The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published its second report  on the implementation of REACH and Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) regulations since their initial introduction in 2005. These reports are issued every five years, with the first one published in 2011. The reports provide a picture of the impact, success and remaining challenges of implementing the European chemicals legislation. They also makes commitments and gives recommendations to the European Commission, Member States and industry.

On June 15, 2016, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) posted a number of Program Performance One-Pagers (PPOP) stating that the NTRC focuses on increasing understanding of hazards and related health risks to workers who make and use nanomaterials and preventing occupational exposures to nanomaterials.  The PPOP includes the following future NIOSH actions:

On June. 2016, Germany’s Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) posted the presentations from the April 20, 2016, symposium, “WHO fibres from nanomaterials and other advanced materials:  Do we have to tackle a new asbestos problem in OSH?

In May 2016, the UK Nanosafety Group (UKNSG) published a second edition of its guidance document, Working Safely with Nanomaterials in Research & Development.  The second edition of the guidance provides updates on changes in legislation, recent studies in the literature, and best practice since 2012.

 

New peer-reviewed reports from Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) finding that nanomaterials are safe for food grade materials and food packaging. The reports were commissioned by FSANZ and prepared by Australian consulting firm ToxConsult Pty Ltd. who reviewed publicly available scientific literature to assess the evidence of health risks associated with oral ingestion of titanium dioxide (TiO2), silicon dioxide (SiO2), and silver (Ag) in food.