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News & Alerts

US EPA proposes Significant New Use Rule for Carbon Nanotubes
Under the Toxic Substances Control Act, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) proposed a Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) with recordkeeping requirements for the substance defined as: 'bimodal mixture consisting of multi-walled carbon nanotubes and other classes of carbon nanotubes (generic)'
NANoREG and ProSafe Industry Meeting 31 January
On 31 January, the two EU projects NANoREG and ProSafe will have a dedicated industry meeting to present and discuss some of the reports produced. 
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
US NIOSH opens consultation on Health Effects of Occupational Exposure to Silver Nanomaterials Publication
Late January 2016, the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released a draft document on the Health Effects of Occupational Exposure to Silver Nanomaterial. This document contains a literature review as well as recommendations for the safe handling of silver nanoparticles and research needs to fill in data gaps and...
OECD Releases New Publications on Nanomaterial Risk Assessment
This month, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released two new publications providing guidance to nanomaterial developers on risk assessment, measurement and mitigation.
UK Releases Report on Workplace Exposure and Controls During Nanomaterial Manufacturing
This week, the United Kingdom's Health and Safety Laboratory, a division of the Health and Safety Executive,  issued a report assessing how employees encounter airborne nanomaterials during their manufacture, handling and use, as well as the steps companies are taking to ensure safe exposure rates. The study was limited in scope, assessing only...
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’
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...
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...
OECD releases Report looking to advance Policy Debate on Nano through Case-Study on its Application to Tyre Industry
The OECD has published a study, Nanotechnology and Tyres: Greening Industry and Transport, which looks ‘to advance the policy debate [on nanotechnologies] by considering a wide range of issues regarding sustainable growth and the responsible development of nanotechnology from the perspective of a single application of nanotechnology in a mass...
French OHS Agency publishes Guidance on the Identification of Nanomaterials in the Workplace
France's INRS has released a guidance document that aids in the identification of nanomaterials in the workplace. The report provides a summary of occupational health and safety (OHS) knowledge related to nanomaterials
Publications from the ILSI NanoRelease Food Additive Project now freely available
The ILSI NanoRelease Food Additive Project, in which NIA participates, has recently published five scientific publications in the journal Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety. An earlier publication had been published in April 2014 in ACS nano
Danish NGO outlines Concerns over Nanomaterials in new e-Book
The Danish Ecological Council has published a report, entitled Chemicals in Politics and Everyday Life – EU’s Chemical Regulation REACH, Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, Nanomaterials and Cocktail Effects. The report contains describes the regulatory landscape around nanomaterials, and highlights its concerns over the materials
UN Agency ILO uses Nano as Example of Safety Concerns associated with Emerging Technologies
The International Labour Organization has published Safety and Health in the Use of Chemicals at Work for the world day for safety and health at work, which takes place today. It notes that ‘the rate of innovation and research regarding the development and use of chemicals is rapid, but the pace of investigating the safety and health aspects of...
ECHA publishes Safety Assessment “Best practice” for Nano REACH Registrants
ECHA has published the a report entitled Human health and environmental exposure assessment and risk characterisation of nanomaterials: Best practice for REACH registrants. Its contents are based on findings from the third and final meeting of a group it convened, the Group Assessing Already Registered Nanomaterials (GAARN)
Belgium ratifies National Nano Reporting Scheme
The Belgian Council of Ministers has validated the country’s mandatory nanomaterial reporting scheme. This will require companies who put substances and mixtures containing nanomaterials on the Belgian market to register their materials. An evaluation is set to be run on whether products containing the materials will also need to be registered
ISO publishes second Part of Nanotechnology Occupational Risk Management Standard
ISO has made available for purchase ISO/TS 12901-2: 2014. Published by TC/229, this standard ‘describes the use of a control banding approach for controlling the risks associated with occupational exposures to nano-objects, and their aggregates and agglomerates greater than 100nm (NOAA), even if knowledge regarding their toxicity and quantitative...
New US NIOSH Publication on Current Strategies for Nanomaterial Engineering Controls
US NIOSH has released a document entitled Current Strategies for Engineering Controls in Nanomaterial Production and Downstream Handling Processes
NIA unveils its Regulatory Monitoring Database
The Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) today launched its Regulatory Monitoring Database. This Database is a comprehensive tool that allows its users to monitor nano-specific regulations and standards around the world.
EC Commissioner explains that Precautionary Principle underpins several Regulations on Nano
In a response to a question on whether the ‘[…] precautionary principle should be taken in view of the proven toxicity of nanomaterials’, the EC Commissioner for the Environment stated that, in fact, the precautionary principle already provides the foundation for a number of EC regulations; namely for REACH, and for the Cosmetics Regulation