News & Alerts

News & Alerts

Belgium updates Nanomaterial Register to start Registration of Mixtures in January 2018
On 15 January 2016, the Belgian Official Journal (Moniteur Belge) published a decree modifying the Royal Decree setting up the Belgian Nanomaterial Register. It modifies the provisions of the nanomaterial register as follows:
Consultation launched on revised EFSA nano guidance
The European Food Safety Authority has launched a public consultation on a draft EFSA guidance on the risk assessment of the application of nanoscience and nanotechnologies in the food and feed chain: Part 1, human and animal health. 
WHO publishes Guidelines on Protecting Workers from Potential Risks of Manufactured Nanomaterials
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recently published Guidelines on Protecting Workers from Potential Risks of Manufactured Nanomaterials (MNM). This document, intended for policy makers and occupational health and safety professionals contains recommendations on ‘how best to protect workers from the potential risks of MNMs’ but are ‘not...
US FDA publishes Draft Guidance for Industry on Drug Products, Including Biological Products, that Contain Nanomaterials
The United States Federal Drug Administration has published a draft Guidance on Drug Products, Including Biological Products, that Contain Nanomaterials on 18 December 2017
German EPA Report on the Environmental Fate of Nanomaterials for OECD Test Guidelines
The German Umweltbundesamt  (Environment Protection Agency), has released a document entitled Clarification of methodical questions regarding the investigation of nanomaterials in the environment.  This results presented in this publication were included in the OECD Test Guid
Sweden requires registration of nanomaterials
The Swedish Chemical Agency (KEMI) today published their rules requiring companies to register information about nanomaterials to the Swedish Products Register. The rules enter into force on 1 January 2018, and consequently, information will need to be provided to the Products Register by February 2019, for products on the Swedish market in 2018....
German EPA publishes Report on Nanomaterial Phys-Chem Properties and Aquatic Toxicity for Grouping
The German Umweltbudesamt (Environment Protection Agency) has published a report on Considerations about the relationship of nanomaterial’s physical-chemical properties and aquatic toxicity for the purpose of grouping. The publication presents an analysis of the physical-chemical properties of fourteen different subtypes of nanoscale silver, zinc...
NIA welcomes data monitoring service Chemycal as a new Member
NIA is delighted to welcome global chemicals data monitoring service Chemycal (chemycal.com) as a new Member.
NIA Comments on REACH Annexes submitted to EC
NIA has today submitted our position on the European Commission proposal for amending the REACH Annexes to address nanoform substances. 
NIA speaks in Chemistry World on recent OECD Test Guidelines
NIA's Director of Regulatory Affairs, Dr David Carlander, has been interviewed in the Chemistry World publication of the UK Royal Society of Chemistry, in its article 'New testing guidelines to standardise toxicity testing for nanomaterials' published on October 27, 2017. Dr Carlander as well as Dr Andrew Maynard, Professor professor at the school...
NIA will attend the next ECHA NMEG in November
NIA, as one of the accredited stakeholder to the ECHA Nanomaterials Expert Group (ECHA NMEG) will attend the 10th Meeting of this group in November. The meeting will be over 2 days with one additional day to discuss OECD technical guidance documents.  NIA Members are invited to visit the NIA Members Only Area to find more information about the...
NIA at ECHA Stakeholder meeting
As an Accredited Stakeholder to ECHA, NIA was pleased to take part in a day long Stakeholder meeting in Brussels, with the aim to engage with ECHA on the work that it undertakes, the methods that it uses and the impact of its communication. NIA was one of many industry stakeholders from sectors as diverse as lighting and waste water management and...
OECD publishes Test Guideline on Dispersion Stability of Nanomaterials and updates Two Other Test Guidelines for Nanomaterials
Test Guideline 318:  Dispersion Stability of Nanomaterials in Simulated Environmental Media has been released by the OECD. According to the international organisation it ‘provides a simple and effective tool that can analyse the dispersion stability of nanomaterials in aqueous media. It is one of the prerequisites for a subsequent robust and...
OECD releases Summary Dossier on Silver Nanoparticles
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has released a summary dossier of the Testing Programme of Manufactured Nanomaterials on Silver Nanoparticles. Launched by the OECD’s Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN) in 2007, the Testing Programme has collected information on 11 different nanomaterials. Dossiers...
Commission publishes proposal for REACH Annexes amendments
The European Commission has just published its proposal for amending the REACH Annexes to address nanoform substances. The proposal is in the form of a Commission Regulation to amend Annexes I, III, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI and XII. The Commission Regulation itself is only 3 Articles, and the main text changes for the REACH Annexes are provided in...
ECHA RAC decides classification and labelling for Titanium dioxide
Last week, ECHA Risk Assessment Committee, adopted by written procedure its previous draft for harmonised classification and labelling of Titanium Dioxide, which has previously not been included in Annex VI to the CLP Regulation
NIA introduces Canadian Members
NIA was delighted to host new Canadian Members CelluForce and the National Research Council of Canada in a welcome webinar.  The meeting kicked off with an insight into Canadian regulatory development, the potential benefits of the CETA trade agreement and research connections between the EU and Canada before both organisations give a full...
NIA Comments to Nature Nanotechnology REACT Now Article
Last week, the NIA was asked by Chemical Watch (CW article published behid paywall) to provide comments to the recent article by Danish researcher Steffen Foss Hansen ‘React now regarding nanomaterial regulation’ published in NATURE NANOTECHNOLOGY | VOL 12 | AUGUST 2017 | www.nature.com/naturenanotechnology. 
NIA and EUCAR launch partnership around materials development
NIA is pleased to announce the launch of a collaboration with EUCAR, the research association of the automotive OEMs in Europe.  The two associations represent advanced materials development across diverse sectors within automotive and beyond and the partnership is a valuable opportunity to share knowledge around materials and automotive applicatio