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EWG Begins Certification Program for Consumer Products

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) announced on October 27, 2015, EWG VERIFIED™, a verification program intended “to give consumers peace of mind at point of sale as they try to avoid toxic and potentially harmful...more

OECD Working Party on Resource Productivity and Waste Posts Documents Concerning Nanomaterials

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently posted four reflection papers that discuss the possible release of nanomaterials from waste treatment operations and a literature review on four...more

EC Scientific Committee Releases Opinion on Hydroxyapatite (Nano) for Comment

The European Commission (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) has posted for comment its opinion on hydroxyapatite (nano). According to the opinion, the EC received 35 notifications of cosmetic products...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, November 2015

EPA Extends Public Comment Period On Three Flame Retardant Clusters: On August 13, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released for public comment three Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Work Plan...more

EP and Council of the EU Reach Agreement on Proposed Novel Food Regulation

On November 11, 2015, the Council of the European Union (EU) announced that its Permanent Representatives Committee approved the proposed novel food regulation. On November 16, 2015, the European Parliament (EP) and the...more

Denmark Posts Several Publications Concerning Nanomaterials

On November 10, 2015, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency posted the following publications concerning nanomaterials: - Environmental assessment of nanomaterial use in Denmark: This is the concluding report of the...more

OECD Tour de Table Documents Cover Developments in 2014 and 2015

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has posted two Tour de Table documents. The documents, dated October 26, 2015, cover activities from January to July 2014 and before September 2015...more

JRC Publishes Part Three of Its Review of EC’s Recommendation for a Definition of the Term Nanomaterial

The Joint Research Center (JRC) published on October 19, 2015, a report entitled Towards a review of the EC Recommendation for a definition of the term “nanomaterial”: Part 3: Scientific-technical evaluation of options to...more

European Parliament Approves Novel Foods Proposal

On October 28, 2015, the European Parliament (EP) approved proposed rules that would subject novel foods to a safety evaluation and authorization at the European Union (EU) level. According to the EP’s October 28, 2015,...more

NanoValid Publishes “Nano to go!”

In September 2015, “Nano to go!” was published. “Nano to go!” is “a practically oriented guidance on safe handling of nanomaterials and other innovative materials at the workplace.” The German Federal Institute for...more

OECD Publishes 2013 Developments on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently posted a new document in its Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials, Developments on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials: 2013. The...more

OECD Posts Preliminary Guidance Notes on Nanomaterials Concerning Interspecies Variability Factors in Human Health Risk Assessment

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) posted a new publication in its Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials, Preliminary Guidance Notes on Nanomaterials: Interspecies Variability...more

EC Scientific Committee Will Consider Safety of Nano Titanium Dioxide in Sunscreens and Personal Care Spray Products

On September 14, 2015, the European Commission (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) posted a request from the EC for a scientific opinion on titanium dioxide (nano) as a UV-filter in sunscreens and personal...more

EC Invites Scientists to Apply for Membership in SCCS and SCHEER

The European Commission (EC) invites scientists to apply for membership in its non-food scientific committees, the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) and Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging...more

Belgium’s Nanomaterials Register Now Available

This week, Belgium’s Federal Public Service for Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment created an online portal for companies to register nanomaterials they put on the market. Nanosubstances must be registered before...more

Companies Appeal ECHA’s Decision on Silicon Dioxide

On August 19, 2015, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced appeals of its March 11, 2015, decision on substance evaluation for silicon dioxide. Case A-015-2015 was filed by Evonik Degussa GmbH and 34 others, while...more

UK Report Assesses Workplace Exposure and Control Measures During the Manufacture and Handling of Engineered Nanomaterials

The United Kingdom’s Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prepared a report entitled Summary of work undertaken to assess workplace exposure and control measures during the manufacture...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, August 2015

EPA Issues Direct Final Rule On Significant New Use Notification Electronic Reporting: On July 20, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a direct final rule amending the Toxic Substances Control Act...more

EPA Will Continue Review of Engineered Nanomaterials in Wastewater

On August 4, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of its Final 2014 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan. The Final Program Plan includes the following findings from EPA’s review of...more

Companies Appeal ECHA’s Requests for Information Concerning Nanoforms

The cases all concern silicic acid, aluminum sodium salt. The contested decisions were adopted December 17, 2014, following a compliance check under the dossier evaluation procedure of the submitted registration. In each...more

Canada Begins Mandatory Survey with Respect to Certain Nanomaterials in Canadian Commerce

The July 25, 2015, Canada Gazette includes a notice announcing that the Minister of the Environment requires, for the purpose of assessing whether the substances described in the notice are toxic or are capable of becoming...more

EC JRC Publishes Options for the Review of the EC Nanomaterial Definition

The European Commission (EC) Joint Research Center (JRC) announced on July 10, 2015, the publication of its third report in its review of the EC recommendation on the definition of a nanomaterial. The report is the last in a...more

OECD Issues New Publications in Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has issued the following publications in its Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials...more

Industry’s Response to EPA Proposed Nano Rule

EPA held a public meeting on June 11, 2015 on EPA’s Proposed Rule imposing one-time electronic reporting and recordkeeping requirements on manufacturers and processors of certain nanoscale materials under Section 8(a) of the...more

ECHA Asks Registrants to Consider New OECD Data on Nanomaterials

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) issued a June 9, 2015, press release reminding registrants to consider the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) dissemination of hazard information on the...more

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