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News & Alerts

NIA Consultation on SCCS Nano TiO2 as UV-filter in Sprays Draft Opinion
On 7 March 2017, the Scientific Committee for Consumer Safety of the European Commission (SCCS) released a draft opinion on nano titanium dioxide (TiO2) used as a UV-filter in sprayable cosmetics. SCCS will receive comments on this opinion until 14 May 2017.
SCCS considers Three coated Nano TiO2 Safe for use as UV-filter in Cosmetics
On 7 March 2017, the Scientific Committee for Consumer Safety of the European Commission (SCCS) finalised its opinion on the safety of the nanoform of titanium dioxide (TiO2) used as UV-filter in dermally-applied cosmetics and coated with cetyl phosphate, manganese dioxide or triethoxycaprylylsilane.
ECHA consults CARACAL on Nanomaterial Draft Guidance for Human Health endpoints
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has provided a draft update of the Appendices to Chapters R.7a and R7.c of the Guidance on IR&CSA (Endpoint specific guidance) on “recommendations for nanomaterials” regarding human health endpoints  
US EPA proposes Significant New Use Rule for Carbon Nanotubes
Under the Toxic Substances Control Act, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) proposed a Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) with recordkeeping requirements for the substance defined as: 'bimodal mixture consisting of multi-walled carbon nanotubes and other classes of carbon nanotubes (generic)'
ECHA Board of Appeals rules in favour of Industry and annuls Decision requiring Information on nanoforms of TiO2
The Board of Appeal of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has released a Decision annulling a 2014 Decision requiring additional information on titanium dioxide (TiO2) substance identity as well as a list of phases, forms and surface treatments for sub-pigmentary (i.e. nano) forms. This decision was first contested in September 2014. The appeal...
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
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
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  
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.   
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.
NIA welcomes the Agreement on the Development of the European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials (EU-ON)
NIA welcomes the signature of a formal agreement on the development of this EU-ON, and supports ECHA in the building up of a platform presenting unbiased, science-based information that is respectful of confidential business information.
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).
New JRC Report Provides Overview of Nanomaterials in Food, Feed and Ag
The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission published a new paper this month, Nanomaterials for products and application in agriculture, feed and food, which evaluates how nanomaterials are currently used in agricultural production, animal feed, food processing, food additives and food contact materials. The report was conducted at the...
Nano TiO2 enters European List of UV Filters Allowed in Cosmetic Products
The European Commission amended the Regulation on Cosmetic Products (1223/2009) which sets safety and marketing rules for cosmetics in the European Union to add nano titanium dioxide to the list of authorised UV filters (Annex VI)
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
Report Finds No Food Safety Risk from Nanomaterials
Three prominent nanomaterials, silicion dioxide, titanium dioxide and nanosilver, pose no "significant health risk for food grade materials" while nanoclays and nanosilver do not 'migrate' when used in food packaging, according to new, peer-reviewed reports from Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), the government body responsible for food...
REACH Guidance Moritorium will not Apply to Nano Updates
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) issued a clarification yesterday that ongoing REACH guidance documents, several of which address nanomaterials, will not be halted under the upcoming two-year 'moratorium' that was recently announced. Under this moratorium, ECHA was expected to pause any further updates to REACH in order to allow companies time...
EFSA Updating Nano Guidance and Developing New Guidelines for Nano in Agriculture
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will review their 2011 Guidance Document for risk assessment of nanomaterials in food following the recent passage of updated Novel Food legislation by the European parliament that requires EFSA determine whether best practices are being used.
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