News & Alerts

News & Alerts

NIA Consultation on SCCS Nano TiO2 as UV-filter in Sprays Draft Opinion
On 7 March 2017, the Scientific Committee for Consumer Safety of the European Commission (SCCS) released a draft opinion on nano titanium dioxide (TiO2) used as a UV-filter in sprayable cosmetics. SCCS will receive comments on this opinion until 14 May 2017.
SCCS considers Three coated Nano TiO2 Safe for use as UV-filter in Cosmetics
On 7 March 2017, the Scientific Committee for Consumer Safety of the European Commission (SCCS) finalised its opinion on the safety of the nanoform of titanium dioxide (TiO2) used as UV-filter in dermally-applied cosmetics and coated with cetyl phosphate, manganese dioxide or triethoxycaprylylsilane.
Council releases Position on Medical Devices Regulation ahead of European Parliament committee vote on 21 March - UPDATE
On 7 March 2017, the Council of the European Union released its position with a view to the adoption of a Regulation on Medical Devices. The Council, the European Parliament and the Commission had reached  an agreement in June 2016.
ECHA consults CARACAL on Nanomaterial Draft Guidance for Human Health endpoints
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has provided a draft update of the Appendices to Chapters R.7a and R7.c of the Guidance on IR&CSA (Endpoint specific guidance) on “recommendations for nanomaterials” regarding human health endpoints  
NANOGENTOOLS publishes first Newsletter and launches a Survey on Nanomaterial Safety Management and the Safe-By-Design Concept
The Horizon 2020 NANOGENTOOLS project, dedicated to supporting nanotechnology industries with their work on nanosafety, has developed its first newsletter after a year of Research and Innovation Staff Exchange.
US EPA proposes Significant New Use Rule for Carbon Nanotubes
Under the Toxic Substances Control Act, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) proposed a Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) with recordkeeping requirements for the substance defined as: 'bimodal mixture consisting of multi-walled carbon nanotubes and other classes of carbon nanotubes (generic)'
ECHA Board of Appeals rules in favour of Industry and annuls Decision requiring Information on nanoforms of TiO2
The Board of Appeal of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has released a Decision annulling a 2014 Decision requiring additional information on titanium dioxide (TiO2) substance identity as well as a list of phases, forms and surface treatments for sub-pigmentary (i.e. nano) forms. This decision was first contested in September 2014. The appeal...
NIA accepted as Registered Stakeholder to EFSA
NIA has been accepted as  Registered Stakeholder to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).  EFSA provides independent scientific advice to the decision makers who regulate food safety in Europe, with the mission to protect consumers, animals and the environment from food-related risks.
NIA hosts open webinar: Nanotech priorities in 2017 and support for members
The NIA team hosted an open webinar on February 21 - bringing together members and non-members to share regulatory priorities for nano in 2017.  These include the pending nanomaterials definition, REACH annex updates and hot topics such as the current situation surrounding titanium dioxide.  The webinar then focussed on how the NIA supports...
NIA launches a Funding Tracker for members
The NIA has launched a Funding Tracker to support members in funding development and collaboration. The Funding Tracker will monitor R&D funding opportunities for members and support them to identify the best tools, ideas and partnerships for successful grant applications and collaborations.  The Funding Tracker will fit across NIA member...
New OECD Publication addresses Alternative Testing Strategies in Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials
The Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD WPMN) has released a new publication of its Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials
NIA Consults Members on nano reporting requirements in Sweden
The Swedish Chemical Agency (Kemikalieinspektionen, KEMI) launched in the Autumn of 2016 a consultation reporting requirements for nanomaterials in products aimed for the Swedish market
ECHA consults CARACAL on Nanomaterial Draft Guidance for Environmental endpoints
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has provided three draft updates of the Appendices to Chapters R.7a, R.7b and R7.c of the Guidance on IR&CSA (Endpoint specific guidance) on “recommendations for nanomaterials” regarding environmental endpoints  
ECHA consults CARACAL on Nanomaterial Draft Guidance for Grouping and Read Across
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has released a public version of the draft Guidance on recommendations for nanomaterials applicable to QSARs and grouping of chemicals sent for CARACAL consultation, the Competent Authorities for REACH and CLP (CARACAL) are now invited to comment upon this text.   
NANoREG and ProSafe Industry Meeting 31 January
On 31 January, the two EU projects NANoREG and ProSafe will have a dedicated industry meeting to present and discuss some of the reports produced. 
US EPA requires Nanoscale Chemical Substances Reporting
On 12 January 2016, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated a final rule on 'Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements' for chemical substances when manufactured or processes as nanoscale materials.
France releases 2016 Report of the r-Nano Nanomaterial Reporting Scheme
The French Ministry of the Environment, Energy and the Sea has released its 2016 issue of the report 'Elements from the Declaratiosn of Substances at the Nanoscale' (Éléments issus des déclarations des substances à l'état nanoparticulaire).
ClusterNanoRoad Project surveys Nanotechnology Industries on Smart Specialisation Strategies, NMBP/KET uptake and Clusters in Europe
The EU-funded ClusterNanoRoad project, in which NIA is an active partner, has launched a 15-minute long online survey to identify the links between enabling technologies /NMBP sectors, cluster practices and smart specialisation strategies within regional/national programmes.
ECHA Board of Appeal Annuls Requests for 'Nano-structured' Substance Information
The European Chemicals Agency announced this week that their Board of Appeals has annulled four requests for further information on nano-structured substances from registrants. 
NIA Members Invited to Join February 2017 Mission to Japan
EU-Japan Centre has invited NIA Members to apply for their next nanotech mission to Japan in February 2017. The mission is organised on the fringes of the Nanotech 2017 International Nanotechnology Exhibition & Conference in Tokyo, Japan. Mission dates: from 13 - 17 February 2017 Application deadline: Thursday, 27 October 2016...