As nano-specific language emerges in regulations and standards, issues related to waste will inevitably come into focus for nanomaterials.

While there is some initial activity at present, nanomaterials producers and users must plan ahead to demonstrate that their products can be safely managed throughout the production, use and disposal pathway.

At NIA’s symposium on March 27, 2019, regulatory, policy, research and industry perspectives will come together and discuss where the focus for nanomaterials in waste should be, differentiating between engineered NMs in products and novel particles generated through the disposal process. The symposium will discuss where policy focus will have the best effect for the environment and consumers and enable industry to deliver long term safety of products.

Join industrial producers of nanomaterials, expert service providers, end-users, policy makers and regulators at NIA’s 8th Annual Symposium, for a day of presentations, discussion and networking.

Topics include:

  • Nanotechnology in Industry 4.0. How the nanoscale is changing products, processes and business across sectors
  • Adding nano-value to products – making it happen. We explore how nanomaterials add value into a product and how NM producers can understand and support customers for successful uptake
  • Global regulatory and standards update. Latest news and looking into future trends and priorities across sectors and countries
  • Regulatory priorities. Discussion-driven session around topics core to regulatory compliance, with a focus on nanoforms in REACH as a core topic
  • What goes around – managing nano waste.  Understanding where nano waste is generated through production and use and how it can be managed, including regulatory issues.

Who should attend?

If you are active within commercial nanomaterials development or starting to become active, you should attend. 

NIA welcomes companies new to nanomaterials to help them understand successful integration into their processes and you will meet people who can share good practise and expert services.

Registration costs

NIA Members: Free of charge

Non-Members: €200. If your organisation joins within 8 weeks of the Symposium, the €200 fee is reimbursed (1 reimbursement per organisation).


Dr David Carlander - NIA Director of Regulatory Affairs

David has a PhD in clinical chemistry and started his career working within food related issues at the Swedish Ministry of Agriculture and National Food Administration.  This led to a role at the European Food Safety Authority in Italy, including the coordination of EFSA's work with nanomaterials during his 6 year position.  Since 2011, David has worked at NIA, working across REACH, agriculture and risk assessment.  He represents NIA at EU regulatory meetings, including the EC sub-group on Nanomaterials under REACH, and through NIA's stakeholder roles to ECHA and EFSA.

Dr Vera Chetty - Nonwovens Innovation & Research Institute (NIRI) Chief Technical Manager

Vera attained a Masters Degree in Textile Engineering and PhD in Computer Simulation of Wetting and Wicking Phenomena at the Technical University of Liberec, Czech Republic. Vera has many years of experience in research and development of nonwovens and technical textiles which she gained by working for numerous research institutions in several different countries. Vera’s main interest is in development of novel nonwoven products.

Dr Kai Paul –  Blue Frog Scientific Consultant

Kai works as a consultant for Blue Frog Scientific focusing on regulatory affairs and risk assessment in the EU. Kai runs the nanomaterial news page for Blue Frog Scientific and leads their nanomaterial activities. Kai has been an invited expert to many panels and workshops for nanomaterials under EU regulation  and helped run course on risk assessment of nanomaterials. Kai holds a PhD from Heriot-Watt University in Ecotoxicology of Nanomaterials.

Gregor Schneider – RAS AG Head of Department

After working 15 years for RAS, Gregor is now heading its business Unit ‘agpure nanosilver’. Gregor is responsible for business Development and  for all regulatory aspects on the nanostructured biocide nanosilver. Gregor detains a diploma in biology from the University of Regensburg.

Hilary Sutclife – SocietyInside & TIGTech Director

Hilary Sutcliffe is the Director of SocietyInside and TIGTech, a CSO, Business, Academic partnership exploring the earning of trust in technology governance. Hilary is co-chair of the World Economic Forum Global Futures Council on Values, Ethics and Innovatio and serves on several advisory boards. She has a MSc in Responsibility in Business Practice from the University of Bath.

Dr Tobias Walser -   Vereala  Founder and Managing Director

Tobias founded Vereala two years ago, before that he worked in risk assessment  of chemicals with a speciality in nanomaterials for the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health. Tobias holds a PhD in Fate and Exposure Assessment of Engineered Nanoparticles  from ETH Zurich and is a European Certified Toxicologist from the University of Geneva.