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Extending the EC's Nanotechnology Code of Conduct: A Legal Analysis
An article has summarised the legal issues related to the European Commission (EC) extending its code of conduct for nanotechnologies to emerging technologies in general. It concludes that 'it appears improbable that the generally worded...code...will become a practicable general standard'
ISO publishes two new Standards for Nanomaterials
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has released documentation for both the characterisation and measurement of nanoscale titanium dioxide and nanoform calcium carbonate. These standards detail ‘the basic characteristics…in powder form relevant for applications in nanotechnology’
International Standards under ISO published for Characterisation and Measurement of TiO2 and CaCO3
Two international standards have been published by ISO for the characterisation and measurement of titanium dioxide and calcium carbonate dry powders. The documents, respectively Nanotechnologies - Nanoscale titanium dioxide in powder form - Characteristics and measurement (ISO/TS 11937:2012) and Nanotechnologies - Nanoscale calcium carbonate in...
UN International Center on Nanotechnology holds first Meeting
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) International Center on Nanotechnology (ICN) held its first meeting between 12 and 13 December 2012 on the topic, ‘Applications of Nanotechnology in Water and Wastewater: Challenges and Opportunities’. Participants includes ‘representatives for water and wastewater engineering...
UN Expert proposes new Item for Nanomaterial Communication in GHS
A member of the UN's ;Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) has called on the committee to 'improve technical guidance on the classification and hazard communication of nanomaterials in the GHS'. Although 'much work has been done worldwide', there is still no 'harmonized approach which should define the appropriate...
Canadian Standards Association announces first national Nanotechnology Standard
The CSA has revealed the country's first nanotechnology-related standard, CSA Z12885, Nanotechnologies - Exposure control for engineered nanomaterials in occupational settings. It is based on ISO/TR 12885 but has been revised to 'reflect Canadian practices and safety considerations'
ASTM announces new Nanotechnology Standard for Nano-scale Biological Materials
ASTM has revealed a new nanotechnology standard that focuses on the zeta potential of biological materials. The standard, entitled E2865, Guide for Measurement of Electrophoretic Mobility and Zeta Potential of Nanosized Biological Materials, was developed by part of ASTM International Committee E56 on Nanotechnology
German State Institute releases Review of national and international Nanotechnology Regulations
A German national institute has published its review of nanomaterial regulations used by Germany and by foreign countries. The review, entitled Nanomaterials: regulations - nationally and internationally, was authored by the Baden-Württemberg LUBW
First Label for Nanomaterial Product awarded in Thailand
A label signifying the quality and authenticity of nano-based products in Thailand has been bestowed for the first time. Developed for the internal market, the NanoQ label is used in the paint, ceramics, textile, and household plastics industries
ISO working on Labelling Guidance for Manufactured Nanomaterials
The ISO is preparing a guidance document for the labelling of 'nano-objects'. The standard, entitled ISO/TS 13830:2011 - Guidance on the labelling of manufactured nano-objects and products containing nano-objects, is being readied by the organisation's Technical Committee (TC) 229 on nanotechnologies
UK NMI developing standardised Set of reference Nanomaterials for toxicity Measurements
The UK's NMI is 'developing a standardized panel of reference nanomaterials to enable the development of traceable methods for improved in vitro toxicity measurements for safety assessment'. These materials are going to 'be based on the high quality nanoparticles produced by the EU JRC'
BSI publishes three new Nanotechnology Standards; announces Development of a fourth
BSI has today released three new Publicly Available Specifications (PAS) for nanotechnology, and has announced that work is being carried out on a fourth
ISO publishes new Technical Report on Nanomaterial Characterisation in Toxicology
A new Technical Report (TR) has recently been published by ISO, entitled ISO TR 13014:2012, Nanotechnologies - Guidance on physiochemical characterisation of engineered nanoscale materials for toxicologic assessment. The report is said to be able to 'assist health scientists and experts to understand, plan, identify, and address' characterisation...
NIA represented at NanoSafety Symposium
The NIA's Director of Advocacy, David Carlander, gave a presentation at the recently held Safety Issues and Regulatory Challenges of Nanomaterials symposium, covering the topics of industry needs and research activities. The event was coordinated by the EC JRC along with four European seventh Framework Programme (FP7) projects, and was attended by...
European Commission and NIA publish 'NM-Series of Representative Manufactured Nanomaterials: Zinc Oxide'
The EC JRC, supported by the NIA and its member company BASF, has published the second report in a series on the NM- Series of Representative Manufactured Nanomaterials, Zinc Oxide NM-110, NM-111, NM-112, NM-113 Characterisation and Test Item Preparation. The report documents results obtained under the OECD WPMN Sponsorship Programme
NIA comments on the History of the EU's Definition of Nanomaterials
The NIA recently shed light on the debate on the 'why and wherefore' of the EC's recent recommendation for a definition of the term 'nanomaterial' in the context of existing 'nano'-definitions: "The ISO definition is a technical definition, while the Commission's is a regulatory one," says Steffi Friedrichs, Director General of the NIA in an ...
Asia Nano Forum to pursue Iran’s proposal on Asian Nanoscale Certificate Award
The Asia Nano Forum (ANF) was held in Tehran, Iran, on the 9 October 2011. Representatives of 15 Asia-Pacific and 4 European countries attended the forum
Opposing Reactions on the European Definition of Nanomaterials
In response to the European Commission's Recommendation on a Definition of Nanomaterials, the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) stated that the definition is too broad, saying it would add 'unnecessary burden' as well as legal uncertainty for companies. In addition fears were expressed that too many products would fall under the scope of...
European Commission and NIA publish First Set of Results from the OECD Sponsorship Programme on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials
The EC JRC, supported by the NIA and its member company RAS Materials, has published the first report in a series on the NM-Series of Representative Manufactured Nanomaterials. Entitled 300 Silver - Characterisation, Stability, Homogeneity, the report marks the start to the publication of the first set of results obtained under the OECD WPMN...
NIA submits Comments on Nanotechnology Labelling Standard
The NIA has submitted comments to CEN/TC 352 on the Final Draft of Guidance on the labelling of manufactured nano-objects and products containing manufactured nano-objects (ISO/DTS 13830:2010), which had been jointly developed with ISO/TC 229