Web resource for nanotechnology in Switzerland

Pilot website with nanomaterials-related information launched in Switzerland

EU nano-observatory databases

ECHA adds 2 searchable databases to European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials; resources contain information on nano-science and -technology, toxicological properties

France may ban titanium dioxide nanoparticles in food

French government proposes general ban on titanium dioxide nanoparticles in food products starting 2020

First annual report of Belgian nano-register

Belgium publishes 2016 annual report of national register for nanomaterials; 150 different substances registered, most of them for industrial uses

Nano amendments to REACH adopted

EU Member States adopt nano-amendments to REACH Annexes; new requirements for identifying and characterizing nanoforms, providing data for nanomaterials registered under REACH

Nanoparticles may affect gut function

New study finds zinc nanoparticles used in food can coatings to negatively affect intestinal functions such as nutrient absorption, iron and glucose transport

Sweden: New website on safety of nanomaterials

Swedish platform on nanomaterial safety publishes new website with information on safety aspects of nanomaterials

Toolbox for nanomaterial safety assessment

JRC develops inventory of tools for assessing nanomaterial safety; toolbox freely accessible on JRC’s website

EFSA Nano Network report 2017

EFSA’s Network for Risk Assessment of Nanotechnologies in Food and Feed contributes to draft nano-guidance; annual report now available online

Opinion: EFSA’s draft nano-guidance too broad

Nanotechnology Industries Association comments on EFSA’s draft guidance on risk assessment of nanomaterials, deems scope too general and requirements too conservative