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News & Alerts

German EPA recommends Measures for 'Nanomaterial Specific Environmental Risks'
The German Environment Protection Agency (Umweltbundesamt) has recently released a background note entitled Nanomaterials in the environment –Current state of knowledge and regulations on chemical safety - Recommendations of the German Environment Agency
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
NIA Opinion on JRC's Nano Material Definition Report Published in Japanese
In December, NIA issued our opinion on the JRC's recent report, Towards A Review of the EC Recommendation for a definition of the term 'nanomaterial", which compiled our view on the feasibility and scientific grounding of the diverse options described by the JRC.
EC JRC concludes review of EC Recommendation for a Definition of Nanomaterial
EC JRC published the third and last report of the series of reports on the review of the European Commission Recommendation for a Definition of Nanomaterial (2011/0696)
EP ENVI Committee approves Council’s proposal on Novel Foods
On 25 June 2015, the European Parliament’s committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) has given its support to the compromise text of the Council of the European Union on the proposed Regulation on Novel Foods 2013/0435 (COD)
UPDATE: Third NIA Members Quarterly Webinar - 17 December 2014 - Presentations now Available
Following on from the success of NIA's first and second NIA Members Quarterly Webinars, NIA held its third Quarterly Webinar on 17 December 2014 15:00 CET. The presentation from it has now been made available
NIA EXCLUSIVE - Report on NIA Symposium: Expert Analysis on Nano-Regulation and –Policy: Staying Ahead of the Curve
NIA has published the report on its 'Symposium: Expert Analysis on Nano-Regulation and –Policy: Staying Ahead of the Curve', which was held on 19 November 2014 in Brussels, Belgium
EC JRC Technical Report calls for Guidelines for EC Nano Definition and its Implementation
The EC JRC has published a Technical Report, describing work carried out ‘to evaluate a number of analytical methods of measuring particle size distributions as required for classification with respect to the EC Recommendation for the definition on nanomaterials’; however, the authors state that guidelines ‘regarding some aspects of the definition...
EC to present revised Nano Food Proposal to European Parliament
The EC has notified the WTO that it will put forward to the European Parliament and EU Council of Ministers a revision of its ‘Delegated Regulation amending Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the provision of food information to consumers as regards the definition of ‘engineered nanomaterials’. This is...
UPDATE: European Parliament’s ENVI Committee votes to approve Moratorium on Nano in Food
The European Parliament ENVI Committee has voted to adopt a draft report that ‘proposed a moratorium on the use of nanomaterials in food, based on the precautionary principle’. The report is an amended version of the European Commission’s (EC) January 2014 proposal for a Regulation on Novel Foods 2013/0435 (COD)
JRC releases World’s first Certified Reference Material consisting of Silica Nanoparticles
The EC JRC has made available a certified reference material (CRM) that ‘consists of a mixture of near-spherical silica nanoparticles of two distinct sizes in an aqueous solution’. The two sizes of sphere are ‘nominally 20 nm and 80nm in diameter’
ISO/IEC Survey on Standardisation Needs in Graphene and other 2D Materials - Deadline 21 November 2014
NIA Member the National Physics Laboratory (NPL) is collecting information on the standardisation needs in graphene and other 2D materials in the form of an online survey. This initiative has been undertaken on behalf of the ISO/TC 229 JWG2, and IEC/TC113
UPDATE: Second NIA Quarterly Webinar - 30 Sep 2014
After the success of the first NIA Members Quarterly Webinar, NIA ran its next quarterly webinar on 30 September 2014 - the presentation has now been made available to NIA Members
EC JRC publishes second in Series of Reports looking toward the Review of the Recommended Definition
The EC JRC has published a report, entitled Towards a review of the EC Recommendation for a definition of the term ‘nanomaterial’ – Part 2: Assessment of collected information concerning the experience with the definition. It builds on the first report in the series, which presented a compilation of information received on how stakeholders found...
NIA highlights Impact of Nanotech Regulations on Industry in Webinar
An article published by Bloomberg BNA has quoted NIA Director-General Dr Steffi Friedrichs on the way in which the nanotechnology industries are being affected by regulatory developments worldwide. The article juxtaposes the view of a recently released OECD report with the view expressed by Dr Friedrichs in a webinar she recently presented at
Article on Belgian Nano Register Questions its Legality
An article written by a legal expert has raised the question of how compatible the upcoming Belgian nano register is with EU law, and even with Belgian administrative law. The main areas of contention are reported to be in whether it impedes the ‘freedom of movement’ of goods in the EU, and the definition of ‘substance manufactured at [the]...
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...
NIA EXCLUSIVE - Report and external Coverage on NIA Symposium on Grouping and Read-Across now Available
NIA has released its report on the ‘Symposium on Grouping and Read-Across’ that it held on 26 November 2013 in Brussels, Belgium. The symposium centred on addressing a key issue of the 2011 European Commission (EC) Recommendation on the Definition of Nanomaterial, which is that it categorised an estimated 50% of all commercially-used materials as...
Swedish NGO publishes Report on Opportunities and Challenges of Nanotechnology
A Swedish NGO, the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC), has published a report entitled Managing the unseen – opportunities and challenges with nanotechnology. The report calls for Sweden to develop a ‘national strategy for dealing with the safety of nanomaterials’ as well as ‘a national inventory system’ for nano containing products