Nanomaterials

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NIEHS-Funded Center Will Assess Safety of Engineered Nanomaterials

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is funding a new interdisciplinary Nanosafety Research Center at the T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). The main focus of the new HSPH-NIEHS...more

U.S. Army ERDC Conducting Survey to Inform Risk Management Tool for Developing Nano-Enabled Products and Nanomaterials

The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) is developing a web-enabled information and screening tool intended to help small businesses integrating or developing nanoscale materials address uncertainty...more

Review Published of Nanomaterials for Products and Application in Agriculture, Feed, and Food in the European Union

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) requested a review of the already marketed and in-development applications of nanomaterials in the agri/feed/food sectors. The results of the review are published in the August 2016...more

Canada Begins Consultation on Proposed Prioritization Approach for Nanoscale Forms of DSL Substances

On July 27, 2016, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and Health Canada (HC) began a consultation on a proposed prioritization approach for nanoscale forms of substances on the Domestic Substances List (DSL). Canada...more

Comments on 2011 Proposed SNURs Prompt Proposal Regarding Hierarchy of Controls

On July 28, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed changes to the existing regulations governing significant new uses of chemical substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to align these...more

Canadian Parliament Holds First Reading of Bill to Create Framework to Regulate Nanotechnology

On June 8, 2016, the House of Commons held its first reading of an Act to amend the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA) (nanotechnology) (C-287). The bill would add Part 6.1 to CEPA primarily to implement...more

Global Government Solutions® 2016 Mid-Year Outlook

This newest edition of the Global Government Solutions® series highlights increased government involvement in global commerce and provides the latest regulatory information corporate leaders need to navigate the intersection...more

EC Amends Cosmetics Regulation to Allow Use of Titanium Dioxide (Nano) as UV Filter

The European Commission (EC) published on July 14, 2016, a regulation in the Official Journal of the European Union that amends Annex VI, the list of ultraviolet (UV) filters allowed in cosmetic products, of the cosmetics...more

OECD Publishes Dossier Summaries for CNTs, Fullerenes, and Silicon Dioxide

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently published several dossier summaries for nanomaterials tested as part of its Testing Program of Manufactured Nanomaterials....more

EC Denies 2014 Petition Seeking EU-Wide Ban on Nanoparticles

On June 29, 2016, the European Commission (EC) provided a notice to the European Parliament regarding its response to a 2014 petition calling for a European Union (EU)-wide ban on microplastics and nanoparticles. The...more

Swedish Proposal for New Regulation on Nanomaterials in Chemical Products

The Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI) is currently developing a proposal for new legislation on notification requirements for nanomaterials in chemical products, with a consultation scheduled for late 2016. Swedish companies...more

Nanomaterial Safety Regulations in EU’s Future?

Germany’s Ministry of Environment has taken the initiative to develop safety measure recommendations for nanomaterials. It is urging the European Commission to adopt the recommendations as a way to identify and assess risks...more

NIOSH Publishes PPOP on Nanotechnology Research Center

On June 15, 2016, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) posted a number of Program Performance One-Pagers (PPOP), including a May 2016 PPOP on the NIOSH Nanotechnology Research Center (NTRC)....more

nanoIndEx Publishes Guidance Document on Assessment of Personal Exposure to Airborne Nanomaterials

In June 2016, the “Assessment of Individual Exposure to manufactured nanomaterials by means of personal monitors and samples” (nanoIndEx) project published a guidance document entitled Assessment of Personal Exposure to...more

FSANZ Publishes Reports on the Use of Nanotechnology in Food Additives and Packaging

In June 2016, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) announced the availability of two reports on the potential use of nanotechnologies in existing food additives and food packaging. FSANZ retained an expert...more

Presentations Available from International Symposium on Asbestos-Like Fibers from Nanomaterials and Other Advanced Materials

On June 14, 2016, Germany’s Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) posted the presentations from the April 20, 2016, symposium, “WHO fibres from nanomaterials and other advanced materials: Do we have to...more

ECHA Consults PEGs on Nanomaterial Guidance Documents

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) recently submitted several draft guidance documents concerning nanomaterials to Partner Expert Groups (PEG) for consultation. Following consultation with PEGs, ECHA will consult its...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - June 2016

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. FDA draft guidance aims to cut sodium in US diet. On June 1, the FDA...more

UK Nanosafety Group Publishes Updated Guidance to Support Safe Working with Nanomaterials

In May 2016, the UK Nanosafety Group (UKNSG) published a second edition of its guidance document, Working Safely with Nanomaterials in Research & Development. The second edition of the guidance provides updates to account...more

Mexico Begins Public Consultation on Draft Nanotechnology Standards

On May 3, 3016, Mexico’s Ministry of Economy published a notice beginning a public consultation on two draft nanotechnology standards. Proposed standard PROY-NMX-R-80004-5-SCFI-2015 is identical to ISO/TS 80004-5:2011,...more

Germany Publishes Report on Nanomaterials in the Environment

On June 1, 2016, the German Environment Agency (UBA) published a report entitled Nanomaterials in the environment: Current state of knowledge and regulations on chemical safety. The aim of the report is to outline the...more

Swiss Researchers Develop Model to Assess How Nanoparticles “Flow Through the Environment”

The Swiss National Science Foundation issued a May 12, 2016, press release announcing that researchers from the National Research Program “Opportunities and Risks of Nanomaterials” have developed a new model to track the flow...more

EPA Intends to Promulgate Final Nanoscale Materials Rule in October 2016

According to an item in the Spring 2016 Regulatory Agenda, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is “developing a final rule related to” its April 6, 2015, proposal to require reporting and recordkeeping requirements...more

Australia Addresses Nanomaterials in Third NICNAS Reforms Consultation Paper

On April 29, 2016, Australia’s National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) published the third consultation paper on its reform initiative. Under the reforms, the requirements to establish that...more

NNCO Accepting Registrations for SME and NanoEHS Webinars

On May 11, 2016, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) will hold a webinar for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) that will focus on the experiences, successes, and challenges for SMEs working in...more

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