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EC SCENIHR publishes preliminary Guidance on determining Health Effect of Nano in Medical Devices
EC SCENIHR has published a draft opinion, Guidance on the Determination of Potential Health Effects of Nanomaterials used in Medical Devices. The Committee concludes that ‘the potential risk is mainly associated with the possibility for release of free nanoparticles from the device and the duration of exposure’, and is ‘dependent on the method of...
French OHS Agency publishes Guidance on the Identification of Nanomaterials in the Workplace
France's INRS has released a guidance document that aids in the identification of nanomaterials in the workplace. The report provides a summary of occupational health and safety (OHS) knowledge related to nanomaterials
Canada endorses OECD Recommendations on Safety Assessment of Manufactured Nanomaterials
In the latest issue of Canada’s Chemicals Management Plan Progress Report, the country ‘has endorsed a recommendation from the OECD’ on the safety testing and assessment of manufactured nanomaterials. The report also reveals that ‘the Canada-US RCC Nanotechnology Initiative is now complete’
Nanotechnology Policy and Regulation Timeline published
Canada’s Institute for Science, Society and Policy has published Timeline: Nanotechnology – Policy and Regulation in Canada, Australia, the European Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The timeline ‘outlines important events related to nanotechnology policy and regulation…with an emphasis on developments since 2000’
US EPA issues SNURs for two Carbon Nanotube Substances; receives multiple Nano Pre-Manufacture Notices
The US EPA has today announced Significant New Use Rulings (SNUR) for 13 chemical substances, and revealed that from 23 May 2013 to 30 September 2013 it received 249 Pre-Manufacutre Notices (PMN). Two of the SNURs apply to carbon nanotube (CNT) substances, and ten of the PMNs received are for nanomaterials
OECD-ISO Joint Meeting Report highlights Need for Updates to OECD Test Guidelines
The OECD has released a new document, Report of the OECD Expert Meeting on the Physical Chemical Properties of Manufactured Nanomaterials and Test Guidelines. The meeting, which brought together members of the OECD WPMN and ISO TC/229, was attended by NIA. The report presents an overview of ‘the discussion and recommendations derived from the...
EC publishes Draft Reports of the Impact Assessment on Transparency Measures for Nanomaterials
Ahead of the EC's validation workshop on transparency measures for nanomaterials that will be held on 30 June 2014 in Brussels, three draft reports of the Study to Assess the Impact of Possible Legislation to Increase Transparency on Nanomaterials on the Market have been made public
NIA EXCLUSIVE Document: NIA Status Update on European Regulations - June 2014
NIA has compiled an exclusive Members report giving a short and concise description and status update on EU regulations that have included specific provisions related to nanotechnology, and on regulations that are indirectly applicable to nanomaterials
Project demonstrates Feasibility of producing certified Nano Reference Material for Food
A paper has been published detailing a ‘proof of principle exercise’ on ‘producing reference materials for the detection and quantification of silica nanoparticles in food’. The paper, Production of reference materials for the detection and size determination of silica nanoparticles in tomato soup, was written by partners of the EC FP7 NanoLyse...
US FDA publishes Nanotechnology Guidance for Industry Documents
Implementing the recommendations from its 2007 Nanotechnology Task Force Report, the US FDA published on 24 June 2014 three final guidance documents as well as one draft guidance document for nanotechnology applications in regulated products, including cosmetics and food substances. The documents ‘reflect the FDA’s current thinking’ and contain...
EC and European Experts meet to discuss Revisions to rejected Nano Food Labelling Regulation
EC and EU Member State representatives today discussed at an Expert Group meeting a revised draft of a Commission Delegated Regulation on the provision of food information to consumers. The discussion focused on ‘transitional measures, and the interaction with novel foods/cosmetics/review of Commission recommendation of the definition of ‘...
Danish Nano Product Register Order comes into Effect Today
The Danish Ministry of the Environment has signaled that the country’s order on the register of mixtures and products containing nanomaterials come into effect today. The first reporting to the nano-product register has to be carried out by 30 August 2015, for the period between 20 June 2014 and 20 June 2015
EC SCENIHR publishes final Opinion on Nanosilver
EC SCENIHR has published its final opinion on the risk assessment of nanosilver in Nanosilver: safety, health and environmental effects and role in antimicrobial resistance. The Committee was asked by the EC ‘whether the use of nanosilver, in particular in medical care and in consumer products, could result in additional risks compared to more...
NIA Comment on draft Nanosilver Opinion now publicly available
EC SCENIHR has published its final opinion on nanosilver. In doing so it has also published all the comments that were sent to it when it published its draft opinion in December 2013, including NIA's
EFSA declares Silicon Dioxide, Silanated, as Safe for Use in all Food Contact Materials
EFSA has, upon investigation, concluded that ‘the substance silicon dioxide, silanated, does not raise a safety concern for the consumer in the currently authorised conditions of use’ and can be used in additives in all types of plastics ‘without restriction’. EFSA’s CEF Panel looked at the material following a request from the EC for re-...
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Consultation: EU Transparency Measures for Nanomaterials - Deadline: 4 July 2014
NIA Members are invited to contribute to the draft NIA reply to the EC consultation on a EU-wide nanomaterial register
US House of Representatives holds Hearing on Nanotechnology; GAO outlines Competitiveness Challenges
The US House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Research and Technology today held a hearing on Nanotechnology: From Laboratories to Commercial Products. One of those that testified to the subcommittee was the US GAO, and its statement is contained in a report called Nanomanufacturing and U.S. Competitiveness: Challenges and Opportunities
NIA EXCLUSIVE Document: NIA Briefing on the proposed European Regulation on Medical Devices
NIA has written a briefing on the proposal for a European Regulation on Medical Devices
EC JRC publishes Report on Nanomaterial labelling and reporting Schemes
The EC's JRC has published its Considerations on Information Needs for Nanomaterials in Consumer Products: Discussion of a labelling and reporting Scheme for Nanomaterials in Consumers Products in the EU. Developed by the JRC-IHCP, the ‘report recapitulates issues relevant for the on-going discussion on transparency and [the] requests for more...
NIA to Reply to the EC Consultation on a EU-wide Nanomaterial Register
NIA will reply to the EC consultation on a EU-wide nanomaterial register; the consultation consists of two questionnaires, one for industrial stakeholders and one for non-industrial stakeholders, about the impacts of a potential nanomaterial registry at the EU level; it will be closed on 5 August 2014