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News & Alerts

NIA answers EC Public Consultation on Plastic Waste
As the first step of the rejuvenation of the European legislation on waste, the EC published a Green Paper on Plastic Waste along with a public consultation on the topic
NIA calls for greater Government Support for Nanotechnologies
“While industries always take the lion’s share of responsibility for communicating the benefits of their products on the market […] the current risk-centric debates on nanomaterials have also created a strong responsibility for governments to wade in and support nanotechnology’s innovative power”, said NIA Director General Steffi Friedrichs in a...
NIA Public Briefing: Nanotechnology and the Council of Europe
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has adopted a recommendation on balancing nanotechnologies benefits and risks to public health and the environment at the Assembly’s 2013 spring session held in Strasbourg, France. This recent activity in the Council of Europe has been followed by NIA, which has now written a public...
NIA participates in Panel Discussion on Nanotech Commercialisation
NIA Director General Steffi Friedrichs recently took part in a panel discussion on the commercialisation of nanotechnologies in Europe. The panel was organised by the NANOFORCE project during the tenth Hessen Nanotechnology Forum
NIA Comments at start of NANoREG Project
The NANoREG project held its Kick-off Meeting on 13 May 2013; according to NIA Director General Steffi Friedrichs, it is “an important project for the nanotechnology community” as its main emphasis is on “regulatory relevant test only, with a view to be agreeing on standard operating procedures for the characterisation, measurement and testing of ...
NIA voices Concerns over European Nano Reporting Schemes
NIA has talked about the problems industry faces from nanomaterial registry schemes across Europe. Dr Steffi Friedrichs, NIA Director-General, made the comments in the ChemicalWatch article, EU Commission finalises nano registry tender
GAB Consulting joins NIA
GAB Consulting GmbH, a German company, has recently joined the Nanotechnology Industries Association as a Corporate Member. It joins others who all benefit from the advocacy, representation and exclusive information services that NIA provides them
NIA comments on Options for modifying REACH Annexes
The Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) has been quoted in an article entitled EU nano group debates REACH annex options. These comments are related to a proposal to change ‘compliance for nanomaterials’
NIA comments on how actively the Food Industry is looking at Nanotechnologies
NIA’s Director of Advocacy, Dr David Carlander, recently provided quotes for an article entitled What you need to know about nano-food. The article looks at the general state of play on the matter, looking at the practical applications of nanotechnologies for food, who makes such foods, and why consumers might want to eat them, before asking “is...
Environment Agency Austria publishes Comments made by NIA and Others on draft RoHS 2 Review
Comments made by stakeholder groups on ‘the draft methodology for the identification and assessment of substances for a potential restriction under RoHS 2’ have been published by Environment Agency Austria. The Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) was one of these groups; it urged the agency ‘to remove a general reference that categorises...
NIA hopeful over H2020 Nanotech Funding
In an interview with Pan-European Networks, published on the Horizon 2020 Projects platform, NIA highlights the pivotal role Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) can play within the upcoming Horizon 2020 framework
NIA urges Environment Agency Austria to remove References that categorise Nanomaterials as ‘Substances of highest Concern’ from RoHS 2 Review
In its comments on the Study for the Review of the List of Restricted Substances under RoHS 2 Directive (commissioned by DG Environment (EC); conducted by Environment Agency Austria), the NIA urged Environment Agency Austria to remove a general reference that categorises all nanomaterials as ‘substances of highest concern’
JRC publishes Report on Nanotechnology Safety Symposium
The EC's JRC has released a technical report on the 'Safety Issues and Regulatory Challenges of Nanomaterials' symposium it held in May 2012. The event was organised by the JRC-IHCP along with several EU FP7 projects and 'presented the latest scientific progress and policy developments in the field of nanosafety'
NIA provides Comments on US NIOSH Consultation on nano-Silver
The NIA has responded to the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's (NIOSH) request for information on nano-silver. Its main suggestion is for the agency 'to avoid redundancy' by taking into account 'all the results of the OECD'
Presentations from EC Workshop on Regulatory Review on Nanomaterials now available
The EC hosted a workshop at the end of January 2013 'to present and discuss the main findings of the Second Regulatory Review on Nanomaterials'. Many of the presentations from it have been made available to the public
NIA-endorsed Industry Message on Nanotechnologies published
A message supporting the EC's Communication on the second Regulatory Review of Nanomaterials has been published by multiple industry associations. In it they back the EC's conclusion that 'the current European regulatory framework, providing some clarifications of the requirements, adequately covers nanomaterials, is science-based and...
NIA Symposium hears about Progress on National Reporting Schemes, Leading Industry Periodical reports
Discussions and presentations held as part of the NIA’s recent symposium, Mandatory Reporting Schemes & Databases of Nanomaterials, have been reported on by a leading chemicals industry periodical
NIA discusses Nanosilver Regulations at Conference
Talks on regulations and developments relevant to nanoscale silver were given by the NIA at an event recently. The event, which the NIA co-hosted along with the Nanosilver Network, saw 40 international participants attend
NanoLYSE highlights Project’s Achievements in Latest Newsletter
NanoLYSE (Nanoparticles in Food: Analytical Methods for Detection and Characterisation) has recently published the fifth edition of its bi-annual newsletter. It states that ‘2012 has been an exciting year’ for the project as many milestones were successfully reached.
NIA calls for better Quality Control and more Realism in Risk Assessments
The NIA has responded to the EC's public consultation, Addressing the New Challenges for Risk Assessment. This paper was jointly authored by members of the EC's SCENIHR, SCCS, and SCHER committees