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News & Alerts

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’
OECD releases Report looking to advance Policy Debate on Nano through Case-Study on its Application to Tyre Industry
The OECD has published a study, Nanotechnology and Tyres: Greening Industry and Transport, which looks ‘to advance the policy debate [on nanotechnologies] by considering a wide range of issues regarding sustainable growth and the responsible development of nanotechnology from the perspective of a single application of nanotechnology in a mass...
NIA outlines Industry Unease over Nano Reporting Schemes in Article
NIA's Director of Advocacy, David Carlander, recently explained that “the nanotechnology industry is opposed to the [reporting] schemes” as no clear benefits have been defined. The quotes were made in article entitled Europe mulls best way to handle nanotech, where the publication asked a number of commentators on their thoughts about nanomaterial...
NIA EXCLUSIVE - 10% Discount on ICNST 2014 / ICOE 2014
NIA Members can get a 10% discount on attending this event - contact the NIA Events Team for more details
BIAC publishes 2014 Annual Report
BIAC has published its Annual Report for 2014. Entitled A Business Agenda for Open Markets, Investment, and Sustainable Growth, the report looks at BIAC’s work in a number of focus areas; one of these areas is concerned with its involvement in nanotechnology
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Consultation: EU SCENIHR Guidance on the Determination of Potential Health Effects of Nanomaterials used in Medical Devices - Deadline: 29 September 2014
NIA Members are invited to contribute to NIA's reply on the SCENIHR consultation on the Guidance on the Determination of Potential Health Effects of Nanomaterials used in Medical Devices
UN Experts to assess Applicability of GHS criteria for a Number of Nanomaterials
A report from a recently convened session of the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the GHS-CLP has indicated that ‘a small number of nanomaterials’ are to be evaluated for classification under the GHS system. The meeting was held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 2 to 4 July 2014
New Handbook for Notifiers about Australian NICNAS contains Information on Nanomaterials
Australia’s Department of Health has issued a handbook which ‘provide[s] basic information to notifiers about fulfilling NICNAS’s requirements. The handbook contains 12 chapters, although the section on reporting nanomaterials is Appendix H
NIA comments that National Nano Registers have been detrimental for Nanotechnology
At the recently held EC Validation Workshop on Nano Transparency Measures, NIA's Director General Dr Steffi Friedrichs commented that ‘none of the current registers has fully addressed the issue of nanomaterial safety’. Furthermore ‘they have actually been detrimental to nanotechnology, with customers asking for products not containing...
EC SCENIHR publishes preliminary Guidance on determining Health Effect of Nano in Medical Devices
EC SCENIHR has published a draft opinion, Guidance on the Determination of Potential Health Effects of Nanomaterials used in Medical Devices. The Committee concludes that ‘the potential risk is mainly associated with the possibility for release of free nanoparticles from the device and the duration of exposure’, and is ‘dependent on the method of...
EFSA Inventory of Nano Applications in Agriculture, Food and Feed described in Report
EFSA has published a report called Inventory of Nanotechnology applications in the agricultural, feed and food sector. The objective of the study was two-fold: ‘(i) [to prepare] an inventory of current and potential future applications of nanotechnology in the agri/feed/food sector; and (ii) to review the regulation of nanomaterials in the EU as...
EC Joint Research Centre publishes Characterisation and Preparation Info for Cerium Dioxide Representative Test Materials
The EC's JRC has today published a new Science and Policy Report, Cerium Dioxide, NM-211, NM-212, NM-213. Characterisation and test item preparation. The report ‘presents the physico-chemical characterisation of Representative Test Materials (RTMs) of manufactured nano cerium dioxide’, with the aim that they ‘may be used as representative material...
NIA EXCLUSIVE - 40% Discount on Printed Electronics USA 2014
NIA Members can get a 40% Discount on attendance to this event - contact the NIA Events Team for more information
French OHS Agency publishes Guidance on the Identification of Nanomaterials in the Workplace
France's INRS has released a guidance document that aids in the identification of nanomaterials in the workplace. The report provides a summary of occupational health and safety (OHS) knowledge related to nanomaterials