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ECHA publishes 2013 REACH Evaluation Report; highlights Work done on Nanotechnologies
ECHA has published a report evaluating the work it had done in 2013 under REACH. In a press release, it states that ‘the focus of dossier evaluation activities was on compliance checks’ and that ‘928 were concluded during the year’ – three of these checks were carried out on registered nanomaterials
EC Project NANoREG publishes first Newsletter
The NANoREG project has highlighted the successes of its preparatory stages through the publication of an official newsletter. It states that regulators have articulated their ‘questions and needs’ and that gaps in knowledge have been identified
MEPs reject EC Nano Food Proposal for failing to adequately inform Consumers
A proposed regulation containing a definition of ‘engineered nanomaterials’ in food has been rejected by members of the European Parliament’s ENVI Committee. The Members felt ‘the definition could lead to existing nanomaterials not being labelled’
US EPA issues SNURs for five Nanomaterials; MWCNTs and infused Carbon Nanostructures targeted
US EPA has promulgated direct final SNURs for 35 substances, 5 of which are nanomaterials. These can be split into two groups: MWCNTs and infused carbon nanostructures (generic). The rulings will come into effect on 14 April 2014, though if ‘written adverse or critical comments, or notice of intent to submit such comments’, for a SNUR are received...
EC SCCS requests Information on Nano Silica in Cosmetics
The EC's SCCS has received a request by the EC to investigate the use of silica in nano. In turn the SCCS has invited interested third parties to submit relevant information that could assist the committee in providing the Commission with an opinion by 31 May 2014
Belgium ratifies National Nano Reporting Scheme
The Belgian Council of Ministers has validated the country’s mandatory nanomaterial reporting scheme. This will require companies who put substances and mixtures containing nanomaterials on the Belgian market to register their materials. An evaluation is set to be run on whether products containing the materials will also need to be registered
German Environment Agency publishes Concept for European Nano Register in English
UBA has released an English language version of its Concept for a European Register of Products containing Nanomaterials. First published in German in June 2012, the document states it supports the creation of an electronic register ‘managed centrally’ at the European level as ‘national product register[s] would result in overlaps with varied EU...
Austrian EPA publishes final Version of Study reviewing the RoHS2 List of Restricted Substances
Environment Agency Austria has published the final version of its study into a methodology for updating the List of Restricted Substances used in EEE, specifically Annex II of the RoHS2 Directive. The review process began in 2012, and undertook three stakeholder meetings and four internet consultations
News Sources cover NIA Members Consultation on EC SCCS Carbon Black Opinion
The EC's SCCS published an opinion on the nano-form of Carbon Black on 12 December 2013, following its 4th plenary meeting. NIA invited its Members to provide their opinions on both this and a memorandum on the Relevance and Quality of Data in Safety Dossiers on Nanomaterials by 14 Feb 2014; this NIA consultation was reported by both Cosmetics...
NIA provides Comments on SCENIHR preliminary Opinion on Nanosilver
On 13 December 2013 EC SCENIHR published a preliminary opinion on nanosilver: Nanosilver: safety, health and environmental effects and role in antimicrobial resistance. Comments were to be made by 2 Feb 2014. NIA has replied on behalf of its Members
UPDATE: NIA-Nano KTN Meeting Report: Current Developments in Standards and Regulation for Nanotechnologies
On 19 March 2013, NIA co-hosted an event entitled Current Developments in Standards and Regulation for Nanotechnologies with the Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN) at the UK's National Physics Laboratory's (NPL) facilities in Teddington, United Kingdom
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Briefing: ISO/TS 13830:2013 Nanotechnologies – Guidance on voluntary labelling for Consumer Products containing manufactured Nano-objects
ISO published a new technical specification (TS), ISO/TS 13830:2013 Nanotechnologies – Guidance on voluntary labelling for consumer products containing manufactured nano-objects on 6 December 2013. This provides guidance on the voluntary labelling of consumer products containing manufactured nano-objects. The publication of this TS echoes a number...
New Proposal for a Regulation on Novel Foods targets Nanomaterials
The European Commission has published a new proposal for a Regulation on Novel Foods 2013/045(COD); this draft document is a new attempt to review the legal framework for novel foods that was set in Europe with the 1997 Regulation on Novel Foods (EC) 258/97
EC Regulation on the Definition of Engineered Nanomaterial declared ‘null and void’
An act in a recently announced European Commission regulation has been declared 'null and void'. The regulation in question is EC Regulation No. 1169/2011, which is related to the provision of food information to consumers, and had only been published the day before
NIA Members Consultation – SCCS draft opinons on Carbon Black and Memorandum of Data Quality – Deadline 14 February 2014
The EC SCCS adopted on 12 December 2013 two opinions related to nanomaterials. NIA Members are invited to provide any input and comments they have in relation to the two drafts to NIA no later than 14 February 2014
JRC unveils Nano Web Platform
The EC's JRC has published an online web platform ‘which is mainly based on links to available information’ on nanomaterials. This is the culmination of efforts by a number of EC services in response to the Commission’s second regulatory review on nanomaterials in 2012, which stated that there was a ‘need for better accessible information’ and...
New Definition of ‘Engineered Nanomaterial’ in the EU Food Information to Consumers Regulation
Empowered by Article 18(5) of Regulation 1169/2011 Concerning the Provision of Food Information to Consumers, the European Commission has issued a delegated act to amend the definition of ‘engineered nanomaterial’ present in the text
Israel drafts EU-like Cosmetics Regulation
On 23 Oct 2013 Israel notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade of its intention to develop an EU-like cosmetics regulation
France publishes Results from the first Round of its Mandatory Nano Reporting Scheme
On 1 January 2013 France launched its mandatory reporting scheme for substances at the nanoscale that are produced or imported into France. A report, entitled Elements from the Declarations of Substances at Nanoscale, was published by the Ministry of the Environment and analyses the results of the first round of this registration
UPDATE: Danish Nano Register Notice to EC claims “it will be established how many uses of nano-Product do not pose a Risk”
The Danish EPA has informed the EC of a ‘draft Order on a register of mixtures and articles that contain nanomaterials as well as the requirement for manufacturers and imports to report to the register’. The register 'will serve to instil general consumer confidence in nano paroducts as it will be established how many uses of nano products do not...