EU observatory for nanomaterials now online

ECHA launches European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials website; provides information on nanomaterials on the EU market for consumers, workers, regulators, and scientists

ECHA: Guidance on REACH registration of nanomaterials

European Chemicals Agency publishes and updates several guidance documents for REACH registration of nanomaterials

JRC publishes NANoREG project report

EU Commission’s Joint Research Centre releases report on the NANoREG framework focusing on a common approach to the safety assessment of nanomaterials

Sweet potato and thyme used for bio-packaging film

U.S. scientists develop nanocomposite film from sweet potato starch, thyme essential oil, and nanoclay; potential applications include packaging of fresh fruits and vegetables

Opinion: Industry should replace titanium dioxide

French food safety agency issues opinion on TiO2 nanoparticles as food additive; recommends further research and limiting exposure of workers, consumers, and environment

Public consultation on Swedish nano-registry

Swedish Chemicals Agency held public consultation on proposed register for nanomaterials; nano-industry association advises against Swedish registry and promotes ECHA nano-observatory

Classification of nanomaterials

JRC and partners of EU project NanoDefine develop strategy for identifying nanomaterials based on particles’ volume specific surface area (VSSA)

Regulation of nanomaterials in the EU

JRC study reviews EU legislation on nanomaterials; summarizes different sectors with nano-specific provisions, such as plastic FCM regulation; more research needed to address regulatory questions

Taiwan: Guidelines on nanomaterials in food packaging

Taiwanese Food and Drug Administration issues new guidelines for use of nanomaterials in food packaging; safety assessment and pre-market approval required

French documentary on nanoparticles in food

Documentary by France 5 highlights use of food additives and what they are made of; special focus on nanoparticles