Horizon 2020 Draft Work Programme for 2016-2017 has been released by the European Commission.

The final editions are expected to be released on in mid-October, however, advance drafts allow stakeholders to begin identifying potential areas of interest. Final application are expected to be due in December 2015-January 2016.


The European Commission has formally requested an evaluation of titanium dioxide from their Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS).The SCCS had previously assessed titanium dioxide in 2013 and determined that at a concentration up to 25%, it posed no risk to people when used as a UV-filter, however, considered it unsuitable for use in spray products.


Nano to go! is a practically oriented guidance on safe handling of nanomaterials and other innovative materials at the workplace. It was developed within the EU FP7 project NanoValid by the German Federal Institute for Occupational health (BAuA). Nano to go! contains a brochure, field studies, presentations and general documents to comprehensively support risk assessment and risk management.


Belgium's Federal Public Service (FPS) for Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment issued guidance for companies preparing to register nanomaterials used in the country.


The National Institute for Health and Environment in the Netherlands has developed a new tool to help companies and researchers evaluate exposure by simulating how nanomaterials will act when used as part of an aerosol spray.