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"Nanomaterials - what next?" An NIA interview
The EC recommendation on the nanomaterials definition helps build confidence and "companies are in a better position to approach the perceived risks and take a more proactive stance" says NIA Director of Advocacy, Dr David Carlander, in an interview published in the 3rd edition of the ChemCon Daily
ECHA gives Endorsement to REACH Guidance Updates co-authored by NIA
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published a press release stating that '[it] is currently preparing an update of its Guidance on Information Requirements and Chemical Safety Assessment based on the output of the European Commission's REACH Implementation Projects on Nanomaterials [RIP-oNs]'
European Commission and NIA publish 'NM-Series of Representative Manufactured Nanomaterials: Zinc Oxide'
The EC JRC, supported by the NIA and its member company BASF, has published the second report in a series on the NM- Series of Representative Manufactured Nanomaterials, Zinc Oxide NM-110, NM-111, NM-112, NM-113 Characterisation and Test Item Preparation. The report documents results obtained under the OECD WPMN Sponsorship Programme
NIA helps pave the Road for Nanotechnology
"Nanotechnology has already become a reality in some areas and promises great things in others. However, the road to the nano future still includes a number of obstacles" starts a feature article in this month's issue of Chemistry & Industry. Dr Steffi Friedrichs, Director General of the NIA, contributed clarifications on nanotechnology in...
Nanotechnology in Agriculture - Exclusive Interview with the NIA
"NanoAgri is one of very many promising fields where the use of nanotechnologies can bring benefits to all parties involved in the agricultural chain, from input producers to farmers and consumers" comments Dr David Carlander, Director of Advocacy at the Nanotechnology Industries Association, in an exclusive interview with New AG International ...
NIA comments on the History of the EU's Definition of Nanomaterials
The NIA recently shed light on the debate on the 'why and wherefore' of the EC's recent recommendation for a definition of the term 'nanomaterial' in the context of existing 'nano'-definitions: "The ISO definition is a technical definition, while the Commission's is a regulatory one," says Steffi Friedrichs, Director General of the NIA in an ...
NIA discusses the EU's Nanomaterial Definition and its Impact on Companies
The article EU Definition of Nanosubstances Could Boost Public Acceptance, Improve Regulations, published by the Meridian Institute on the 2 December 2011, discusses the content of the workshop entitled Defining Nano!? - Compliance Requirements & Market Impact of the EU Definition of 'Nanomaterials - organized by the NIA on the 30 November in...
MARINA Project for Managing Risks of Nanomaterials launched
On the 7 November 2011 the official launch of the European Research partnership project MARINA (MAnaging RIsks of NAnoparticles) was announced by the UK Institute of Occupational Medicine. As one of the project partners the NIA is responsible for the NM-Series materials and reference dossiers
Opposing Reactions on the European Definition of Nanomaterials
In response to the European Commission's Recommendation on a Definition of Nanomaterials, the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) stated that the definition is too broad, saying it would add 'unnecessary burden' as well as legal uncertainty for companies. In addition fears were expressed that too many products would fall under the scope of...
European Commission publishes Final Reports on REACH Implementation Projects
The EC today released the final reports of two REACH Implementation Projects: RIP-oN2: Specific advice on fulfilling information requirements for nanomaterials under REACH and RIP-oN3: Specific advice on exposure assessment and Hazard/Risk Characterisation for nanomaterials under REACH. The NIA was a key collaborator in these projects
NIA welcomes Dr David Carlander as new Director of Advocacy
Dr David Carlander has joined the NIA as Director of Advocacy and Programme Manager of the Global-NanoMaPPP, the NIA's flagship Public-Private Partnership in the proactive safety assessment of nanomaterials
'In harm's way'? - NIA highlights wrong Assumptions & right scientific Evidence
On Sunday 31 July 2011 a nanotechnology-related article, entitled In harm's way, was published by the UK's The Sunday Times. The article focuses on the amount of contaminants and other chemicals in our environment
NIA points to Important Data in ongoing Nanosilver Debate
Following the opinion published by the German BfR, entitled Safety of nano silver in consumer products: many questions remain open, the nanosilver debate came to life again. On the 2 May 2011 the SNWG issued a reply to the scientific opinion published by the BfR on the 12 March 2011. The response was entitled SNWG comments on BfR & nanosilver
European Commission and NIA publish First Set of Results from the OECD Sponsorship Programme on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials
The EC JRC, supported by the NIA and its member company RAS Materials, has published the first report in a series on the NM-Series of Representative Manufactured Nanomaterials. Entitled 300 Silver - Characterisation, Stability, Homogeneity, the report marks the start to the publication of the first set of results obtained under the OECD WPMN...
French Government urged to withdraw Decree on Mandatory Reporting
The NIA has urged the French Government to withdraw its Decree regarding the annual mandatory reporting of nanoparticulate substances placed on the market (décret relatif à la déclaration annuelle des substances à l'état nanoparticulaire mises sur le marché), which had been opened for public consultation until the 28 February 2011
NIA encourages EFSA to support sound Science through an interactive Approach to Risk Assessment
The NIA congratulated EFSA on the publication of its Draft Scientific Opinion on Guidance on risk assessment concerning potential risks arising from applications of nanoscience and nanotechnologies to food and feed; the NIA specifically acknowledge the sound scientific foundation the draft opinion was based upon
'Nano' can be 'Eco' - NIA applauds EUEB Decision
Dr Steffi Friedrichs, Director General of the NIA, stated the Association's support of the EU's Ecolabel Board (EUEB) decision against an exclusion of nanomaterials from products eligible for the EU Ecolabel
Costa Rica hosts Meeting with NIA Representatives
A high-level meeting in Costa Rica welcomed Dr Rick Pleus, Member of the NIA Board of Directors, as a key-expert on nanotechnologies
NIA warns against Over-Interpretation of Toxicology Studies on commercially irrelevant Nanomaterials
The NIA has cautioned NGOs in the nanotechnology community not to over-interpret results of toxicology studies conducted on low volumes of bespoke-made nanoscale particles
NIA submits Comments on Nanotechnology Labelling Standard
The NIA has submitted comments to CEN/TC 352 on the Final Draft of Guidance on the labelling of manufactured nano-objects and products containing manufactured nano-objects (ISO/DTS 13830:2010), which had been jointly developed with ISO/TC 229