sources.
Results of 2014 French Nanomaterial Registration made Public
On 23 February 2016, the French Ministry for the Environment, Energy and the Sea, has released the 2015 Report of the national nanomaterial registration scheme ‘r-nano’ (in French). This report analyses the results of the registration of nanomaterial substances imported, manufactured or distributed in France in the previous year (2014)  
Danish Review Summarizes Nano Interaction with Skin
The Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark's Environment Protection Agency published a new literature review yesterday, Assessment of Nano-enabled Technologies in Cosmetics, as part of their 'Better Control of Nano' Initiative 2012-2015, which focuses on how nanomaterials fit into the Danish market and environment.
US NIOSH opens consultation on Health Effects of Occupational Exposure to Silver Nanomaterials Publication
Late January 2016, the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released a draft document on the Health Effects of Occupational Exposure to Silver Nanomaterial. This document contains a literature review as well as recommendations for the safe handling of silver nanoparticles and research needs to fill in data gaps and...
Danish report assesses administrative burdens of nano registry
The Ministry of Environment and Food in Denmark has released a new report which estimates 'the administrative burdens arising from businesses' obligation to report to the Nanoproductregister' in Denmark. The report, entitled Assessment of the administrative burdens on businesses with a reporting obligation to the Danish Nanoproductregister, relies...
Final Novel Foods Regulation Published
The Official Journal of the European Union has published the final Novel Foods Regulation (Regulation 2015/2283) text. The legislation was passed by the European Parliament in October by a vote of 359-202, with 127 abstentions and was ratified by the Council of the European Union.
Danish EPA releases Report on Nanomaterial Safety
The Danish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the final report of the 'Better Control of Nanomaterials' initiative
Swedish Chemical Agency proposes Registration Scheme for Nanomaterials
Today, the Swedish Chemical Agency (KEMI) has proposed an approach to registering nanomaterials to the Swedish Government. KEMI had been tasked with this report in January 2015
Danish Government Finds no Environmental Risk from Common Nanomaterials
A new study by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency has concluded there is "no causes for significant environmental concerns regarding nanomaterials." The study comes on the heels of four additional studies from the agency this month examining environmental, health and safety effects of nanomaterials. Environmental Assessment of Nanomaterial...
New Nanomaterial Documents Published by Danish Environmental Protection Agency
Earlier this week, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency issued several new publications addressing environmental and human health risk assessment in nanomaterials:
European Parliament approves the Novel Foods Regulation with Nano-specific Provisions
On 28 October, the Plenary session of the European Parliament approved the Novel Foods Regulation by 359 to 202 votes with 127 abstentions, the text will now have to be ratified by the Council of the European Union before it enters into force
French Member of Parliament and Government exchange on the Labelling of Products containing Nanoparticles
The Secretary of State for Trade, Crafts, Consumption and Social and Solidarity Economy replied to a written question of Mr René Rouquet from the National Assembly on nanoparticles in consumer products
New Nanomatrerial Safety Document Released by OECD
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released the 58th document in their 'Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials,' Developments on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials: 2013. The new resource "compiles information...on current developments on the safety of manufactured nanomaterials" and is intended...
ECHA Executive Director Urges European Commission to Finalise REACH Annex Revisions for Nanomaterials
Today, the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety of the European Parliament hosted Mr Geert Dancet, Executive Director of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), for a presentation and discussion on chemical safety regulation progress (begins at 2:25:00).
Proposed Update to Regulation on Novel Foods is ‘Unworkable’
Changes are vague, unclear and risk countless products from SMEs across Europe being caught in unnecessary regulation