News & Alerts

News & Alerts

EC JRC publishes second in Series of Reports looking toward the Review of the Recommended Definition

The EC JRC has published a report, entitled Towards a review of the EC Recommendation for a definition of the term ‘nanomaterial’ – Part 2: Assessment of collected information concerning the experience with the definition. It builds on the first report in the series, which presented a compilation of information received on how stakeholders found using the EC recommended definition

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 formation of ultra-fine particles’

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] nanoscale’ that underpins the register

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 2014

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. Furthermore new nano-TiO2 information submitted by industry will be brought up, as will clarification on the form of a UV filter

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.

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

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

IOMC reviews Work done on Nano under the SAICM Global Plan of Action

In September 2012 the UN ICCM3 put forth 13 activities related to nanotechnologies for adoption in the SAICM Global Plan of Action. An update on these activities has been provided by the WHO Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC)

US NTP Centre determining Technical Needs for non-Animal System that can assess potential Toxicity of Nano

The US National Toxicology Program (NTP) Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods (NICEATM) recently requested ‘data and information on devices and/or technologies currently used for identifying potential inhalation hazards’. This data is set to be used ‘to assess the state of the science and determine the technical needs for a dynamic non-animal system to assess the potential toxicity of inhaled chemicals or nanomaterials’

US House Subcommittee hears about Nanotechnology Opportunities

The US House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade recently held a hearing on ‘Nanotechnology: Understanding How Small Solutions Drive Big Innovation’. Various experts from industry and academia were invited to testify before the subcommittee

Latest Edition of EC CORDIS Express looks at Nanotechnology

The EC e-magazine CORDIS Express has devoted its latest issue to looking ‘at a range of research projects focused on developing new applications for nanomaterials as well as honing the risk assessment process’. These projects include applications in medical applications, art restoration, energy and electronics, as well as those related to commercialisation, safety testing and building consumer confidence