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NanoEHS Webinar Will Address How NNCI Nodes Support Environmental Research

The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) will hold a webinar on July 27, 2017, entitled “The National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) Nodes and Environmental Research: Examples from the Field.” The...more

EPA’s Regulatory Agenda Includes TSCA Section 8(a) Nanomaterials Rule with TBD Effective Date

On July 20, 2017, the Trump Administration published its Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. The Agenda includes a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) item (RIN 2070-AJ54) concerning the Toxic...more

Journal of Nanobiotechnology Publishes Special Issue on Swiss National Research Program on the “Opportunities and Risks of...

The Journal of Nanobiotechnology published a special issue on the outcome of Switzerland’s five-year National Research Program on the “Opportunities and Risks of Nanomaterials” (NRP 64). The editorial states that the...more

EPA Issues Draft OCSPP National Program Manager Guidance

In June 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a draft Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) National Program Manager Guidance for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-2019, which sets forth the...more

Canada Intends to Publish Nanoscale Prioritization Results in 2018

According to the July 7, 2017, issue of the Chemicals Management Plan Progress Report, Health Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada are in the process of prioritizing nanoscale forms of substances on the Domestic...more

IARC Will Convene Advisory Group in 2018/2019 to Consider Nominations

To assist the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in selecting agents for review in future Monographs, IARC regularly convenes international, interdisciplinary Advisory Groups to review all public nominations...more

7/7/2017  /  Cancer , Medical Research

ECHA Announces Two Decisions on Appeals Related to Nanomaterials

On June 30, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Board of Appeal published two decisions related to nanomaterials. In the July 5, 2017, issue of ECHA Weekly, ECHA states that the Board of Appeal “largely upheld the...more

7/6/2017  /  Appeals , Chemicals , ECHA , EU , Nanomaterials

CEINT Seeks Comments on Proposed ISA-TAB-Nano Templates

The Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT) seeks comments on the NANoREG-proposed ISA-TAB-nano templates. According to CEINT, the ISA-TAB-nano file sharing format, developed under the National...more

7/5/2017  /  Comment Period , Nanotechnology

NAS Releases Final Report on Preparing for Future Products of Biotechnology

On June 30, 3017, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) released its final version of its report Preparing for Future Products of Biotechnology, which it states “analyzes the future landscape of...more

NanoDefine Will Hold Workshop on Measurement and Classification of Nanomaterials According to the EC Definition

On October 24, 2017, NanoDefine will hold a one-day workshop in Frankfurt/Main, Germany. The main purpose of the workshop is to provide a practical demonstration of newly developed measurement techniques to end-users who...more

Germany Publishes Meeting Report from Expert Dialogue on Application of Nanotechnologies in the Construction Sector

On June 1, 2017, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety published meeting documents from the Expert Dialogue on “Opportunities and Risks of the Application of...more

ISO Standard Describes Aerosol Generation for Air Exposure Studies of Nano-Objects and Their Aggregates and Agglomerates

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) recently published standard ISO/TR 19601:2017, “Nanotechnologies — Aerosol generation for air exposure studies of nano-objects and their aggregates and agglomerates...more

WHO Seeks Comment on Draft Document Concerning Assessing the Risk of Immunotoxicity Associated with Exposure to Nanomaterials

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Program on Chemical Safety (IPCS) published a draft Environmental Health Criteria (EHC) Document, Principles and Methods to Assess the Risk of Immunotoxicity Associated with...more

EC Publishes Catalog of Nanomaterials Used in Cosmetic Products Placed on the EU Market

On June 15, 2017, the European Commission (EC) published a catalog of nanomaterials used in cosmetic products on the European Union (EU) market. Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009 on cosmetic products requires the EC to publish a...more

ECHA Launches EU Observatory for Nanomaterials

On June 14, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced the launch of the European Union (EU) Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON). ECHA states that EUON “offers a unique web-based information point with factual and...more

Sweden to Require Information on Nanomaterials in Product Register Notifications

On June 7, 2017, Sweden notified the European Commission (EC) that it intends to amend the information requirements concerning the Swedish Chemicals Agency’s (KEMI) product register to require notifiers to provide information...more

ECHA Committee Concludes Titanium Dioxide Should Be Classified as Suspected of Causing Cancer When Inhaled

On June 9, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced that the Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) “concluded that the available scientific evidence meets the criteria in the [Classification, Labeling and Packaging...more

6/13/2017  /  Chemicals , ECHA , EU , Nanomaterials

Australian Consultation Paper Addresses Regulatory Treatment of Unlisted Chemicals Introduced at the Nanoscale

The Industrial Chemicals Bill 2017 describes the legislative framework for a reformed, risk-based regulatory scheme for Australia to continue to regulate the introduction of industrial chemicals. The Australian government has...more

ISO Publishes Standard Providing Plain Language Explanation of Selected Terms from ISO/IEC 80004 Series

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published standard ISO/TR 18401:2017, “Nanotechnologies — Plain language explanation of selected terms from the ISO/IEC 80004 series.” The standard is intended to...more

KAN Reviews Nanotechnology Standardization Documents from OSH Perspective

Germany’s Commission for Occupational Health and Safety (KAN) released in May 2017 a report entitled Standardization in nanotechnology — Status review and requirements analysis from the occupational safety and health...more

ISO Publishes Procedure for Detecting Reactive Oxygen Species Generated by Metal Oxide Nanomaterials

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) recently announced publication of standard ISO/TS 18827:2017, “Nanotechnologies — Electron spin resonance (ESR) as a method for measuring reactive oxygen species (ROS)...more

France Publishes English Summary of Study on Development of Nanomaterials by 2030

On April 26, 2017, France’s National Research and Safety Institute (INRS) published a press release announcing the availability of an English summary of a foresight study conducted in 2014 on the development of nanomaterials...more

5/31/2017  /  France , Manufacturers , Nanomaterials

Germany Publishes Final Report from Project on Methodology for Identifying Granular Biopersistent Particles at Workplaces

Germany’s Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) has published the final report for the project “Methodology for the Identification of Granular Biopersistent Particles (GBP) at Workplaces.” The final...more

5/26/2017  /  Germany , Nanomaterials

ECHA Publishes REACH Guidance for Nanomaterials

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced on May 24, 2017, publication of five documents that it intends to help registrants preparing dossiers that cover nanoforms ahead of the 2018 registration deadline under the...more

5/25/2017  /  Chemicals , ECHA , EU , Nanomaterials , REACH

Researchers Complete First EPA-Sanctioned GE Algae Field Trial

Researchers at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and Sapphire Energy completed the first EPA-sanctioned outdoor field trial for GE algae, which was focused on understanding how GE algae perform in outdoor...more

5/25/2017  /  EPA , Genetic Materials
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