Global Nanomaterials Safety

Promotion of science- and technology-based support for the safe and reliable advance and commercialisation of nanotechnologies is a core aim for NIA. Particularly important in achieving this is advanced cooperation both within the industrial community and between all stakeholders of nanotechnologies, in order to ultimately secure the societal and environmental benefits of nanotechnology.

NIA actively works for nanomaterial safety by participation in global fora like the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (i.e. OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials) and the International Organization on Standardization (ISO). NIA also sets up public-private partnerships in which stakeholders' needs and offerings are matched.

The collaborative approach employed has enabled NIA to be instrumental in advancing regulatory working groups towards an acceptance of a harmonised approach to data requirements on nanomaterials, as well as the sharing of data in OECD Harmonised Templates (OECD HTs) and under the Mutual Acceptance of Data (MAD). Through extended collaborations and consolidation of stakeholder requirements, NIA also aim at advancing the use of alternative testing for regulatory relevant safety requirements.

The specific activities and projects with NIA participation related to global nanomaterials safety are found under the NIA activity Nanomaterials Safety & EHS/OHS Policy. Notable projects are e.g. the NANoREG, PROSPEcTGlobal-NanoMaPPP and MARINA.

Support for NIA Members:
NIA provide support to NIA Members in the area of Global Nanomaterials Safety

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ECHA publishes new guidance documents for nanomaterials

On 25th of May, ECHA published five documents related to nanomaterials. These documents, 4 which are guidance documents and one which is a recommendation how to prepare REACH registration dossiers containing nanoforms. All these documents are valuable for the 2018 registration deadline as well as for already registered substances. 

Safe by Design workshop slides published

NIA was part of a multi-project consortium that delivered the 2 day workshop "Nanomaterials: Industrial workshop on Safe by Design" in Bilbao on April 24-25, managed by the project Nanogentools.

Projects dedicated to building the concept and tools behind Safe by Design came together, including:

JRC report 'NanoREG framework for the safety assessment of nanomaterials' published

NIA welcomes publication of the JRC Science for Policy Report 'NANoREG framework for the safety assessment of nanomaterials'.
The comprehensive report was co-authored by NIA's David Carlander from the collaborative work within the NANoREG project "A common European approach to the regulatory testing of nanomaterials", funded by the European Union's 7th Framework Programme.