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News & Alerts

US NIST develops World’s Smallest Reference Material
US NIST recently issued ‘the smallest known reference material ever created’, RM 8027. RM 8027 ‘consists of five hermetically sealed ampoules containing one millilitre of silicon nanoparticles – all certified to be close to 2 nanometres in diameter – suspended in toluene’
Interactive Tool explaining the safe Use of Nanomaterials in Car Workshops launched
A virtual classroom has been launched that ‘allows its users to gather important on [the] safe handling of nanomaterials’ in a car workshop. According to its developers the St. Gallen Innovation Society, ‘the emphasis of the “Nanorama Car Workshop” is on the handling of products containing nanomaterials and on work processes that can lead to the...
EC SCCS adopts Opinion on Clarification of Term “sprayable applications/products” used in Nanomaterial Opinions
The EC SCCS has adopted an opinion in relation to the EC’s request for clarification of the meaning of the term ‘sprayable applications/products’ used in three nanomaterial-related opinions. The Committee is accepting comments on this opinion until 10 November 2014
Article on Belgian Nano Register Questions its Legality
An article written by a legal expert has raised the question of how compatible the upcoming Belgian nano register is with EU law, and even with Belgian administrative law. The main areas of contention are reported to be in whether it impedes the ‘freedom of movement’ of goods in the EU, and the definition of ‘substance manufactured at [the]...
NIA highlights Impact of Nanotech Regulations on Industry in Webinar
An article published by Bloomberg BNA has quoted NIA Director-General Dr Steffi Friedrichs on the way in which the nanotechnology industries are being affected by regulatory developments worldwide. The article juxtaposes the view of a recently released OECD report with the view expressed by Dr Friedrichs in a webinar she recently presented at
US EPA requests Public Comments on Nanomaterial Wastewater Discharge
The US EPA will, as part of its 2014 Annual Review of industrial wastewater discharges, ‘report on a methodology and interim findings of its investigation into the environmental toxicity and industrial wastewater discharge of nanomaterials’. It has requested that stakeholders and the public provide it with any relevant information by 17 November...
Five new Nano PMNs received by US EPA
The US EPA has published a list of the substances it had received pre-manufacture notices (PMN) for in the period April 2014 to June 2014. Five of these were for nanomaterials
EC SCCS to discuss numerous Nano Issues at next Plenary
EC SCCS will hold its 7th plenary meeting on 23 September 2014. According to the agenda, the committee will discuss a new request ‘for clarification on the meaning of the term “sprayable applications/products” for the nano forms of Carbon Black CI77266, TiO2 and ZnO’, and the status of draft opinions on nano-silica and nano-hydroxyapatite....
Danish EPA issues Guideline for Reporting to its Nano Inventory
The Danish EPA has published its Guideline for the Danish Inventory of Nanoproducts. It is intended to aid ‘manufacturers and importers of products for consumers’ who are obliged to report to the registry
Article examines Challenges of the Nano-(Q)SAR Approach
NIA Member NPL recently contributed to an article, entitled Nano(Q)SAR: Challenges, pitfalls and perspectives. The article highlights findings that ‘show clear gaps in the research framework that must be addressed if we are to have reliable predictions from such models’
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. contributes to new Book on Nanotechnology
NIA Member Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. has announced that it has contributed a chapter to a new book, entitled Biointeractions of Nanomaterials. The book ‘covers a wide range of issues associated with the safety of nanomaterials in biological systems’
EC publishes Feedback to its Consultation on Nano Transparency Measures
The EC has published responses to the public consultation it held on transparency measures for nanomaterials available on the European market. Over 200 replies were received one of these was from NIA
OECD publishes Results of Questionnaire on 2010-2011 Regulatory Regimes for Manufactured Nanomaterials
The OECD has published the 42nd item in its Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials, entitled Report of the Questionnaire on Regulatory Regimes for Manufactured Nanomaterials 2010-2011. The questionnaire was administered by the OECD WPMN, and ‘contained four sections related to the oversight of nanomaterials in various OECD...
US EPA New Use Rulings on several Nanomaterials come into Effect in November 2014
US EPA has finalised Significant New Use Rulings (SNUR) for 36 chemical substances; these rulings will take effect from 3 November 2014. Several of the regulated substances will be nanomaterials
Study evaluates Concepts for the Grouping of Nanomaterials
The European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals recently reviewed the ‘available concepts for the grouping of nanomaterials for human health risk assessment’. Their findings were published in an open-access journal, under the title A critical appraisal of existing concepts for the grouping of nanomaterials
NANoREG publishes second Newsletter
The EC seventh Framework Programme (FP7) project NANoREG (full name: A common European Approach to the Regulatory Testing of Nanomaterials) has published its second newsletter. NIA is a member of this project.
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Briefing: Export Control and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies: the Case of Nanotechnologies
NIA has written an exclusive Members briefing on how nanotechnologies in dual-use goods and technologies are governed both internationally and by relevant US and EU regulations
Minutes from EC JRC Workshop on Nanotechnology for the Agricultural Sector now Available
In November 2013 the EC JRC hosted an internal workshop on ‘Nanotechnology for the agricultural sector: from research to the field’. A JRC Science and Policy report has now been published summarising the day’s discussions
Article describes Difficulties in characterising Nanomaterials in Food and Food Contact Materials
A recently published article that draws upon the work of the NanoRelease project has highlighted the complexity of measuring nanomaterials in foods. The authors state that, ‘due to the complexity and wide chemical and physical disparity of nanomaterials at different points in time from processing to ingestion, it is likely that no single method...
Brazil’s ANVISA establishes Nanotechnology Committee for Health Surveillance
Brazil’s Health Surveillance Agency, ANVISA, has been ordered to set up an internal committee on nanotechnology (CIN) to coordinate institutional actions in areas deemed to be national priorities. The committee has a year to find relevant members and complete numerous actions, including setting up a database on manufactured nanomaterials