OECD – WPMN approved New project – Moving towards a ‘Safer Innovation Approach’ for more sustainable NMs and nano-enabled products: Overview of existing risk assessment tools and frameworks, and their applicability in industrial innovations

OECD WPMN is pleased to inform that the project proposal “Moving towards a ‘Safer Innovation Approach’ for more sustainable NMs and nano-enabled products: Overview of existing risk assessment tools and frameworks, and their applicability in industrial innovations” was approved by written procedure on 12 April 2018. The new project is now part of the WPMN […]

EU US Roadmap Nanoinformatics 2030

The Nanoinformatics 2030 Roadmap is a compilation of state-of-the-art commentaries from multiple interconnecting scientific fields combined with issues involving nanomaterial (NM) risk assessment and governance. …… https://www.nanosafetycluster.eu/uploads/files/pdf/Interim%20Roadmap_Complete_published_V2.pdf

WHO Releases Safety Guidelines for Nanomaterials

In December, the World Health Organization (WHO) released the Guidelines on Protecting Workers from Potential Risks of Manufactured Nanomaterials, a comprehensive list of safety recommendations and best practices on nanomaterials for workplaces in small and medium sized business and low and middle-income countries…….. https://www.rdmag.com/article/2018/01/who-releases-safety-guidelines-nanomaterials

NIOSH Will Use Experience in Managing Engineered Nanomaterials to Address Advanced Manufacturing

Charles Geraci, PhD, CIH, FAIHA, Associate Director for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and Laura Hodson, MSPH, CIH, FAIHA, Coordinator of the NIOSH Nanotechnology Research Center, co-authored an article entitled “From ‘Just in Time’ to ‘Just Next Door’: 21st-century Manufacturing Challenges and Opportunities for Industrial Hygienists.” […]

ECHA strategy on substances in nanoforms

The possibility for using dossier and substance evaluation under the current legal text of REACH to verify safe use of nanomaterials on the EU market has become increasingly challenging and resource intensive, following recent rulings of the Board of Appeal. The lack of information on hazardous properties of nanomaterials hampers not only the identification of […]

Four manufacturers face Paris High Court legal complaint over undeclared nanoparticles.

French consumer group UFC-Que Choisir has filed a legal complaint to the High Court of Paris against Mars, Casino, McCormick and Jacobs Douwe Egberts due to the “significant proportion” of undeclared nanoparticles in their products…… https://www.foodnavigator.com/Article/2018/01/23/Four-manufacturers-face-Paris-High-Court-legal-complaint-over-undeclared-nanoparticles?utm_source=copyright&utm_medium=OnSite&utm_campaign=copyright

EC Committee Publishes Final Opinion on Titanium Dioxide (Nano Form) as UV-Filter in Sprays

The European Commission (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) published on January 24, 2018, its final opinion on titanium dioxide (nano form) as an ultraviolet (UV)-filter in sprays. See https://ec.europa.eu/health/sites/health/files/scientific_committees/consumer_safety/docs/sccs_o_206.pdf The EC asked SCCS to address the following questions: 1. In light of the data provided, does SCCS consider titanium dioxide (nano) safe when […]

Public consultation: guidance on nanomaterials

EFSA has opened a public consultation on its draft guidance for the risk assessment of nanoscience and nanotechnology applications in the food and feed chain. The guidance covers the relevant areas within EFSA’s remit, such as novel foods, food contact materials, food and feed additives, and pesticides…….. http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/press/news/180112?utm_source=EFSA+Newsletters&utm_campaign=ec5c9c5d03-HL_180112&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7ea646dd1d-ec5c9c5d03-63804765  

WHO guidelines on protecting workers from potential risks of manufactured nanomaterials

The term nanomaterials refers to materials that have at least one dimension (height, width or length) that is smaller than 100 nanometres (10−7 metre), which is about the size of a virus particle. This particular size dimension represents a major characteristic of manufactured nanomaterials (MNMs). The unique properties of MNMs may result in better paints, […]

EC Begins Consultation on Revising Recommendation on Definition of Nanomaterial

On September 15, 2017, the European Commission (EC) began a public consultation on the revision of the 2011 EC Recommendation on the definition of nanomaterial.  The EC intended the definition to achieve consistent application of the term nanomaterial across all legislation…….. https://www.natlawreview.com/article/ec-begins-consultation-revising-recommendation-definition-nanomaterial  

EPA Issues Direct Final SNURs for Carbon Nanotube (Generic) and Nanocarbon (Generic)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated on September 21, 2017, significant new use rules (SNUR) for 37 chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMN). Six of the chemical substances, including carbon nanotube (generic) and nanocarbon (generic), are subject to consent orders issued by EPA under Section 4 of the Toxic Substances […]

ISO Publishes Vocabulary Standard for Graphene and Related 2D Materials

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published standard ISO/TS 80004-13:2017, “Nanotechnologies — Vocabulary — Part 13:  Graphene and related two-dimensional (2D) materials.”  According to ISO, over the last decade, interest has arisen in graphene due to its “many exceptional properties.” …… http://nanotech.lawbc.com/2017/09/iso-publishes-vocabulary-standard-for-graphene-and-related-2d-materials/

Analysis of Recent Unqualified Sunscreen Products in China

CFDA is paying special attention to supervision and enforcement of sunscreen products. 15 sunscreen products were found unqualified, the major reason was that ingredients claimed on label did not correspond to the actual product. Unqualified Sunscreen Products 2017 No. Product Type Investigating Result 1 UV filter Cream Absence of Benzophenone-3, 3-(4’-Methylbenzylidene)-dl- camphor, 1-(4-Tert-butylphenyl)-3-(4-methoxyphenyl) propane-1,3-dione, 2-Ethylhexyl […]

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