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SCCS Issues Final Opinion on Additional Coatings for Titanium Dioxide (Nano Form) as UV-Filter in Dermally Applied Cosmetic...

On March 7, 2017, the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) issued a final opinion on additional coatings for titanium dioxide (nano form) coated with cetyl phosphate, manganese dioxide, or triethoxycaprylylsilane as...more

NIOSH Will Hold Public Meeting and Seeks Comments on Draft CIB on the Occupational Exposure Banding Process: Guidance for the...

On March 15, 2017, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a Federal Register notice announcing the availability of a draft Current Intelligence Bulletin (CIB) entitled The NIOSH...more

NIOSH Extends Comment Period on Proposed Survey of Engineered Nanomaterial OSH Practices

On March 14, 2017, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) extended the comment period on the proposed information collection entitled “Survey of Engineered Nanomaterial Occupational Safety and...more

SCCS Seeks Comment on Opinion on Titanium Dioxide (Nano Form) as UV-Filter in Sprays

On March 10, 2017, the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) began a public consultation on its opinion on titanium dioxide (nanoform) as an ultraviolet (UV)-filter in sprays. In July 2015, the European Commission...more

NanoMONITOR Workshop Will Examine Supporting the Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials under REACH

NanoMONITOR’s first stakeholders’ day, April 4, 2017, will include a workshop on “Development of a real-time information and monitoring system to support the risk assessment of nanomaterials under REACH.” The overall aim of...more

European NanoSafety Cluster Publishes 2017 Research Regulatory Roadmap

On March 9, 2017, the NanoSafety Cluster published its 2017 Research Regulatory Roadmap. The purpose of the Roadmap is to identify both ongoing and complete activities associated with the development of regulations promoting...more

ECHA Board of Appeal Annuls Contested Decision Concerning Titanium Dioxide

On March 2, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced that its Board of Appeal issued its decision in Case A-011-2014, which concerns a Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)...more

ISO Publishes Standard on Vocabulary for Nano-Enabled Electrotechnical Products and Systems

In January 2017, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)/Technical Specification (TS) 80004-9:2017, “Nanotechnologies — Vocabulary — Part 9: ...more

Report Claims OECD Dossiers on Nanomaterials Are of “Little to No Value”

On February 23, 2017, the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) issued a press release announcing a new report, commissioned by CIEL, the European Environmental Citizens’ Organization for Standardization (ECOS),...more

Another Draft REACH Guidance Document on Nanomaterials Moves to CARACAL for Review

According to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) website, the draft Guidance on information requirements and Chemical Safety Assessment: Appendix R7-1 Recommendations for nanomaterials applicable to Chapter R7a Endpoint...more

TechConnect Conference Will Include Panel on Safety and Innovation as Partners for Success in Advanced Manufacturing

The TechConnect World Innovation Conference and Expo, which will be held May 14-17, 2017, in Washington, D.C., will include a panel discussion on May 16, 2017, on “Safety and Innovation as Partners for Success in Advanced...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, February 2017

TSCA/FIFRA/NTP - EPA Proposes Regulation Of TCE Use In Vapor Degreasing Under TSCA Section 6(a): On January 19, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed rule under Section 6(a) of the...more

NIOSH Seeks Comment on Proposed Survey of Engineered Nanomaterial OSH Practices

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a Federal Register notice on February 10, 2017, inviting comment on a proposed information collection plan, “Survey of Engineered Nanomaterial...more

Nanomaterials Inventory for Cosmetics Will Be Published “in the Next Weeks”

ClientEarth published a January 11, 2017, blog item entitled “Three-year wait for nanomaterial risk data promised ‘in the next weeks.’” Under the Cosmetics Directive, the European Commission (EC) was to publish by January...more

Draft REACH Guidance Documents on Nanomaterials Move to CARACAL for Review

According to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) website, several Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) guidance documents concerning nanomaterials have moved to the next step in the...more

IRSST Project Measures Nanoparticle Penetration into Protective Gloves

The Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) published a news item on January 16, 2017, entitled “Nanoparticles — to handle with care.” IRSST states that although research is still in...more

NIOSH Publishes Blog Item on Art and Science of OELs for Nanomaterials

On February 1, 2017, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) posted a blog item entitled “The Art and Science of OELs for Nanomaterials.” According to the item, NIOSH searched for proposals for...more

OECD Publishes Report on Alternative Testing Strategies in Risk Assessment of Manufactured Nanomaterials

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published a report entitled Alternative Testing Strategies in Risk Assessment of Manufactured Nanomaterials: Current State of Knowledge and Research Needs to...more

Nano-Portal on Safe Handling of Nanomaterials Available in English

The Nano-Portal: Safe Handling of Nanomaterials, the result of a project supported by the Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung (DGUV) and developed by the Innovation Society, is now available in English. The website is...more

New Article Discusses TSCA Reform Provisions Pertinent to Manufacturers and Processors of Nanoscale Materials

We are pleased to announced that Lynn L. Bergeson, Charles M. Auer, and Carla N. Hutton published an article, “Practitioner Insights: A Review and Analysis of TSCA Reform Provisions Pertinent to Manufacturers and Processors...more

KEMI Consulting on Draft Nano Register Regulation

The Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI) is in the process of consulting with stakeholders on a draft regulation that would require companies to provide information on nanomaterials in chemical products to the Swedish products...more

Committees Reviewing Draft Appendix on Recommendations for Nanomaterials Applicable to the Guidance on Registration

On January 13, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) sent the draft appendix on recommendations for nanomaterials applicable to the guidance on registration to the Forum, Member State Committee, and Risk Assessment...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - January 2017

False Ad Suit Survives When Consumers "Swept Into" Purchase - Why It Matters - A California Court of Appeal found that plaintiff consumers had raised triable issues of fact on whether they suffered damages in...more

NIOSH Accepting Input on How Best to Protect Workers, Including in Nanotechnology

John Howard, M.D., Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), authored a January 10, 2017, NIOSH blog item entitled “Occupational Health Issues in the USA.” Howard shares a recent...more

EPA Promulgates Final TSCA Reporting and Recordkeeping Rule for Nanoscale Materials

After over a decade of effort, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued on January 12, 2017, a final rule under Section 8(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) establishing reporting and recordkeeping...more

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