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News & Alerts

New Issue of SeeingNano Newsletter Published
SeeingNano, a Horizon 2020 project creating novel visualisation tools for improved education and awareness of nanotechnology, has published a new edition of their periodic newsletter.   The issue covers the project's progress in developing unique, educational tools on nanotechnology, including a mobile application, short video, memory game,...
New JRC Report Provides Overview of Nanomaterials in Food, Feed and Ag
The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission published a new paper this month, Nanomaterials for products and application in agriculture, feed and food, which evaluates how nanomaterials are currently used in agricultural production, animal feed, food processing, food additives and food contact materials. The report was conducted at the...
NIA Member Nanomakers invited at the awards ceremony for the Worldwide Innovation Challenge 2030
On 18 July, French President François Hollande invited sucessful beneficiaries of the Worldwide Innovation Challenge 2030 (Concours Mondial d'Innovation 2030) for a ceremony in Paris. Dr Jean-François Perrin, CEO at Nanomakers, an NIA Member Company, attended the gathering as an awardee of the second round of the competition.   The Worldwide...
Nano TiO2 enters European List of UV Filters Allowed in Cosmetic Products
The European Commission amended the Regulation on Cosmetic Products (1223/2009) which sets safety and marketing rules for cosmetics in the European Union to add nano titanium dioxide to the list of authorised UV filters (Annex VI). Nanoparticles of titanium dioxide are known for their increased effectiveness in filtering ultraviolet irradiation...
Nanotechnology among 2016-2018 Priority Topics for EFSA's Scientific Committee Risk Assessment Guidance
On 19 May 2016, the Scientific Committee of the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) has adopted an opinion identifying priority topics for the development of risk assessment guidance in the years 2016-2018. The work programme defines areas where guidance documents need updating and where new guidance will have to be developed. Nanotechnologies are...
German EPA recommends Measures for 'Nanomaterial Specific Environmental Risks'
The German Environment Protection Agency (Umweltbundesamt) has recently released a background note entitled Nanomaterials in the environment –Current state of knowledge and regulations on chemical safety - Recommendations of the German Environment Agency. While considering that 'the nanoscale form of a substance does not necessarily constitute a...
Revised Rule on Nanomaterials in the Trilogue Compromise Text for Medical Devices Regulation
On 15 June 2016, the three institutions of the European Union reached an agreement on the Regulation on Medical Devices. The Council, the European Parliament and the Commission had engaged in a trilogue procedure after the vote of the European Parliament in April 2014. In the tentatively agreed consolidated compromise text, the institutions of the...
Benefits of Nanomaterials in Sunscreen Far Outweighs Risk, finds Australian Study
The 'danger of excessive UV light...skin damage and cancer is far greater than the perceived risk posed by nano-sunscreens, which is not supported by the scientific literature' concludes a new, peer-reviewed analysis in the Medical Journal of Australia published this month. The report, authored by Paul Wright of RMIT University in Melbourne and...
Dialogue Explores Public Attitudes and Aspirations for Nanotechnology
'Honest, open and transparent' conversations about nanotechnology are necessary for public understanding and acceptance finds the report,  Understanding public perceptions of specific applications of nanotechnologies (Link auto-downloads PDF report), whose final version was published by the UK government last month. The report was the result of...
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. EFSA's Scientific Committee Chair said the updated review will...
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. Following the idea that harmonised terminology...
ECHA Releases New Guidance on Nanoform Grouping and Hazard Assessment
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), in partnership with the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM), have issued a new publication providing guidance on nanoform grouping for hazard assessment.  The document, Usage of (eco)toxicological data for bridging data gaps between and...
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.' The survey's objective is to discover nanomaterial measurement needs and challenges across sectors, such as: Issues relating to product inspection Issues relating...
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. The Avicenn consultation is supported by the National Office for Water and Acquatic Environments (...
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’. The document calls for nanotechnology to "be more strongly reflected and supported in the EU's priorities" and declares "freedom in research and fewer...