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News & Alerts

Horizon 2020 Draft Work Programme Released by European Commission
The Nanotechnology Industries Association is currently analysing these programmes on behalf of membership to identify where nanotechnology industries can add value to Horizon 2020 in the coming years
European Commission Science Committee on Consumer Safety to Evaluate Nano Titanium Dioxide
The European Commission has formally requested an evaluation of titanium dioxide from their Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS). The SCCS had previously assessed titanium dioxide in 2013 and determined that at a concentration up to 25%, it posed no risk to people when used as a UV-filter, however, considered it unsuitable for use in...
European Chemicals Agency Issues Proceedings from Nanomaterials Workshop
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published a new 61-page report chronicling the proceedings of the Topical Scientific Workshop: Regulatory Challenges in the Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials held in October 2014 in Helsinki, Finland.
Belgium Releases Nanomaterials Registry Guidance
This week, Belgium's Federal Public Service (FPS) for Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment issued guidance for companies preparing to register nanomaterials used in the country
Dutch National Institute for Health and Environment Launches Nanotech Exposure Tool
The National Institute for Health and Environment in the Netherlands has released a new tool to help companies and researchers evaluate exposure by simulating how nanomaterials will act when used as part of an aerosol spray . The ConsExpo Nano, which was developed as part of the NanoNextNI project, Predictive Modeling of Human Exposure,  ...
UK Releases Report on Workplace Exposure and Controls During Nanomaterial Manufacturing
This week, the United Kingdom's Health and Safety Laboratory, a division of the Health and Safety Executive,  issued a report assessing how employees encounter airborne nanomaterials during their manufacture, handling and use, as well as the steps companies are taking to ensure safe exposure rates. The study was limited in scope, assessing only...
U.S. Food and Drug Administration Publishes Guidance on Nanomaterials in Feed
This month, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued final guidance on nanomaterial applications in animal feed in a publication, Use of Nanomaterials in Food for Animals. 
Joint Research Centre (JRC) Publishes Nanomaterial Risk Assessment Recommendations
The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) has published risk assessment test recommendations for nanomaterials based off the results of in-vitro testing of six nanomaterials as part of a recent study in PLOS One.
Canada requests Research, Commericial and Consumer Use Data for Over 200 Nanomaterials
On 25 July 2015, the Canadian Minister of Environment requested nanomaterial producers supply a wide range of data on product research, use in the commercial and consumer markets, and quantity manufactured or imported.
EC JRC concludes review of EC Recommendation for a Definition of Nanomaterial
EC JRC published the third and last report of the series of reports on the review of the European Commission Recommendation for a Definition of Nanomaterial (2011/0696)
US EPA extends the Comment Period for the TSCA Nanoscale Material proposed Rule
On 2 July 2015, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a 30-day extension of the comment period for the consultation on the proposed rule: Chemical Substances When Manufactured Or Processed As Nanoscale Materials; TSCA Reporting And Recordkeeping Requirements. Originally set for 6 July 2015, the deadline for submitting...
EP ENVI Committee approves Council’s proposal on Novel Foods
On 25 June 2015, the European Parliament’s committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) has given its support to the compromise text of the Council of the European Union on the proposed Regulation on Novel Foods 2013/0435 (COD)
UPDATE: NIA EXCLUSIVE Consultation - US EPA proposed Rule for TSCA Section 8(a) - DEADLINE: 3 July 2015
NIA is collecting feedback from its Members on the US EPA proposed rulemaking Chemical Substances When Manufactured or Processed as Nanoscale Materials; TSCA Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements
Sweden to develop a Nanomaterial Registry
The Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI) has been tasked with the designing of a national nanomaterial register in Sweden. In 2013, the Swedish authorities had advocated the creation of register in its National Action Plan for the safe use and handling of Nanomaterials.
US EPA announces 11 June 2015 Public Meeting on Proposed Nanoscale Materials Reporting and Recordkeeping Rule
On 11 June 2015, the American Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a public meeting on the topic of the proposed rule Chemical Substances when manufactured or processed as Nanoscale Materials; TSCA Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements.
UPDATE - NIA EXCLUSIVE Consultation: Canadian Proposed Approaches to Regulating Nanoscale Substances – DEADLINE: 13 May 2015
NIA Members are invited to provide comments to the Canadian Proposed Approaches to Regulating Nanoscale Substances
Nano-sized MBBT considered Safe for use in Cosmetic Products by EU Scientific Committee
The European Commission’s Scientific Committee for Consumer Safety (SCCS) met for a plenary meeting on 25 March 2015. In this meeting, the Committee finalised an opinion on MBBT used in cosmetic products. It concluded that this substance is safe for use in cosmetic products under certain conditions
EFSA Publishes Scientific Opinon on Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles for Food Contact Materials
Prompted by the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) conducted a safety assessment study on the use of zinc oxide nanoparticles (coated and uncoated) in food contact materials
US EPA proposes Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for Nanoscale Materials
The Environment Protection Agency of the United States of America (US EPA) published a proposed rule for section 8 (a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). This proposal would introduce reporting and recordkeeping requirements for nanoscale materials as well as a 135-days pre-notification requirement for the manufacturers of ‘chemical...
Canadian Consultation opens on Approaches to Regulating Nanoscale Forms of Substances in the DSL
Environment Canada and Health Canada opened a consultation on a Proposed Approach to address Nanoscale Forms of Substances in the Domestic Substances List. Established under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA 1999), the DSL lists substances that are manufactured in or imported into Canada, substances that are not listed are considered...