On June 1, 2016, the German Environment Agency (UBA) published a report entitled Nanomaterials in the environment:  Current state of knowledge and regulations on chemical safety.  The aim of the report is to outline the necessary further development of chemicals regulations for nanomaterials with regard to the environment from UBA’s perspective.

Read more: http://www.umweltbundesamt.de/publikationen/nanomaterials-in-the-environment


On May 31, 2016, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) began a public consultation on a harmonized classification and labeling (CLH) proposal submitted by France for titanium dioxide.  The proposed entry in Annex VI of the Classification, Labeling, and Packaging (CLP) Regulation is “Carc. 1B, H350i.”  The CLH report states:  “Based on available evidence and information in the registration dossier (e.g. mechanism of carcinogenicity, characterization of the particles), the proposed scope for the Annex VI entry is:  ‘Titanium dioxide in all phases and phase combinations; particles in all sizes/morphologies.’” 


ECHA will apply a two-year ‘moratorium' on updates to the majority of the Agency's guidance on REACH before the 31 May 2018 deadline. The moratorium on updates is set to begin on 31 May 2016.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is “developing a final rule related to” its April 6, 2015, proposal to require reporting and recordkeeping requirements under Section 8(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for certain chemical substances when they are manufactured or processed at the nanoscale.  

The new release date for the update of ECHA's Chemical Safety Assessment and Reporting tool, Chesar, is 21 June 2016. The webinar on Chesar 3 will be on the same day. Only Chesar users need to update their IUCLID 6, other users of the IUCLID system will not need to do so. More information will be available on the IUCLID 6 website.

Read more: http://echa.europa.eu/view-article/-/journal_content/title/new-version-of-chesar-available-in-june