News & Alerts

News & Alerts

NIA EXCLUSIVE - 10% Discount for Micro | Nano | Mems 2015
NIA Members can get a 10% discount on this event - contact the NIA Events Team for more details.   Showcase your latest products and services at this year’s Micro | Nano | Mems 2015 exhibition which is set to return to the NEC in Birmingham and will be running from the 30th September to the 1st October. The event covers the full spectrum of...
EC proposes Nanomaterial Exemption to RoHS 2
The European Commission is intending to amend the restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS 2) regulation in order to create an exemption ‘for cadmium in illumination and display lighting applications’. It has been sent to the European Parliament and EU Council of Ministers for comments; if no opposition is made, the EC’s delegated directive will...
NANoREG Nanomaterial Provider offering its Services to NIA Members
Fluorescent silica nanobeads that are widely used by the NANoREG project have now been made available by NIA Member HiQ-Nano. The nanoparticles were initially provided by the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT). The highly bright fluorescent nanobeads provided to the NANoREG project enable, according to the company, superior imaging; they are...
Nanomaterials added to EC approved List of Food Contact Materials
A regulation ‘amending and correcting’ EC Regulation 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food shows that three nanomaterials have been approved for such use. Furthermore another material has been amended to allow for the nanoform of it to be used. The three materials are: butadiene, ethyl acrylate,...
US EPA enacts SNUR for MWCNT-containing Dispersing Agent
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a significant new use ruling (SNUR) 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 (Toxic Substances Control Act) section 5(e) consent order as the Agency believes it to ‘present an...
NanoRelease Project publishes Report on Food-relevant Nanomaterials
A paper published by the NanoRelease Food Additive project has been published by Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology. It is entitled Mammalian gastrointestinal tract parameters modulating the integrity, surface properties, and absorption of food-relevant nanomaterials, and is an open-access article. NIA is one of...
NIA underlines Position on Nano Registers in Magazine Article
A recent article by ENDS Europe, entitled NGOs slam Commission’s nano register position, discussed comments made by a group of NGOs that ‘the Commission’s [working] conclusions [with regard to the transparency measures for nanomaterials] fail to provide the right balance between private and public interests’. NIA was asked for its comments on the...
EC SCENIHR releases Final Opinion on Guidance for Nanomaterials used in Medical Devices
The European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) has published its final opinion on the Guidance on the Determination of Potential Health Effects of Nanomaterials Used in Medical Devices. This follows a consultation to which eleven organisations, including NIA, responded. The Guidance is more...
US EPA withdraws SNUR for Carbon Nanotube
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has withdrawn a direct final significant new use ruling (SNUR) for functionalized carbon nanotubes (generic). A notification about the SNUR coming into effect was published in late October 2014. The EPA is withdrawing this ruling as it received "received a notice of intent to submit adverse comments";...
UPDATE: Third NIA Members Quarterly Webinar - 17 December 2014 - Presentations now Available
Following on from the success of the 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. Lasting just under 1.5 hours, topics discussed covered: Work being done on the review of the EC Recommendation for a definition of the...
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. This symposium addressed the evolution of the regulatory landscape for nanotechnology throughout the world, and analysed key discussions held in a multitude of...
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 European Commission. 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...
BASF discusses Grouping and Read-Across in ECHA Newsletter
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has interviewed Dr Robert Landsiedel, from NIA Member BASF, in the latest edition of its newsletter. In it Dr Landsiedel discusses ‘using read-across and categories to improve safety of nanomaterials’. In it Dr Landsiedel states that “we now have a good idea of which nanomaterial applications pose a risk to...
Swiss Nano Action Plan extended until 2019
An ‘action plan for synthetic nanomaterials’ that was developed by numerous Swiss Federal Offices has been extended until 2019. Adopted by the country’s Federal Council in April 2008, it ‘illustrates the work required in Switzerland for the safe handling of nanomaterials’. The plan is said to create a regulatory framework in two phases: the first...
Nanosilver Rinse-off Cosmetics to be excluded from receiving EU Ecolabel
The European Commission has passed a decision ‘establishing the ecological criteria for the award of the EU Ecolabel for rinse-off cosmetic products’ (2014/893/EU). Criteria for receiving the EU Ecolabel indicates that nanosilver may ‘not be included in the product [seeking the Ecolabel], neither as part of the formulation nor as part of any...
NIA Member Endomagnetics receives FDA Approval to begin Trials of nano-enabled Medical Device in US
NIA Member Endomagnetics has announced that it ‘has received Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’ for two of its medical devices, the SentiMag® and the Sienna+®. This approval allows the company ‘to initiate a pivotal [multisite] clinical trial to evaluate the effectiveness of’ the devices...
NIA-coordinated H2020 Project SeeingNano goes live
SeeingNano, a Horizon 2020 project coordinated by the Nanotechnology Industries Association, has gone live today. This makes it one of the first H2020 projects to be funded. SeeingNano (full title: Developing and Enabling Nanotechnology Awareness-Building through the Creation and Exchange of enhanced Communication and Visualisation Tools and...
EC JRC Technical Report calls for Guidelines for EC Nano Definition and its Implementation
The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has published a Technical Report, entitled Basic Comparison of Particle Size Distribution Measurements of Pigments and Fillers using Commonly Available Industrial Methods. Work was carried out ‘to evaluate a number of analytical methods of measuring particle size distributions as required for...
NIA Member BASF contributes to new Book on Nanomaterial Safety
NIA Member BASF recently contributed to a book presenting ‘the state-of-the-art in nanosafety research from a lifecycle perspective’. Entitled Safety of Nanomaterials along Their Lifecycle: Release, Exposure, and Human Hazards, the book is aimed at ‘professionals in product development, industrial design, regulatory agencies, and materials...
EC to present revised Nano Food Proposal to European Parliament
The European Commission (EC) has notified the World Trade Organization (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...