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NIA participates in EU Nanosafety Mission to Brazil
NIA Director-General Dr Steffi Friedrichs recently participated in an EC nanosafety ‘mission’ to Brazil. Dr Friedrichs was one of 11 coordinators of EU-funded projects invited to the country by the Brazilian government
Danish EPA publishes Report on Nanomaterial Environmental Fate and Behaviour
The Danish EPA has published a report, entitled Environmental fate and behaviour of nanomaterials: New knowledge on important transformation processes. The authors studied key environmental transformation processes both in general, and as applied to nine case-study materials
NIA EXCLUSIVE Report - NIA Involvement in Research Projects: 2014 Update
NIA has published NIA's Involvement in Research Projects: 2014 Update​. The aim of this report is to therefore provide a concise overview of the work that NIA has done in research projects since its foundation. Summaries are provided for projects that are both currently ongoing and that have been completed in the past
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...
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...
NIA Comments on OECD WPMN Meeting on Categorisation of Manufactured Nanomaterials featured in News Article
Dr Steffi Friedrichs, NIA Director-General, recently attended a meeting of the OECD WPMN that discussed the categorisation of manufactured nanomaterials. She called the meeting "very tough and very productive"
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...
EC SCCS adopts Opinion on Clarification of Term “sprayable applications/products” used in Nanomaterial Opinions
The EC SCCS has adopted an opinion in relation to the EC’s request for clarification of the meaning of the term ‘sprayable applications/products’ used in three nanomaterial-related opinions. The Committee is accepting comments on this opinion until 10 November 2014
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]...
NIA highlights Impact of Nanotech Regulations on Industry in Webinar
An article published by Bloomberg BNA has quoted NIA Director-General Dr Steffi Friedrichs on the way in which the nanotechnology industries are being affected by regulatory developments worldwide. The article juxtaposes the view of a recently released OECD report with the view expressed by Dr Friedrichs in a webinar she recently presented at
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...
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....
Danish EPA issues Guideline for Reporting to its Nano Inventory
The Danish EPA has published its Guideline for the Danish Inventory of Nanoproducts. It is intended to aid ‘manufacturers and importers of products for consumers’ who are obliged to report to the registry
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’
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. contributes to new Book on Nanotechnology
NIA Member Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. has announced that it has contributed a chapter to a new book, entitled Biointeractions of Nanomaterials. The book ‘covers a wide range of issues associated with the safety of nanomaterials in biological systems’
EC publishes Feedback to its Consultation on Nano Transparency Measures
The EC has published responses to the public consultation it held on transparency measures for nanomaterials available on the European market. Over 200 replies were received one of these was from NIA
OECD publishes Results of Questionnaire on 2010-2011 Regulatory Regimes for Manufactured Nanomaterials
The OECD has published the 42nd item in its Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials, entitled Report of the Questionnaire on Regulatory Regimes for Manufactured Nanomaterials 2010-2011. The questionnaire was administered by the OECD WPMN, and ‘contained four sections related to the oversight of nanomaterials in various OECD...
US EPA New Use Rulings on several Nanomaterials come into Effect in November 2014
US EPA has finalised Significant New Use Rulings (SNUR) for 36 chemical substances; these rulings will take effect from 3 November 2014. Several of the regulated substances will be nanomaterials