As recognition of Member priorities and highlighted ECHA concerns (see EUON article "Substances in nanoforms: urgent revision of REACH information requirements needed"), NIA is focussing on nanoforms and their grouping within its Global Regulatory Working Group.

The Working Group, launched in 2017, in response to Member requests, and each year addresses topics that are pivotal to the success of commercial nanomaterials development.  2018 priorities include addressing the diversity of nanomaterial definitions and the emerging uncertainties around nanoforms within REACH.

NIA will create resources to support Members in both these key areas, in addition to published position papers and representation to authorities and policy makers, to ensure that development of nanotechnologies across sectors can continue to grow their market access and benefit to products.

David Carlander, NIA's Director of Regulatory Affairs said "these topics are rather fundamental to the long term success of nanomaterials.  Certainty and consistency are what industry needs to invest and reach markets for maximum economic and societal return from nanomaterials".