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News & Alerts

NIA provides Comments on EFSA Draft Opinion
In a joint effort the Confederation of the Food and Drink Industries in the EU (CIAA) and the NIA developed and provided comments to the Draft Opinion of the Scientific Committee on the Potential Risks Arising from Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies on Food and Feed Safety, published for public consultation by EFSA on 17 October 2008
US EPA plans interim Evaluation of its Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program
The US Environment Protection Agency (EPA) published in its Fall 2008 Regulatory Agenda (released on the 24 November 2008) an announcement about the next steps in its Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program (NMSP)
No Support for Mandatory Reporting of Manufactured Nanomaterials
The latest ENDS Report features an article on the recently launched report on Novel Materials in the Environment: The case of nanotechnology by the UK Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (RCEP)
US EPA asks for Public Comments on Nanosilver Petition
The US Environmental Protection Agency published a Notice of Availability in the Federal Register, making available for public review and comments a petition for rulemaking and collateral relief, filed by the International Center for Technology Assessment (ICTA) and others
NIA welcomes Report published by the UK Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution
The NIA published a full comment on the 27th Report of the UK Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (RCEP), entitled Novel Materials in the Environment: The case of nanotechnology. In its opening remarks, the NIA points out that it ‘welcomes the RCEP report, and supports many of its findings and recommendations’
UK Royal Commission on environmental Pollution finds ‘no Evidence of Nanomaterials causing Harm’
The UK RCEP has launched a report entitled Novel Materials in the Environment: The case of nanotechnology. The Commission explains that the underlying study was originally described to examines issues related ‘novel materials’, but that, the evidence received by the Commission was almost entirely focused on manufactured nanomaterials
Nanotechnologies to support the Competitiveness of the European Microelectronic Industry
SEMI has published a White Paper entitled 6 Recommendations to the European Union and National Governments to Increase Europe’s Microelectronic Industry Competitiveness (SEMI White Paper). The paper identifies nanotechnologies as a core enabling technology to the advancement of the European semiconductor industries
EFSA opens Public Consultation on its Draft Opinion on Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies
Following the publication of its Draft Opinion of the Scientific Committee on the Potential Risks Arising from Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies on Food and Feed Safety, the European Food and Safety Authority (EFSA) today launched a public consultation on this draft scientific opinion
US EPA to seek Public Comments on Nanosilver Petition
The US EPA is expected to soon publish a call for public comment on the Nanosilver Petition (Citizen’s petition for rulemaking to the United States Environment Protection Agency), which was filed by on the 1 May 2008.  The legal petition demands EPA to use its FIFRA authority, in order to regulate nanosilver as a new pesticide
Coalition of Trade Associations comments on Plans for Nanomaterials under REACH
The four trade associations CEFIC, NIA, Eurometaux, and IMA Europe have submitted joint comments on two documents presented by the European Commission to the first meeting of the newly-established REACH Competent Authorities sub-group on Nanomaterials (CASG-Nano), held on the 1 and 2 July 2008
Lux Research launches Cleantech Report
Lux Research, a New York based market analyst firm, has introduced the Cleantech Report™; according to the press release, the report is the first information resource to provide comprehensive analysis of cleantech - offering proprietary data, unbiased analyses, and fresh insights in emerging energy and environmental technologies
"Nanomaterials’ use is only going to keep growing’
A new report from Lux Research revealed that $147 billion worth of nano-enabled products were produced in 2007; this figure is expected to grow to $3.1 trillion in 2015
NIA wins major Grant for Nanomaterials Test
The NIA has received the first go-ahead on its proposed inter-disciplinary research project, entitled PROSPEcT​; the project represents a 50:50 public-private-partnership with the UK DEFRA to support the OECD Sponsorship Programme on Manufactured Nanomaterials
Review of ‘Regulatory Aspects of Nanomaterials’ released by European Commission
The EC has published its long-awaited Communication on Regulatory Aspects of Nanomaterials. The review covers nanomaterials currently in production and/or placed on the market and was conducted in order to support a claim in the previous EC Communication Nanosciences and nanotechnologies: an Action Plan for Europe 2005 – 2009
Swedish Chemical Agency recommends precautionary Measures for Nanotechnology
The Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI) published a report entitled with the question Nanotechnology – high risks with small particles? The report is described as ‘A compilation of available knowledge concerning risks for health and environment from nanotechnology, and proposals on measures for how to fill the identified knowledge gaps'
NIA clarifies: Study on Carbon Nanotubes doesn’t mean that Workers or Consumers are at Risk
Following the publication of a study suggesting that multi-walled carbon nanotubes follow a ‘fibre paradigm’, Matthew Dalton investigates for The Wall Street Journal how nanotechnology will be regulated under REACH, the new European chemical legislation that comes into force on 1 June 2008
Scientists support Industries' Safety Claims
The nanotechnology industries remain assured by their occupational and product safety measures throughout the heated debate surrounding the publication of a toxicology study suggesting that multi-walled carbon nanotubes follow a ‘fibre paradigm’ observed - amongst in other fibres - in asbestos
Carbon Nanotube News travels fast
The publication of a toxicology study entitled Carbon nanotubes introduced into the abdominal cavity of mice show asbestos like pathogenicity in a pilot study by Nature Nanotechnology Advanced Online Publications has received widespread media attention
US Coalition of NGOs petition EPA to regulate Silver Nanoparticles
A coalition of consumer protection, health and environmental groups have filed a legal petition with the US EPA demanding the agency halt the sale of consumer products containing silver nanoparticles. Silver nanoparticles are incorporated in an increasing number of consumer products due to their antimicrobial properties
Positive effect of Nanosilver might be overshadowed by environmental Concerns
Researchers from the University of Missouri have raised concerns about a potential increase of anti-microbial silver particles in waste water: ‘Because of the increasing use of silver nanoparticles in consumer products, the risk that this material will be released into sewage lines, wastewater treatment facilities, and, eventually, to rivers,...