News & Alerts

News & Alerts

NANoREG publishes second Newsletter
The EC seventh Framework Programme (FP7) project NANoREG (full name: A common European Approach to the Regulatory Testing of Nanomaterials) has published its second newsletter. NIA is a member of this project.
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Briefing: Export Control and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies: the Case of Nanotechnologies
NIA has written an exclusive Members briefing on how nanotechnologies in dual-use goods and technologies are governed both internationally and by relevant US and EU regulations
Minutes from EC JRC Workshop on Nanotechnology for the Agricultural Sector now Available
In November 2013 the EC JRC hosted an internal workshop on ‘Nanotechnology for the agricultural sector: from research to the field’. A JRC Science and Policy report has now been published summarising the day’s discussions
Article describes Difficulties in characterising Nanomaterials in Food and Food Contact Materials
A recently published article that draws upon the work of the NanoRelease project has highlighted the complexity of measuring nanomaterials in foods. The authors state that, ‘due to the complexity and wide chemical and physical disparity of nanomaterials at different points in time from processing to ingestion, it is likely that no single method...
Brazil’s ANVISA establishes Nanotechnology Committee for Health Surveillance
Brazil’s Health Surveillance Agency, ANVISA, has been ordered to set up an internal committee on nanotechnology (CIN) to coordinate institutional actions in areas deemed to be national priorities. The committee has a year to find relevant members and complete numerous actions, including setting up a database on manufactured nanomaterials
NANORA invites Nano Entrepreneurs to explore the Polish Market
The Nano Regions Alliance (NANORA) has invited NIA Members, as well as those otherwise engaged in nanotechnologies, to join it on an exploratory business trip to Poland. The trip will last four days, and the convoy of nano entrepreneurs will visit Warsaw, Poznan and Katowice
BASF has first UV Filter approved for Use in European Cosmetics
NIA Member BASF’s Tinosorb A2B has become the first UV filter ‘to be included in the positive list (Annex VI) of the new EU Cosmetics Regulation’. The product, which contains ‘particle sizes smaller than 100 nanometres’, was approved after assessment by the EC SCCS. “After a long approval process we are delighted that we are now allowed to bring...
NIA EXCLUSIVE - Report and external Coverage on NIA Symposium on Grouping and Read-Across now Available
NIA has released its report on the ‘Symposium on Grouping and Read-Across’ that it held on 26 November 2013 in Brussels, Belgium. The symposium centred on addressing a key issue of the 2011 European Commission (EC) Recommendation on the Definition of Nanomaterial, which is that it categorised an estimated 50% of all commercially-used materials as...
NIA EXCLUSIVE - $20 Discount for Regulatory Development concerning Nanomaterials - Additional Compliance Hurdles for Industry
NIA Members can get $20 off of registration for this event - contact the NIA Events Team for more details. It will be held online (via webinar) on 11 September 2014
IOMC reviews Work done on Nano under the SAICM Global Plan of Action
In September 2012 the UN ICCM3 put forth 13 activities related to nanotechnologies for adoption in the SAICM Global Plan of Action. An update on these activities has been provided by the WHO Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC)
NIA’s Response to EC Consultation on Nano Transparency Measures covered in News Article
The ENDS Report has covered NIA’s stance on the proposed EU nano registration program in an article entitled, EU nano register ‘will damage competitiveness’. NIA’s response to the European Commission’s (EC) Consultation on Nano Transparency Measures was published earlier this month
NIA lends its Support to wider Industry Association Message on Europe and Nanotechnology
NIA is one amongst 15 industry associations endorsing a leaflet, entitled Europe needs safe and innovative nanotechnologies and nanomaterials, that has recently been published. The leaflet describes why the industry associations view nanotechnology as vital to Europe, and highlight seven key points for consideration
NIA Response to EC Consultation calls Nano Transparency Measures that come on top of existing Ones “inappropriate”
NIA has responded to the EC's public consultation on transparency measures for nanomaterials on the market, commenting that ‘nanomaterials should not be discriminated against based on the sole factor of their size – any transparency measure that would come on top of the existing regulatory framework is therefore inappropriate’. NIA believes that a...
US NTP Centre determining Technical Needs for non-Animal System that can assess potential Toxicity of Nano
The US National Toxicology Program (NTP) Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods (NICEATM) recently requested ‘data and information on devices and/or technologies currently used for identifying potential inhalation hazards’. This data is set to be used ‘to assess the state of the science and determine the...
US House Subcommittee hears about Nanotechnology Opportunities
The US House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade recently held a hearing on ‘Nanotechnology: Understanding How Small Solutions Drive Big Innovation’. Various experts from industry and academia were invited to testify before the subcommittee
Latest Edition of EC CORDIS Express looks at Nanotechnology
The EC e-magazine CORDIS Express has devoted its latest issue to looking ‘at a range of research projects focused on developing new applications for nanomaterials as well as honing the risk assessment process’. These projects include applications in medical applications, art restoration, energy and electronics, as well as those related to...
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Consultations – Two EU consultations on Horizon 2020 and ‘Science 2.0’
NIA Members are invited to contribute to two consultations the European Commission has recently opened
NIA EXCLUSIVE - 25% Discount on Condensed Matter Physics 2015
NIA Members can get 25% off registration for this event - contact the NIA Event Team for more details
German Environment Agency assesses Carcinogenicity and Mutagenicity of Nanoparticles
UBA has published a review of existing knowledge on the carcinogenicity and mutagenicity of nanoparticles in order to inform future regulatory efforts. The report looked at over 100 studies analysing different nanomaterials in order to ‘identify the precursors of carcinogenicity…, to compare the toxicity of different types of nano-objects and to...
NIA joins NANORA
The Nanotechnology Industries Association has become an associate member of the Nano Regions Alliance (NANORA). NANORA is a ‘unique network of public policy institutions, associations, clusters and research and technology centres’ that support nanotechnology research and business in order to help fully exploit ‘regional nanotechnology potentials’