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News & Alerts

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...
UPDATE: European Parliament’s ENVI Committee votes to approve Moratorium on Nano in Food
The European Parliament Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) 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...
France releases Second Report on the Registration of Nanomaterials
Launched in 2013, the French mandatory reporting scheme, for nanomaterials that are produced or imported into France, completed a second round of registration on 1 June 2014; the authorities have now published a report on the results of this exercise. In this second report, the Ministry of the Environment provides insights into the registration of...
JRC releases World’s first Certified Reference Material consisting of Silica Nanoparticles
The European Commission’s (EC) Joint Research Centre (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 20nm and 80nm in diameter’. Developed by the JRC’s Institute for Reference...
Companies launch Appeal against ECHA Titanium Dioxide Registration Check
A number of companies have appealed against a decision taken by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in June 2014. According to the appeal, the contested decision ‘is unlawful in so far as it requires the update of the Substance [titanium dioxide] registration dossier with specific information related to phases of the Substance, nanoforms, and...
NIA EXCLUSIVE - 10% Discount on ICNFA 2015
NIA Members can get a 10% discount on attending this event - contact the NIA Events Team for more details.   The aim of ICNFA'15 (6th International Conference on Nanotechnology: Fundamentals and Applications) is to bring together the Canadian and International community working in the field of nanotechnology to foster an environment conducive to...
NIA comments on Issues Nano faces from Biocides Regulation
NIA’s Director of Advocacy Dr David Carlander has explained that the restrictions posed for nanomaterials by the new Biocidal Products Regulation are “unfortunate”. His comments were reported by two media outlets, Chemical Watch and ENDS Europe. According to Dr Carlander, ‘the biocidal sector working with active substances in the nanoscale is now...
Updated ECHA CoRAP Testing List contains 3 new Nanomaterials
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published a draft of its annual update of the Community Rolling Action Plan (CoRAP). The plan, covering the 2015-2017 period, contains 65 newly selected substances alongside 69 that were included in the previous plan; four of the substances in the list are either nanomaterials or are commonly applied as...
UPDATE: Programme for NIA Symposium ‘Expert Analysis on Nano-Regulation and -Policy: Staying Ahead of the Curve’ + NIA AGM now available
The programme for the Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) symposium, ‘Expert Analysis on Nano-Regulation and -Policy: Staying Ahead of the Curve’, to be held on 19 November 2014 in Brussels, Belgium, has been made available. This will be followed by NIA's Annual General Meeting (attendance to the AGM is open to NIA Members only). The...
Proposed US EPA Nano-specific Rulings for TSCA re-emerge
In 2009 the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) initiated work on nano-specific rules under the country's Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA); Two notices of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) were later submitted by EPA to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). After four years, the original 2010 NPRM have been withdrawn...
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 by the Joint Working Group (JWG2 - Measurement and characterisation) of ISO/TC229 - Nanotechnologies, and IEC/TC113 - Nanotechnology...
NIA EXCLUSIVE - 25% Discount on attending the 1st Sustainable Nanotechnology School
NIA Members can get a 25% on attendance to this event - contact the NIA Events Team for more details.   The achievement of safe nanoproducts requires an understanding of the properties, biological interactions, fate, risks and environmental impacts of manufactured nanomaterials (MN). The School aims to transfer the state-of-the-art knowledge on...
NIA EXCLUSIVE - 10% Discount for China International Graphene Summit
NIA Members​ can get a 10% discount on attending this event - contact the NIA Events Team for more details.   The China International Graphene Summit 2015 will be held on January 21 in Shanghai, China. The area of graphene is developing rapidly recently. China, as the country owns the largest amount of graphite, will look for a long-term...
German UBA Study indicates Toxicity of Titanium Dioxide Materials not specific to Nanoform
The German Umweltbundesamt (UBA) has published a study stating that ‘realistic exposure scenarios are necessary to properly assess the potential environmental risk of TiO2 materials’. The researchers also found that the toxicity of the titanium dioxide materials was not necessarily a nano-specific characteristic. It was found that, after analysing...
Australian Agriculture and Veterinary Medicines Authority publishes draft Regulatory Considerations Report
The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has published a draft report on Regulatory Considerations for Nanopesticides and Veterinary Nanomedicines. The authors state that ‘the general consensus is that, for the foreseeable future, existing regulatory frameworks developed for macroscale chemicals will be used to regulate...
NIA EXCLUSIVE - 25% Discount on World Congress and Expo on Nanotechnology and Materials Science
NIA Members can get a 25% Discount on attending this event - contact the NIA Events Team for more details.   Scientific Future Group takes the pleasure to invites all the participants across the globe to attend the World Congress and Expo on Nanotechnology and Materials Science with the aim of tracking the most recent advancements in...
Belgian Decree on the Nanomaterial Register published in the Country's Official Journal
The 24 September 2014 edition of the Belgian Official Journal (Le Moniteur Belge) has endorsed the Belgian Royal Decree regarding the Placement on the Market of Substances manufactured at the Nanoscale (Koninklijk besluit betreffende het op de markt brengen van als nanodeeltjes geproduceerde stoffen / Arrêté royal relatif à la mise sur le marché...
UPDATE: Second NIA Quarterly Webinar - 30 Sep 2014
After the success of the first NIA Members Quarterly Webinar, NIA ran its second quarterly webinar on 30 September 2014. The presentation has now been made available to NIA Members. Held from 15:00 CEST for 1.5 hours, the webinar gave: An interactive presentation on NIA Projects building on the upcoming NIA Research Projects Report, and...
NIA participates in EU Nanosafety Mission to Brazil
NIA Director-General Dr Steffi Friedrichs recently participated in a European Commission (EC) nanosafety ‘mission’ to Brazil. Dr Friedrichs was one of 11 coordinators of EU-funded projects invited to the country by the Brazilian government. “The Brazilian government is following very closely what we are doing in Europe. Our companies are also...
Danish EPA publishes Report on Nanomaterial Environmental Fate and Behaviour
The Danish Environmental Protection Agency (Miljøstyrelsen) has published a report, entitled Environmental fate and behaviour of nanomaterials: New knowledge on important transformation processes. The authors studied key environmental transformation processes both in general, and as applied to nine case-study materials. A specific overview of the...