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News & Alerts

NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Briefing: Export Control and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies: the Case of Nanotechnologies
The broad range of applications of nanotechnologies includes both offensive and defensive military applications, some of which have been defined as being ‘dual-use’ in international agreements. Dual-use items and dual-use technologies are defined by the term ‘dual’, meaning that applications of these items and technologies are for both military...
Minutes from EC JRC Workshop on Nanotechnology for the Agricultural Sector now Available
In November 2013 the European Commission’s (EC) Joint Research Centre (JRC) hosted an internal workshop on ‘Nanotechnology for the agricultural sector: from research to the field’. A JRC Science and Policy report has now been published summarising the day’s discussions. The event aimed to ‘review the state-of-the-art of R&D of nanotechnology...
Article describes Difficulties in characterising Nanomaterials in Food and Food Contact Materials
A recently published article that draws upon the work of the NanoRelease project has highlighted the complexity of measuring nanomaterials in foods. The authors state that, ‘due to the complexity and wide chemical and physical disparity of nanomaterials at different points in time from processing to ingestion, it is likely that no single method...
Brazil’s ANVISA establishes Nanotechnology Committee for Health Surveillance
Brazil’s Health Surveillance Agency, ANVISA, has been ordered to set up an internal committee on nanotechnology (CIN) to coordinate institutional actions in areas deemed to be national priorities. The committee has a year to find relevant members and complete numerous actions, including setting up a database on manufactured nanomaterials....
NANORA invites Nano Entrepreneurs to explore the Polish Market
The Nano Regions Alliance (NANORA) has invited NIA Members, as well as those otherwise engaged in nanotechnologies, to join it on an exploratory business trip to Poland. The trip will last four days, and the convoy of nano entrepreneurs will visit Warsaw, Poznan and Katowice. Calling Poland ‘an economically strong and research intensive country...
BASF has first UV Filter approved for Use in European Cosmetics
NIA Member BASF’s Tinosorb A2B has become the first UV filter ‘to be included in the positive list (Annex VI) of the new EU Cosmetics Regulation’. The product, which contains ‘particle sizes smaller than 100 nanometres’, was approved after assessment by the European Commission’s (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS). “After a long...
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...
NIA EXCLUSIVE - $20 Discount for Regulatory Development concerning Nanomaterials - Additional Compliance Hurdles for Industry
NIA Members can get $20 off of registration for this event - contact the NIA Events Team for more details. It will be held online (via webinar) on 11 September 2014.   Many countries have launched mandatory reporting schemes concerning nanomaterials, others are contemplating about the pros and cons of doing so, and nearly all industrial countries...
IOMC reviews Work done on Nano under the SAICM Global Plan of Action
In September 2012 the United Nations’ (UN) Third International Conference on Chemical Management (ICCM3) put forth 13 activities related to nanotechnologies for adoption in the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management’s (SAICM) Global Plan of Action. An update on these activities has been provided by the World Health Organization’s...
NIA’s Response to EC Consultation on Nano Transparency Measures covered in News Article
The ENDS Report has covered NIA’s stance on the proposed EU nano registration program in an article entitled, EU nano register ‘will damage competitiveness'. NIA’s response to the European Commission’s (EC) Consultation on Nano Transparency Measures was published earlier this month. The report covers this response to the consultation, stating that...
NIA lends its Support to wider Industry Association Message on Europe and Nanotechnology
The Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) is one amongst 15 industry associations endorsing a leaflet, entitled Europe needs safe and innovative nanotechnologies and nanomaterials, that has recently been published. The leaflet describes why the industry associations view nanotechnology as vital to Europe, and highlight seven key points for...
NIA Response to EC Consultation calls Nano Transparency Measures that come on top of existing Ones “inappropriate”
The Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) has responded to the European Commission’s (EC) public consultation on transparency measures for nanomaterials on the market, commenting that ‘nanomaterials should not be discriminated against based on the sole factor of their size – any transparency measure that would come on top of the existing...
US NTP Centre determining Technical Needs for non-Animal System that can assess potential Toxicity of Nano
The US National Toxicology Program (NTP) Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods (NICEATM) recently requested ‘data and information on devices and/or technologies currently used for identifying potential inhalation hazards’. The agency received a number of responses, and this data is set to be used ‘to assess the...
US House Subcommittee hears about Nanotechnology Opportunities
The US House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade recently held a hearing on ‘Nanotechnology: Understanding How Small Solutions Drive Big Innovation’. Various experts from industry and academia were invited to testify before the subcommittee. A speaker stated that “nanotechnology is poised to drive the next surge...
Latest Edition of EC CORDIS Express looks at Nanotechnology
The EC e-magazine CORDIS Express has devoted its latest issue to looking ‘at a range of research projects focused on developing new applications for nanomaterials as well as honing the risk assessment process’. These projects include applications in materials science, medical applications, art restoration, energy and electronics, as well as those...
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Consultations – Two EU consultations on Horizon 2020 and ‘Science 2.0’
NIA Members are invited to contribute to two consultations the European Commission has recently opened. ‘Science 2.0’ is the topic of a consultation through which the European Commission wishes to obtain information about the evolutions in scientific production and its policy implications. The Directorate-General Research and Innnovation (DG RTD)...
NIA EXCLUSIVE - 25% Discount on Condensed Matter Physics 2015
NIA Members can get 25% off registration for this event - contact the NIA Event Team for more details.   OMICS Group announces all the participants across the globe to attend the International Conference and Exhibition on Mesoscopic & Condensed Matter Physics during June 22-24, 2015 Boston, USA with the theme to share and fortify the...
German Environment Agency assesses Carcinogenicity and Mutagenicity of Nanoparticles
The German Federal Environment Agency UBA (Umweltbundesamt) has published a review of existing knowledge on the carcinogenicity and mutagenicity of nanoparticles in order to inform future regulatory efforts. The report looked at over 100 studies analysing different nanomaterials in order to ‘identify the precursors of carcinogenicity…, to compare...
NIA joins NANORA
The Nanotechnology Industries Association has become an associate member of the Nano Regions Alliance (NANORA). NANORA is a ‘unique network of public policy institutions, associations, clusters and research and technology centres’ that support nanotechnology research and business in order to help fully exploit ‘regional nanotechnology potentials...
OECD releases Report looking to advance Policy Debate on Nano through Case-Study on its Application to Tyre Industry
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (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...