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News & Alerts

European Parliament’s ENVI Committee votes to approve Moratorium on Nano in Food

The European Parliament ENVI Committee has voted to adopt a draft report that ‘proposed a moratorium on the use of nanomaterials in food, based on the precautionary principle’. The report is an amended version of the European Commission’s (EC) January 2014 proposal for a Regulation on Novel Foods 2013/0435 (COD)

French National Plan for Human Health and the Environment looks at Nanomaterials

The French Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, Ms. Ségolène Royal, and the Minister of Social Affairs, Health and Women's Rights, Ms. Marisol Touraine, have released the third ‘National Plan for the Health and the Environment’ (3ème Plan National Santé Environnement - PNSE3)

France releases Second Report on the Registration of Nanomaterials

Launched in 2013, the French mandatory reporting scheme for nanomaterials that are produced or imported in France has achieved a second round of registration on 1 June 2014; the authorities now published a report on the results of this exercise

Updated ECHA CoRAP Testing List contains 3 new Nanomaterials

ECHA has published a draft of its annual update of the Community Rolling Action Plan (CoRAP). The plan, covering the 2015-2017 period, contains 65 newly selected substances alongside 69 that were included in the previous plan; four of the substances in the list are either nanomaterials or are commonly applied as nanomaterials

Proposed US EPA Nano-specific Rulings for TSCA re-emerge

In 2009 the US EPA initiated work on nano-specific rules under the Toxic Substances Control Act; two notices of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) were later submitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). After four years, the original 2010 NPRMs have been withdrawn by the EPA, and a new NPRM was proposed to the OMB in October 2014

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

ECHA outlines its 2015 Work Programme

ECHA has announced its Work Programme 2015, outlining how it plans to work on various different areas of chemicals regulation, including nanomaterials. The final plan will be implemented following approval by the Budgetary Authority of the European Union, and ‘should the total revenue or authorised staff figures differ significantly from the current estimates, the Work Programme will be adjusted accordingly’

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

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’