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News & Alerts

Safe by Design workshop slides published
NIA was part of a multi-project consortium that delivered the 2 day workshop "Nanomaterials: Industrial workshop on Safe by Design" in Bilbao on April 24-25, managed by the project Nanogentools. Projects dedicated to building the concept and tools behind Safe by Design came together, including:
JRC report 'NanoREG framework for the safety assessment of nanomaterials' published
NIA welcomes publication of the JRC Science for Policy Report 'NANoREG framework for the safety assessment of nanomaterials'. The comprehensive report was co-authored by NIA's David Carlander from the collaborative work within the NANoREG project "A common European approach to the regulatory testing of nanomaterials", funded by the European...
Visit NIA at EuroNanoForum 2017
NIAis delighted to be sharing a stand at the EuroNanoForum 2017 with University of Leeds, INERIS,Tutech and National Research Centre for the Working Environment (NRCWE). The stand will hold discussion groups, workshops and other activities including a showcasing of industry developments in new sectors, safe-by-design  tools and uptakes and...
EU Project EC4SafeNano launches with a Survey on Needs and Priorities
The European Commission Horizon 2020 project establishing a European Centre for Risk Management and Safe Innovation in nanomaterials and nanotechnologies, EC4SafeNano, has now been launched. EC4SafeNano aims to bridge the gap between scientific knowledge and daily practice by providing services to help others to safely manage this new technology.
NIA launches Regulatory Digest
6 April saw the launch of NIA's new regulatory service to Members, a monthly Regulatory Digest.  This newsletter will provide an ongoing review of regulatory changes and processes relevant to NIA members, activities from NIA within those processes and support available to Members.
2017 symposium in Brussels spring sunshine
NIA Members and the wider nano community came together in Brussels on a sunny spring day to lift the lid on latest global regulatory news and take a look at Safer by Design as a tool in sustainable business.
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)'
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. 
NANoREG Harmonised Terminology for EHS Assessment of Nanomaterials is Released
As part of the NANoREG project financed by the European Commission (NIA is an active partner and work package leader in NANoREG), the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission has published the NANoREG Harmonised Terminology for Environmental Health and Safety Assessment of Nanomaterials
US NIOSH opens consultation on Health Effects of Occupational Exposure to Silver Nanomaterials Publication
Late January 2016, the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released a draft document on the Health Effects of Occupational Exposure to Silver Nanomaterial. This document contains a literature review as well as recommendations for the safe handling of silver nanoparticles and research needs to fill in data gaps and...
OECD Releases New Publications on Nanomaterial Risk Assessment
This month, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released two new publications providing guidance to nanomaterial developers on risk assessment, measurement and mitigation.
UK Releases Report on Workplace Exposure and Controls During Nanomaterial Manufacturing
This week, the United Kingdom's Health and Safety Laboratory, a division of the Health and Safety Executive,  issued a report assessing how employees encounter airborne nanomaterials during their manufacture, handling and use, as well as the steps companies are taking to ensure safe exposure rates. The study was limited in scope, assessing only...
US EPA enacts SNUR for MWCNT-containing Dispersing Agent
The US EPA has issued a significant new use ruling for a polymer of terephthalic acid and ethyl benzene with multi-walled carbon nanotube (generic). The polymer has also been made subject to a US TSCA section 5(e) consent order as the Agency believes it to ‘present an unreasonable risk of injury to human health and the environment’
EC publishes Guidance for Workers and Employers on working safely with Manufactured Nanomaterials
Two separate guidance documents for those working with manufactured nanomaterials have been released by the EC. The first, Working Safely with Manufactured Nanomaterials, is aimed specifically at those handling the materials in the workplace; the second, Guidance on the protection of the health and safety of workers from the potential risks...
OECD publishes Results of Questionnaire on 2010-2011 Regulatory Regimes for Manufactured Nanomaterials
The OECD has published the 42nd item in its Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials, entitled Report of the Questionnaire on Regulatory Regimes for Manufactured Nanomaterials 2010-2011. The questionnaire was administered by the OECD WPMN, and ‘contained four sections related to the oversight of nanomaterials in various OECD...
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...
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
Publications from the ILSI NanoRelease Food Additive Project now freely available
The ILSI NanoRelease Food Additive Project, in which NIA participates, has recently published five scientific publications in the journal Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety. An earlier publication had been published in April 2014 in ACS nano
Danish NGO outlines Concerns over Nanomaterials in new e-Book
The Danish Ecological Council has published a report, entitled Chemicals in Politics and Everyday Life – EU’s Chemical Regulation REACH, Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, Nanomaterials and Cocktail Effects. The report contains describes the regulatory landscape around nanomaterials, and highlights its concerns over the materials
UN Agency ILO uses Nano as Example of Safety Concerns associated with Emerging Technologies
The International Labour Organization has published Safety and Health in the Use of Chemicals at Work for the world day for safety and health at work, which takes place today. It notes that ‘the rate of innovation and research regarding the development and use of chemicals is rapid, but the pace of investigating the safety and health aspects of...