ECHA
On Nov 30th 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) held a webinar titled “Updated REACH Guidance for nanomaterials - what you need to know” to explain support documentation available for registrants that cover nanoforms in their Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) register dossier.  The main focus of the webinar was on the registration and read-across of nanoforms, but the webinar also covered updates for information requirements for human health and the environment. ECHA has posted the following presentations from the...

WHO document Dec 2017
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recently published an international guideline to protect workers against potential occupational health risks from manufactured nanomaterials. The guideline, which is addressed to governments and experts in the more than 180 member states of the WHO, contains recommendations for the assessment of risks and suitable occupational safety measures when handling manufactured nanomaterials. Expert guidance from the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) was included in the guideline. With the publication of the guideline"WHO...

UBA report 01/2018
Beginning of January 2018, the German Environment Agency (UBA) has published a report summarising the contents and outcomes of the October 2017 scientific stakeholder meeting on nanomaterials in the environment. The meeting focused on the regulatory relevant results of German and European research projects on nanomaterials in the environment. By this, it provided a forum for participants to present the state of the knowledge on environmental nanosafety in a regulatory context as well as to discuss the scientific results and their regulatory relevance between affected...

UBA report Dec 2017
Beginning of December 2017, the German Federal Environmental Agency (UBA) published a report entitled “Clarification of methodical questions regarding the investigation of nanomaterials in the environment: Development of a decision support tool for the investigation of nanomaterial’s environmental behaviour based on dispersion behaviour and dissolution in relation to various environmental parameters”. The final report describes the considerations, experimental approaches, and obtained results that build the basis for the new OECD Test Guideline. The report also contains a literature review...

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