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News & Alerts

Report Finds No Food Safety Risk from Nanomaterials
Three prominent nanomaterials, silicion dioxide, titanium dioxide and nanosilver, pose no "significant health risk for food grade materials" while nanoclays and nanosilver do not 'migrate' when used in food packaging, according to new, peer-reviewed reports from Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), the government body responsible for food...
ECHA Publishes Report on Impacts of REACH and CLP
The European Chemicals Authority (ECHA) has published its second report on the implementation of REACH and Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) regulations since their initial introduction in 2005. These reports are issued every five years, with the first one published in 2011, and chronicle how the European Union and companies are...
UK Nanosafety Group Publishes Guide to Safe Workplace and Practices with Nanomaterials
The UK Nanosafety Partnership Group, a consortium of key experts in the field of nanotechnology, has issued the 2nd edition of their guide, Working Safely with Nanomaterials in Research and Development, which helps companies establish 'a safe workplace and good safety practice when working with particulate nanomaterials.' The new version includes...
REACH Guidance Moritorium will not Apply to Nano Updates
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) issued a clarification yesterday that ongoing REACH guidance documents, several of which address nanomaterials, will not be halted under the upcoming two-year 'moratorium' that was recently announced. Under this moratorium, ECHA was expected to pause any further updates to REACH in order to allow companies time...
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...
National Physical Laboratory Launches Industry Survey on Nanomaterial Measurement
The National Physical Laboratory (NIA Member) issued a survey for stakeholders involved in nanomaterial analysis to help "shape the future measurement of Nanomaterials in the UK.'
French NGO Consults Stakeholders on Nano in Water on behalf of Government
The French NGO Avicenn (Association de Veille et d'Information Civique sur les Enjeux des Nanosciences et des Nanotechnologies) is running a stakeholder consultation on nanomaterials in water [in French]. The consultation is open until 28 March 2016
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.’
French Healthcare Law requires Government Report on Nanomaterials in Medicines and Medical Devices
On 27 January 2016, the French government enacted the Law for the Modernisation of Our Healthcare System (Loi 2016-41 pour la Modernisation de notre Système de Santé). It commits the French Government to deliver a report on nanomaterial use in medicines and medical devices to the French Parliament by 18 months (June 2017)
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)  
NIA Director General Highlights Importance of Clear Regulations in Trade Publication
NIA's Director General, David Carlander, was interviewed for the trade publication, Chemistry World, this month on the new novel foods regulation update that was recently passed by the European Parliament.
Three New Cosmetics Regulation Updates Approved
At their 9 February meeting, the European Commission's Standing Committee on Cosmetic Products (Part of the DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs) approved three new amendments to the EU's cosmetics regulation (No 1223/2009), which update regulations on three substances:
OECD Publishes Evaluation of Nanomaterial Testing Methods
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released an 'Evaluation of Methods applied in the OECD-WPMN Testing Programme', the 65th publication in their 'Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials' publication series. The evaluation focuses specifically on endpoints and methods for testing nanomaterial's physico-chemical...
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.
OECD Releases New Safety Data for Titanium Dioxide
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released new safety data dossier for titanium dioxide as part of their Working Party's testing programme and their 'Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials' publication series.
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...