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; UPDATE: original article retracted due to calculation mistake; corrected article published in December 2018

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Nanotechnology Industries Association comments on EFSA’s draft guidance on risk assessment of nanomaterials, deems scope too general and requirements too conservative

Belgium: Registration of nano-mixtures

Belgian nano-register requires reporting of mixtures containing nanomaterials as of January 1, 2018; food contact materials exempted from registry

EU nanoinformatics roadmap published

EU program NanoSafety Cluster releases draft roadmap on nanoinformatics, addresses future research, risk assessment, governance