The governance of emerging nano-risk in the semiconductor industry

An increasing number of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) are entering the market in everyday products, from healthcare and leisure to electronics, cosmetics, energy, agriculture, food and transport. Whilst for bulk chemicals, there are established regulatory frameworks dealing with the risk for the consumers, workers and the environment, this is not the case for nanomaterials. This situation […]

REACH Registration of Graphene and Graphene Oxide

The GRAPHENE REACH REGISTRATION CONSORTIUM, consisting of the members Applied Graphene Materials UK Ltd., NanoXplore Inc. and The Sixth Element (Changzhou) Material Technology Co. Ltd., is proud to announce that Joint Registration Dossiers for Graphene and Graphene Oxide have been submitted to ECHA prior to the May 31st, 2018 REACH Deadline……. https://www.appliedgraphenematerials.com/files/2915/3242/6666/Press_release_GRAPHENE_Consortium_2018-07-10.pdf

NIOSH Draft CIB on Occupational Risk Assessment Discusses Emerging Practices, Including Nanomaterials Risk Assessment

On July 26, 2018, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced the availability of a draft Current Intelligence Bulletin:  NIOSH Practices in Occupational Risk Assessment.  The draft Current Intelligence Bulletin (CIB) describes the underlying science and general approach used by NIOSH researchers when conducting high quality, scientifically sound assessments of the health risk associated with […]

EU member states agree nanomaterial changes to REACH annexes

REACH Registration final deadline: 21 551 chemicals on EU market registered by 31 May 2018 On 31 May 2018 the 10-year period for registering existing chemicals under EU’s Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) has finished. 13 620 European companies have submitted information to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) on 21 […]

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 […]

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