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EC JRC publishes second in Series of Reports looking toward the Review of the Recommended Definition
The European Commission’s (EC) Joint Research Centre (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...
ECHA outlines its 2015 Work Programme
The European Chemicals Agency (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...
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 Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN) that discussed the categorisation of manufactured nanomaterials. She called the meeting "very tough and very productive". The meeting was hosted by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington DC. 140...
US NIST develops World’s Smallest Reference Material
The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently issued ‘the smallest known reference material ever created’, Reference Material (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 European Commission’s (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (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. The request from...
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. Entitled OECD Survey Finds Nanomaterial Regulation Doesn’t Hinder Innovation, Economic Growth, the article juxtaposes the view of the recently released...
US EPA requests Public Comments on Nanomaterial Wastewater Discharge
The US Environmental Protection Agency (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...
Five new Nano PMNs received by US EPA
The US Environmental Protection Agency (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. All of the nanomaterials were single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs). One of these was for use in the manufacture of silicon chips by a...
EC SCCS to discuss numerous Nano Issues at next Plenary
The European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (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, Titanium [Dioxide] and Zinc...
Danish EPA issues Guideline for Reporting to its Nano Inventory
The Danish Environmental Protection Agency (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. The guideline is split into four chapters: ‘Do I have to report my product? Which products must be...
Article examines Challenges of the Nano-(Q)SAR Approach
NIA Member the National Physical Laboratory (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’. The authors identified ‘three major...
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’. The chapter penned by the NIA Member is entitled ‘The Regulatory Implications of...
EC publishes Feedback to its Consultation on Nano Transparency Measures
The European Commission (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 the Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA). As part of the EC’s second regulatory review on nanomaterials, the Commission...
OECD publishes Results of Questionnaire on 2010-2011 Regulatory Regimes for Manufactured Nanomaterials
The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (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 Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (...
US EPA New Use Rulings on several Nanomaterials come into Effect in November 2014
The US Environmental Protection Agency (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. The SNURs will ‘require persons who intend to manufacture or process any of these 36 chemical substances for an...
Study evaluates Concepts for the Grouping of Nanomaterials
The European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals (ECETOC) recently reviewed the ‘available concepts for the grouping of nanomaterials for human health risk assessment’. Their findings were published in an open-access journal, under the title A critical appraisal of existing concepts for the grouping of nanomaterials. They found...
NANoREG publishes second Newsletter
The EC seventh Framework Programme (FP7) project NANoREG (full name: A common European Approach to the Regulatory Testing of Nanomaterials) has published its second newsletter. NIA is a member of this project. One of the key developments has been the establishing of ‘a comprehensive living document to harmonize the exposure and documentation...
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Briefing: Export Control and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies: the Case of Nanotechnologies
The broad range of applications of nanotechnologies includes both offensive and defensive military applications, some of which have been defined as being ‘dual-use’ in international agreements. Dual-use items and dual-use technologies are defined by the term ‘dual’, meaning that applications of these items and technologies are for both military...