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WHO Publishes Guidelines on Protecting Workers from Potential Risks of Manufactured Nanomaterials

In December 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) published WHO Guidelines on Protecting Workers from Potential Risks of Manufactured Nanomaterials. WHO developed the Guidelines, which provide recommendations on how best...more

ISO Publishes Standard on Aquatic Toxicity Assessment of Manufactured Nanomaterials in Saltwater Lakes

In November 2017, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published standard ISO/TS 20787:2017, “Nanotechnologies — Aquatic toxicity assessment of manufactured nanomaterials in saltwater lakes using Artemia...more

INRS 2016/2017 Brochure Includes Studies in Progress Concerning Manufactured Nanomaterials

On November 23, 2017, the French National Research and Safety Institute for the Prevention of Occupational Accidents and Diseases (INRS) published a report summarizing studies and research completed in 2016 and in progress in...more

Sweden Announces Product Registration Requirement for Nanomaterials

On December 5, 2017, the Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI) announced that it has amended the information requirements for the products register to require notifiers to provide information on nanomaterials contained in chemical...more

UBA Report Summarizes Work to Develop New OECD Test Guideline on Dispersion Stability of Nanomaterials

In December 2017, Germany’s Federal Environment Agency (UBA) published a report entitled Clarification of methodical questions regarding the investigation of nanomaterials in the environment: Development of a decision...more

12/7/2017  /  Germany , Nanomaterials , Nanotechnology , OECD

RIVM Takes Critical Look at EUON

The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) published a brochure entitled “The European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials: A step forward?” on November 30, 2017. RIVM concludes that the...more

NNI Publishes Supplement to President’s 2018 Budget Request

On November 30, 2017, the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) published a supplement to the President’s 2018 budget. The supplement also serves as NNI’s annual report and summarizes the progress made in achieving NNI’s...more

NanoReg2 Begins Survey Concerning Knowledge of Risks from Nanomaterials and Concept of Safe-by-Design

On behalf of its project partner, the Institute of Occupational Medicine, NanoReg2 seeks information from organizations that manufacture, make, use, distribute, or dispose of nanomaterials. NanoReg2 states that, as part of...more

Germany Publishes Report on Relationship of Nanomaterial’s Physical-Chemical Properties and Aquatic Toxicity for the Purpose of...

Germany’s Federal Environment Agency (UBA) published a November 2017 report entitled Considerations about the relationship of nanomaterial’s physical-chemical properties and aquatic toxicity for the purpose of grouping. The...more

11/27/2017  /  Germany , Nanomaterials , Nanotechnology , OECD

EC Publishes Report on Ecosystem to Accelerate Uptake of Innovation in Materials Technology

In October 2017, the European Commission (EC) Directorate-General for Research and Innovation published a report entitled An ecosystem to accelerate the uptake of innovation in materials technology: Report by the High Level...more

EC Posts Comments Received on Draft Regulation to Amend REACH Annexes to Address Nanomaterials

As reported in our October 11, 2017, blog item, on October 9, 2017, the European Commission (EC) began a public consultation on a draft regulation that would amend Annexes I, III, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, and XII of the...more

ECHA Will Hold Webinar on Updated REACH Guidance for Nanomaterials

On November 30, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) will hold a webinar to explain the support documentation available for registrants that cover nanoforms in their Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and...more

11/20/2017  /  Chemicals , ECHA , EU , Nanomaterials , REACH

Presentations and Report Posted for Conference on Standardization for Nanotechnologies and Nanomaterials

In October 2017, the presentations and report for the June 20, 2017, Second European Conference on “Standardization for Nanotechnologies and Nanomaterials: Reliable data for an effective management of nanomaterials” were...more

NSF NSE Will Hold Grantees Conference on Progress in Nanotechnology

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Nanoscale Science and Engineering (NSE) grantees conference on progress in nanotechnology will be held December 12-13, 2017. The conference will highlight the research and education...more

Germany Holds Expert Dialogue on Nanotechnologies in the Automotive Sector

On September 26-27, 2017, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) held an Expert Dialogue regarding the opportunities and risks of the application of nanotechnologies...more

ECHA Seeks Case Studies to Feature at SETAC Europe

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) will have six sessions at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Europe, which will be held May 13-17, 2018, in Rome, Italy. ECHA’s sessions will include one on...more

11/13/2017  /  Chemicals , ECHA , EU , Nanomaterials

OECD Publishes Analysis of Survey on Consumer and Environmental Exposures to Manufactured Nanomaterials

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development published a November 7, 2017, report entitled Consumer and Environmental Exposure to Manufactured Nanomaterials — Information used to characterize exposures: Analysis...more

USDA Withdraws Proposed Rule on the Importation, Interstate Movement, and Environmental Release of Certain GE Organisms

On November 7, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) issued a notice in the Federal Register (82 Fed. Reg. 51582) stating that it was withdrawing its January 19,...more

11/8/2017  /  APHIS , Biotechnology , USDA

BfR Publishes Q&A Regarding Study on Fate and Effects of Tattoo Pigments in Human Skin

On October 12, 2017, the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) published questions and answers (Q&A) regarding a study on whether nanometric pigments from tattoo inks can permanently accumulate in lymph nodes. ...more

11/7/2017  /  Germany , Risk Assessment , Tattoos

UK Parliamentary Office Publishes Note on Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials

On October 5, 2017, the United Kingdom’s (UK) Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) published a POSTnote entitled “Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials.” According to POST, key points include...more

ISO Publishes Standard on Use and Application of Acellular In Vitro Tests and Methodologies to Assess Nanomaterial Biodurability

In October 2017, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published standard ISO/TR 19057:2017, “Nanotechnologies — Use and application of acellular in vitro tests and methodologies to assess nanomaterial...more

OECD Report Examines How to Determine Concentrations of Manufactured Nanomaterials in Workplace Air

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has posted an October 30, 2017, report entitled Strategies, Techniques and Sampling Protocols for Determining the Concentrations of Manufactured Nanomaterials...more

NIA Holds Webinar on Safe by Design for Nanomaterials

On October 24, 2017, the Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) held a webinar on Safe by Design for Nanomaterials. The webinar was open to all actors interested in nanomaterials and their safe management throughout...more

FDA, USDA, and EPA to Hold Public Sessions on Agricultural Biotechnology

On October 25, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in coordination with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s...more

10/26/2017  /  Biotechnology , EPA , FDA , Public Comment , USDA

European Trade Union Institute Publishes Policy Brief on EUON

The European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) recently published a policy brief entitled “EU Observatory for Nanomaterials: a constructive view on future regulation.” The policy brief provides information about the European...more

10/26/2017  /  ECHA , EU , Nanomaterials , REACH , Trade Unions
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