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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. The OECD's Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials testing programme's objective is to "conduct...
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...
European Commission Publishes Draft REACH Impact Assessment for Nanomaterials
The European Commission has released their draft Impact Assessment for Annexes to REACH for registration of nanomaterials. The document can be downloaded here. A full summary and analysis is available to all NIA Members .
ECHA Provides New Guidance for Biocide Peer Review
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has released new guidelines for companies to introduce new information during the peer review process of an active biocidal substance approval. ECHA noted that this issue has arisen several times by submitting companies and a harmonised approach was necessary. For a company to now submit new information they...
BASF Announces Dialogforum Nano
NIA Member BASF will host a public discussion on fostering transparency and responsible innovation with nanomaterials in Brussels this March as part of their ongoing Dialogforum Nano project. The event will mark the release of their latest Dialogforum report, a collaborative document between BASF and NGOs which highlights the results of their...
OECD Publishes New Reports in 'Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials'
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released the 63rd and 64th documents in their 'Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials': 63: Physical-Chemical Parameters: Measurements and Methods Relevant for the Regulation of Nanomaterials 64: Approaches on Nano Grouping/Equivalence/Read-across Concepts...
Netherlands Publishes Framework for 'NanoCosmetics Tool for Risk Assessment'
The Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment has released a new report outlining a framework for a risk assessment tool for nanomaterials in cosmetics products. The tool can provide 'fast evaluation of the potential risk of a nanomaterial' in cosmetics after inputting exposure and hazard data, which can help with...
JRC Publishes Report Reviewing Achievements of OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials
The European Commission's Joint Research Centre has published a paper chronicling "ten years of history of OECD's work on nanosafety" and their achievements to date. The report highlights the OECD programme's success in testing 11 nanomaterials for 59 endpoints addressing "physicalechemical properties, mammalian and environmental toxicity,...
Danish report assesses administrative burdens of nano registry
The Ministry of Environment and Food in Denmark has released a new report which estimates 'the administrative burdens arising from businesses' obligation to report to the Nanoproductregister' in Denmark. The report, entitled Assessment of the administrative burdens on businesses with a reporting obligation to the Danish Nanoproductregister, relies...
Final Novel Foods Regulation Published
The Official Journal of the European Union has published the final Novel Foods Regulation (Regulation 2015/2283) text. The legislation was passed by the European Parliament in October by a vote of 359-202, with 127 abstentions and was ratified by the Council of the European Union. The Regulation replaces a 1997 regulation with updated rules,...
Danish EPA releases Report on Nanomaterial Safety
The Danish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the final report of the 'Better Control of Nanomaterials' initiative. Started in 2012 this government-led initiative of 24 million Danish kroner (3.2 million Euro) has published of thirty reports assessing health and environmental questions linked to nanomaterials and helped establish...
Swedish Chemical Agency proposes Registration Scheme for Nanomaterials
Today, the Swedish Chemical Agency (KEMI) has proposed an approach to registering nanomaterials to the Swedish Government. KEMI had been tasked with this report in January 2015. The report [in Swedish, summary in English p.8] outlines a plan for a registry in Sweden under the existing Swedish Products Register that already gathers ‘information on...
Danish Government Finds no Environmental Risk from Common Nanomaterials
A new study by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency has concluded there is "no causes for significant environmental concerns regarding nanomaterials." The study comes on the heels of four additional studies from the agency this month examining environmental, health and safety effects of nanomaterials. Environmental Assessment of Nanomaterial...
New Nanomaterial Documents Published by Danish Environmental Protection Agency
Earlier this week, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency issued several new publications addressing environmental and human health risk assessment in nanomaterials: Consumer Risk Assessment for nanoproducts on the Danish Market Dermal Absorption of Nanomaterials Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide Based Sunscreen: Role of Size and Surface...
Survey Requests Data on Industry Safe by Design Projects
The ProSafe project, an FP7 initiative, has launched a survey for private sector representatives requesting data on safe by design projects their companys are currently involved in. The objective in collecting this data is to map current safe by design projects and review what current R&D is underway in this field. This will help ProSafe...
Oeko-Institut opens Consultation on Two RoHS Exemptions for Cadmium Quantum Dots
The Oeko-Institut has opened a consultation on the re-evaluation of two requests to renew select exemptions for cadmium quantum dots (Cd QD) under the Restrictions of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (RoHS2). The organisation is authorized by the European Commission to evaluate exemption requests and determine...
French Member of Parliament and Government exchange on the Labelling of Products containing Nanoparticles
The Secretary of State for Trade, Crafts, Consumption and Social and Solidarity Economy replied to a written question of Mr René Rouquet from the National Assembly on nanoparticles in consumer products [link in French]. In his written question, the Member of Parliament underlined the ‘absence of information on the use of nanoparticles in consumer...
New Nanomatrerial Safety Document Released by OECD
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released the 58th document in their 'Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials,' Developments on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials: 2013. The new resource "compiles information...on current developments on the safety of manufactured nanomaterials" and is intended...
ECHA Executive Director Urges European Commission to Finalise REACH Annex Revisions for Nanomaterials
Today, the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety of the European Parliament hosted Mr Geert Dancet, Executive Director of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), for a presentation and discussion on chemical safety regulation progress (begins at 2:25:00). During the session, Mr Dancet urged the European Commission to finalise ...
Horizon 2020 Draft Work Programme Released by European Commission
The European Commission has published draft versions of the Horizon 2020 work programmes for 2016-2017. The final editions are expected to be released on in mid-October, however, advance drafts allow stakeholders to begin identifying potential areas of interest. The Nanotechnology Industries Association is currently analysing these programmes on...