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New OECD Publication addresses Alternative Testing Strategies in Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials
The Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD WPMN) has released a new publication of its Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials. The eightieth publication in this series, entitled Alternative testing strategies in risk assessment of manufactured  nanomaterials:...
NIA Consults Members on nano reporting requirements in Sweden
The Swedish Chemical Agency (Kemikalieinspektionen, KEMI) launched in the Autumn of 2016 a consultation reporting requirements for nanomaterials in products aimed for the Swedish market.  The proposal requires that all manufacturers and handlers of chemical products should report these products to the Products Register. The proposal now...
ECHA consults CARACAL on Nanomaterial Draft Guidance for Environmental endpoints
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has provided three draft updates of the Appendices to Chapters R.7a, R.7b and R7.c of the Guidance on IR&CSA (Endpoint specific guidance) on “recommendations for nanomaterials” regarding environmental endpoints. The three Appendices have been sent for consultation to CARACAL (the Competent Authorities for...
ECHA consults CARACAL on Nanomaterial Draft Guidance for Grouping and Read Across
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has released a public version of the draft Guidance on recommendations for nanomaterials applicable to QSARs and grouping of chemicals sent for CARACAL consultation, the Competent Authorities for REACH and CLP (CARACAL) are now invited to comment upon this text.  The deadline for the consultation is 20 February...
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.  The aim of the meeting is to present and discuss several of the main outcomes and reports from these two large EU projects on Nanomaterials Health and Safety. Both these projects are coming to an end...
US EPA requires Nanoscale Chemical Substances Reporting
On 12 January 2016, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated a final rule on 'Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements' for chemical substances when manufactured or processes as nanoscale materials. Under Section 8(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), 'this rule involves one-time reporting for existing...
NIA welcomes the Agreement on the Development of the European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials (EU-ON)
On 7 December, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and the European Commission formally agreed to start working on a nanomaterial observatory. This approach was retained as one of the possible ways to improve transparency for nanomaterials in the European Union. In 2014, an impact assessment commissioned by the EC had identified of transparency...
France releases 2016 Report of the r-Nano Nanomaterial Reporting Scheme
The French Ministry of the Environment, Energy and the Sea has released its 2016 issue of the report 'Elements from the Declaratiosn of Substances at the Nanoscale' (Éléments issus des déclarations des substances à l'état nanoparticulaire). The report shows a stable number of entities registering nanomaterials. It identifies a small drop in the...
NIA Member Nanomakers invited to 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...
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...
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...
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...
Results of 2014 French Nanomaterial Registration made Public
On 23 February 2016, the French Ministry for the Environment, Energy and the Sea, released the 2015 Report of the national nanomaterial registration scheme ‘r-nano’ (in French). This report analyses the results of the registration of nanomaterial substances imported, manufactured or distributed in France in 2014. In 2014, 300 822 tons of...
OECD Publishes Evaluation of Nanomaterial Testing Methods
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released an 'Evaluation of Methods applied in the OECD-WPMN Testing Programme', the 65th publication in their 'Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials' publication series. The evaluation focuses specifically on endpoints and methods for testing nanomaterial's physico-chemical...
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...
JRC Publishes Report Reviewing Achievements of OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials
The European Commission's Joint Research Centre has published a paper chronicling "ten years of history of OECD's work on nanosafety" and their achievements to date. The report highlights the OECD programme's success in testing 11 nanomaterials for 59 endpoints addressing "physicalechemical properties, mammalian and environmental toxicity,...
Danish EPA releases Report on Nanomaterial Safety
The Danish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the final report of the 'Better Control of Nanomaterials' initiative. Started in 2012 this government-led initiative of 24 million Danish kroner (3.2 million Euro) has published of thirty reports assessing health and environmental questions linked to nanomaterials and helped establish...