The European Commission published a white paper about "Anticipation of regulatory needs for nanotechnology-enabled health products" Development of nanotechnology-based applications in health sector offer innovative therapeutic and diagnostic opportunities to address medical needs. At the moment, no specific regulatory framework exists for nano-enabled health products. The white paper, published by the European Commission, summarizes the major challenges associated with the regulation of the nano-enabled health products. Depending on their mode of action nano-enabled health...

The German Environment Agency invites representatives from science, industry, authorities and NGOs to Dessau to jointly discuss advanced materials, their potential applications and potential categories. Advanced materials are considered as heterogeneous group of new or modified materials with improved properties for intended applications. Based on their properties, the materials offer manifold applications for environmental and resource protection, energy and climate protection, mobility and health.At least for a certain part of these new materials it has to be expected that their...

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 Engineered nanomaterials can be released from nanoproducts during use and waste disposal and a fraction can end up in wastewater. The function of wastewater treatment plants is to purify polluted water which includes the removal of nanomaterials. However, they can potentially negatively affect the purification potential of wastewater treatment plants How do nanomaterials get into wastewater? What happens to nanomaterials in wastewater treatment plants and how are they separated? The new article about “Nanomaterials in the wastewater treatment plant” gives you an...

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 A study commissioned by the EU nanomaterials observatory (EUON) has found that the current EU regulatory framework for characterising and identifying “next generation” nanomaterials is able to address the majority of them and that no significant changes will be needed in the near future. BackgroundMember States voted to revise the REACH annexes to include specific information requirements for nanomaterials manufactured or imported on the EU market in quantities above one tonne. The new requirements apply from 1 January 2020 and will enable companies and authorities to...

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