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News & Alerts

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’
Nanosilver Rinse-off Cosmetics to be excluded from receiving EU Ecolabel
The EC 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 mixture in the...
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 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
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...
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 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)
France releases Second Report on the Registration of Nanomaterials
Launched in 2013, the French mandatory reporting scheme for nanomaterials that are produced or imported in France has achieved a second round of registration on 1 June 2014; the authorities now published a report on the results of this exercise
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’
Companies launch Appeal against ECHA Titanium Dioxide Registration Check
A number of companies have appealed against a decision taken by 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 surface treatments of nanoforms, as...
NIA EXCLUSIVE - 10% Discount on ICNFA 2015
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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
Updated ECHA CoRAP Testing List contains 3 new Nanomaterials
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 nanomaterials
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 AGM
Proposed US EPA Nano-specific Rulings for TSCA re-emerge
In 2009 the US EPA initiated work on nano-specific rules under the Toxic Substances Control Act; two notices of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) were later submitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). After four years, the original 2010 NPRMs have been withdrawn by the EPA, and a new NPRM was proposed to the OMB in October 2014
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
NIA EXCLUSIVE - 25% Discount on attending the 1st Sustainable Nanotechnology School
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NIA EXCLUSIVE - 10% Discount for China International Graphene Summit
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German UBA Study indicates Toxicity of Titanium Dioxide Materials not specific to Nanoform
The German 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