Databases & Reporting Schemes

The reporting of nanomaterials has been at the heart of nanotechnology stakeholder debates for the past few years; demands for formalised reporting schemes originate from a number of reasons, ranging from governments’ wishes to know what is on their local market to calls for ‘the consumer’s right to know’ made by NGOs and consumer organisations, to market analysts’ and policy makers’ interest in the extent of innovation through and commercialisation of nanomaterials.

Diverse concepts for information gathering schemes have emerged; some regulatory authorities sought simple notification of raw materials on the nanoscale as part of an existing substance- or chemical authorisation process, while others have set up complex paper traceability schemes that are applicable throughout a supply chain, that enable the registration of nanomaterials in both raw material form and in final consumer products and waste disposal contexts.

Over the last few years, a number of approaches to reporting have been proposed and implemented. Industries and research organisations working with nanomaterials have been subjected either to approaches based on voluntary reporting or on mandatory reporting:

Voluntary Reporting Schemes:NIA Database & Reporting Scheme Services

Mandatory Reporting Schemes:

 

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NIA provides specific support and information to its Members to address Databases and Reporting Schemes.

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NANoREG and ProSafe Industry Meeting 31 January

On 31 January, the two EU projects NANoREG and ProSafe will have a dedicated industry meeting to present and discuss some of the reports produced. 

The aim of the meeting is to present and discuss several of the main outcomes and reports from these two large EU projects on Nanomaterials Health and Safety. Both these projects are coming to an end in the first half of 2017 and many of the outcomes, reports and deliverables are of high relevance for industries working with nanomaterials/nanotechnologies. 

NIA welcomes the Agreement on the Development of the European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials (EU-ON)

On 7 December, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and the European Commission formally agreed to start working on a nanomaterial observatory.

This approach was retained as one of the possible ways to improve transparency for nanomaterials in the European Union. In 2014, an impact assessment commissioned by the EC had identified of transparency measures ranging from status quo to a mandatory nanomaterial register.