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News & Alerts

EC proposes Nanomaterial Exemption to RoHS 2

The EC is intending to amend the restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS 2) regulation in order to create an exemption ‘for cadmium in illumination and display lighting applications’. It has been sent to the European Parliament and EU Council of Ministers for comments; if no opposition is made, the EC’s delegated directive will automatically come into effect

Nanomaterials added to EC approved List of Food Contact Materials

A regulation ‘amending and correcting’ EC Regulation 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food shows that three nanomaterials have been approved for such use. Furthermore another material has been amended to allow for the nanoform of it to be used

US EPA enacts SNUR for MWCNT-containing Dispersing Agent

The US EPA has issued a significant new use ruling for a polymer of terephthalic acid and ethyl benzene with multi-walled carbon nanotube (generic). The polymer has also been made subject to a US TSCA section 5(e) consent order as the Agency believes it to ‘present an unreasonable risk of injury to human health and the environment’

US EPA withdraws SNUR for Carbon Nanotube

The US EPA has withdrawn a direct final significant new use ruling (SNUR) for functionalized carbon nanotubes (generic). A notification about the SNUR coming into effect was published in late October 2014

EC publishes Guidance for Workers and Employers on working safely with Manufactured Nanomaterials

Two separate guidance documents for those working with manufactured nanomaterials have been released by the EC. The first, Working Safely with Manufactured Nanomaterials, is aimed specifically at those handling the materials in the workplace; the second, Guidance on the protection of the health and safety of workers from the potential risks related to nanomaterials at work, is for employers

Swiss Nano Action Plan extended until 2019

An ‘action plan for synthetic nanomaterials’ that was developed by numerous Swiss Federal Offices has been extended until 2019. Adopted by the country’s Federal Council in April 2008, it ‘illustrates the work required in Switzerland for the safe handling of nanomaterials’

Nanosilver Rinse-off Cosmetics to be excluded from receiving EU Ecolabel

The EC has passed a decision ‘establishing the ecological criteria for the award of the EU Ecolabel for rinse-off cosmetic products’ (2014/893/EU). Criteria for receiving the EU Ecolabel indicates that nanosilver may ‘not be included in the product [seeking the Ecolabel], neither as part of the formulation nor as part of any mixture in the formulation’

EC JRC Technical Report calls for Guidelines for EC Nano Definition and its Implementation

The EC JRC has published a Technical Report, describing work carried out ‘to evaluate a number of analytical methods of measuring particle size distributions as required for classification with respect to the EC Recommendation for the definition on nanomaterials’; however, the authors state that guidelines ‘regarding some aspects of the definition and its implementation’ are necessary in order to avoid ‘lab-to-lab variability that is likely to arise from the inherent difficulties associated with all the techniques examined’

EC to present revised Nano Food Proposal to European Parliament

The EC has notified the WTO that it will put forward to the European Parliament and EU Council of Ministers a revision of its ‘Delegated Regulation amending Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the provision of food information to consumers as regards the definition of ‘engineered nanomaterials’. This is anticipated to be done in the first half of February 2015

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

Companies launch Appeal against ECHA Titanium Dioxide Registration Check

A number of companies have appealed against a decision taken by ECHA in June 2014. According to the appeal, the contested decision ‘is unlawful in so far as it requires the update of the Substance [titanium dioxide] registration dossier with specific information related to phases of the Substance, nanoforms, and surface treatments of nanoforms, as part of the Substance identification information’

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