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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...
NIA outlines Industry Unease over Nano Reporting Schemes in Article
NIA's Director of Advocacy, David Carlander, recently explained that “the nanotechnology industry is opposed to the [reporting] schemes” as no clear benefits have been defined. The quotes were made in article entitled Europe mulls best way to handle nanotech, where the publication asked a number of commentators on their thoughts about nanomaterial...
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BIAC publishes 2014 Annual Report
BIAC has published its Annual Report for 2014. Entitled A Business Agenda for Open Markets, Investment, and Sustainable Growth, the report looks at BIAC’s work in a number of focus areas; one of these areas is concerned with its involvement in nanotechnology
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Consultation: EU SCENIHR Guidance on the Determination of Potential Health Effects of Nanomaterials used in Medical Devices - Deadline: 29 September 2014
NIA Members are invited to contribute to NIA's reply on the SCENIHR consultation on the Guidance on the Determination of Potential Health Effects of Nanomaterials used in Medical Devices
UN Experts to assess Applicability of GHS criteria for a Number of Nanomaterials
A report from a recently convened session of the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the GHS-CLP has indicated that ‘a small number of nanomaterials’ are to be evaluated for classification under the GHS system. The meeting was held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 2 to 4 July 2014
New Handbook for Notifiers about Australian NICNAS contains Information on Nanomaterials
Australia’s Department of Health has issued a handbook which ‘provide[s] basic information to notifiers about fulfilling NICNAS’s requirements. The handbook contains 12 chapters, although the section on reporting nanomaterials is Appendix H
NIA comments that National Nano Registers have been detrimental for Nanotechnology
At the recently held EC Validation Workshop on Nano Transparency Measures, NIA's Director General Dr Steffi Friedrichs commented that ‘none of the current registers has fully addressed the issue of nanomaterial safety’. Furthermore ‘they have actually been detrimental to nanotechnology, with customers asking for products not containing...
EC SCENIHR publishes preliminary Guidance on determining Health Effect of Nano in Medical Devices
EC SCENIHR has published a draft opinion, Guidance on the Determination of Potential Health Effects of Nanomaterials used in Medical Devices. The Committee concludes that ‘the potential risk is mainly associated with the possibility for release of free nanoparticles from the device and the duration of exposure’, and is ‘dependent on the method of...
EFSA Inventory of Nano Applications in Agriculture, Food and Feed described in Report
EFSA has published a report called Inventory of Nanotechnology applications in the agricultural, feed and food sector. The objective of the study was two-fold: ‘(i) [to prepare] an inventory of current and potential future applications of nanotechnology in the agri/feed/food sector; and (ii) to review the regulation of nanomaterials in the EU as...
EC Joint Research Centre publishes Characterisation and Preparation Info for Cerium Dioxide Representative Test Materials
The EC's JRC has today published a new Science and Policy Report, Cerium Dioxide, NM-211, NM-212, NM-213. Characterisation and test item preparation. The report ‘presents the physico-chemical characterisation of Representative Test Materials (RTMs) of manufactured nano cerium dioxide’, with the aim that they ‘may be used as representative material...
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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
New OECD Brochure illustrates how Work on using Manufactured Nanomaterials sustainably in Tyres contributes to Green Growth
The OECD has released a brochure entitled Green growth: chemical safety and biosafety. In it the organisation provides a case-study on ‘the sustainability of the use of manufactured nanomaterials in tyres’ that was carried out as part of the OECD’s Chemical Safety and Biosafety Programme
Canada endorses OECD Recommendations on Safety Assessment of Manufactured Nanomaterials
In the latest issue of Canada’s Chemicals Management Plan Progress Report, the country ‘has endorsed a recommendation from the OECD’ on the safety testing and assessment of manufactured nanomaterials. The report also reveals that ‘the Canada-US RCC Nanotechnology Initiative is now complete’
Nanotechnology Policy and Regulation Timeline published
Canada’s Institute for Science, Society and Policy has published Timeline: Nanotechnology – Policy and Regulation in Canada, Australia, the European Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The timeline ‘outlines important events related to nanotechnology policy and regulation…with an emphasis on developments since 2000’
US EPA issues SNURs for two Carbon Nanotube Substances; receives multiple Nano Pre-Manufacture Notices
The US EPA has today announced Significant New Use Rulings (SNUR) for 13 chemical substances, and revealed that from 23 May 2013 to 30 September 2013 it received 249 Pre-Manufacutre Notices (PMN). Two of the SNURs apply to carbon nanotube (CNT) substances, and ten of the PMNs received are for nanomaterials
OECD-ISO Joint Meeting Report highlights Need for Updates to OECD Test Guidelines
The OECD has released a new document, Report of the OECD Expert Meeting on the Physical Chemical Properties of Manufactured Nanomaterials and Test Guidelines. The meeting, which brought together members of the OECD WPMN and ISO TC/229, was attended by NIA. The report presents an overview of ‘the discussion and recommendations derived from the...
Swedish NGO publishes Report on Opportunities and Challenges of Nanotechnology
A Swedish NGO, the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC), has published a report entitled Managing the unseen – opportunities and challenges with nanotechnology. The report calls for Sweden to develop a ‘national strategy for dealing with the safety of nanomaterials’ as well as ‘a national inventory system’ for nano containing products