News & Alerts

News & Alerts

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Publishes Guidance on Nanomaterials in Feed
This month, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued final guidance on nanomaterial applications in animal feed in a publication, Use of Nanomaterials in Food for Animals. The document provides essential guidance that can help stakeholders identify and address any safety or regulatory challenges before taking a product to market...
Joint Research Centre (JRC) Publishes Nanomaterial Risk Assessment Recommendations
The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) has published risk assessment test recommendations for nanomaterials based off the results of in-vitro testing of six nanomaterials as part of a recent study in PLOS One. The authors stated that any intelligent testing strategy that aims to accurately assess nanomaterial risks should include...
Canada requests Research, Commericial and Consumer Use Data for Over 200 Nanomaterials
On 25 July 2015, the Canadian Minister of Environment requested nanomaterial producers supply a wide range of data on product research, use in the commercial and consumer markets, and quantity manufactured or imported. The request, posted in the Canada Gazette, the official paper of the Canadian government, and highlighted by the Nano and Other...
EC JRC concludes review of EC Recommendation for a Definition of Nanomaterial
The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission  (JRC) published the third and last report of the series of reports on the review of the European Commission Recommendation for a Definition of Nanomaterial (2011/0696). This report, Towards a review of the EC Recommendation for a definition of the term “nanomaterial” – Part 3: Scientific-...
US EPA extends the Comment Period for the TSCA Nanoscale Material proposed Rule
On 2 July 2015, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a 30-day extension of the comment period for the consultation on the proposed rule: Chemical Substances When Manufactured Or Processed As Nanoscale Materials; TSCA Reporting And Recordkeeping Requirements. Originally set for 6 July 2015, the deadline for submitting...
EP ENVI Committee approves Council’s proposal on Novel Foods
On 25 June 2015, the European Parliament’s committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) has given its support to the compromise text of the Council of the European Union on the proposed Regulation on Novel Foods 2013/0435 (COD). In the compromise text of 10 June 2015, the Council agreed with the amendments made by the  European...
UPDATE: NIA EXCLUSIVE Consultation - US EPA proposed Rule for TSCA Section 8(a) - DEADLINE: 3 July 2015
UPDATE : NIA Members are invited to comment on the draft reply to the US EPA that was compiled by NIA as a result from the first round of consultation. NIA Members are invited to follow this link to download the draft comments. Comments should be sent to NIA by 3 July 2015. Following the proposal of the Environment Protection Agency of the...
OECD publishes Nanomaterial Safety Testing Data on 11 Manufactured Nanomaterials
On 9 June 2015, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN) has made its web platform on the testing programme of manufactured nanomaterials public. Resulting from the Sponsorship Programme for the Testing of Manufactured Nanomaterials (Testing Programme) that had been...
Sweden to develop a Nanomaterial Registry
The Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI) has been tasked with the designing of a national nanomaterial register in Sweden. Upon the request of the Swedish Ministry of the Environment (Miljödepartementet) [in Swedish], KEMI is drafting a proposal for a register and conducting an impact assessment.  Consultations will be run with Agencies and...
US EPA announces 11 June 2015 Public Meeting on Proposed Nanoscale Materials Reporting and Recordkeeping Rule
On 11 June 2015, the American Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a public meeting on the topic of the proposed rule Chemical Substances when manufactured or processed as Nanoscale Materials; TSCA Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements. Published in the Federal Register on 6 April 2015, this proposed rule intends to use Section 8 (a...
UPDATE - NIA EXCLUSIVE Consultation: Canadian Proposed Approaches to Regulating Nanoscale Substances – DEADLINE: 13 May 2015
**** UPDATE: NIA drafted a reply to the EC and HC consultation on a Proposed Approach to address Nanoscale Forms of Substances in the DSL. NIA Members are invited to provide comments to this draft reply **** NIA is gathering feedback from its Members to reply to the consultation that has been opened by Environment Canada and Health Canada on a...
Nano-sized MBBT considered Safe for use in Cosmetic Products by EU Scientific Committee
The European Commission’s Scientific Committee for Consumer Safety (SCCS) met for a plenary meeting on 25 March 2015. In this meeting, the Committee finalised an opinion on MBBT [2,2’-methylene-bis-(6(2H-benzotriazol-2-yl)-4(1,1,3,3 tetramethylbutyl)phenol)] used in cosmetic products. It concluded that this substance is safe for use in cosmetic...
EFSA Publishes Scientific Opinon on Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles for Food Contact Materials
Prompted by the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) conducted a safety assessment study on the use of zinc oxide nanoparticles (coated and uncoated) in food contact materials. In the Scientific Opinion on the Safety Evaluation of the Substance Zinc Oxide, Nanoparticles, uncoated and coated with [3-(...
SCENIHR Position Statement flags Nanomaterials in Medical Imaging and Drug Delivery and Graphene as Emerging Issues
The European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) published a Position Statement on emerging and newly identified health risks to be drawn to the attention of the European Commission; this document was adopted at the plenary of the scientific committee of 20 November 2014. With this document,...
NIA EXCLUSIVE Consultation - EC Calls for Information on Nanoscale Cosmetic Ingredients
NIA invites its Members to contribute to the Association's reply to the calls for information issued by the European Commission Directorate General for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROWTH) in the framework of the Regulation on Cosmetic Products 1223/2009. The EC has been calling for ‘any interested parties...
EC calls for Information on Three nano-scale Ingredients used in Cosmetics
In the framework of the Regulation on Cosmetic Products 1223/2009, the European Commission Directorate General for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROWTH) has published calls for information on the following nanomaterials used as ingredients in cosmetics: Colloidal silver (nano) Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer (Nano...
US EPA proposes Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for Nanoscale Materials
The Environment Protection Agency of the United States of America (US EPA) published a proposed rule for section 8 (a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). This proposal would introduce reporting and recordkeeping requirements for nanoscale materials as well as a 135-days pre-notification requirement for the manufacturers of ‘chemical...
Canadian Consultation opens on Approaches to Regulating Nanoscale Forms of Substances in the DSL
Environment Canada and Health Canada opened a consultation on a Proposed Approach to address Nanoscale Forms of Substances in the Domestic Substances List. Established under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA 1999), the DSL lists substances that are manufactured in or imported into Canada, substances that are not listed are considered...
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Consultation - Belgian Nanomaterials Registry - Deadline 19 March 2015
Published in the Belgian Official Journal in September 2014, the Royal Decree on the Market Placement of Manufactured Nanoparticle Substances - C-2014/24329 [in Dutch and French], will come into force in January 2016. So as to prepare the implementation of this reporting scheme, and as a follow-up from the discussions held at the 2014 NIA...
NIA EXCLUSIVE - 33% off Blood Analysis: Current Challenges and Micro/Nano Solutions
NIA Members can get a 33% discount on attending this event - contact the NIA Events Team for more details.   The Observatory for Micro and Nanotechnologies (OMNT) and the Curie Institute are organizing a one-day meeting on «Blood: current challenges and micro-nano solutions», in Paris, the 6th of July 2015 The main objective of this meeting is to...