News & Alerts
Posted on 10 Apr 2012
The NIA has submitted detailed comments to a proposal from the government of Switzerland that recommends activities relating to nanotechnologies and manufactured nanomaterials to be added to the Global Plan of Action of SAICM
Posted on 12 Mar 2012
The EC recommendation on the nanomaterials definition helps build confidence and "companies are in a better position to approach the perceived risks and take a more proactive stance" says NIA Director of Advocacy, Dr David Carlander, in an interview published in the 3rd edition of the ChemCon Daily
Posted on 23 Feb 2012
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published a press release stating that '[it] is currently preparing an update of its Guidance on Information Requirements and Chemical Safety Assessment based on the output of the European Commission's REACH Implementation Projects on Nanomaterials [RIP-oNs]'
European Commission and NIA publish 'NM-Series of Representative Manufactured Nanomaterials: Zinc Oxide'
Posted on 13 Jan 2012
The EC JRC, supported by the NIA and its member company BASF, has published the second report in a series on the NM- Series of Representative Manufactured Nanomaterials, Zinc Oxide NM-110, NM-111, NM-112, NM-113 Characterisation and Test Item Preparation. The report documents results obtained under the OECD WPMN Sponsorship Programme
Posted on 12 Jan 2012
"Nanotechnology has already become a reality in some areas and promises great things in others. However, the road to the nano future still includes a number of obstacles" starts a feature article in this month's issue of Chemistry & Industry. Dr Steffi Friedrichs, Director General of the NIA, contributed clarifications on nanotechnology in...
Posted on 16 Dec 2011
"NanoAgri is one of very many promising fields where the use of nanotechnologies can bring benefits to all parties involved in the agricultural chain, from input producers to farmers and consumers" comments Dr David Carlander, Director of Advocacy at the Nanotechnology Industries Association, in an exclusive interview with New AG International ...
Posted on 11 Dec 2011
The NIA recently shed light on the debate on the 'why and wherefore' of the EC's recent recommendation for a definition of the term 'nanomaterial' in the context of existing 'nano'-definitions: "The ISO definition is a technical definition, while the Commission's is a regulatory one," says Steffi Friedrichs, Director General of the NIA in an ...
Posted on 9 Dec 2011
The article EU Definition of Nanosubstances Could Boost Public Acceptance, Improve Regulations, published by the Meridian Institute on the 2 December 2011, discusses the content of the workshop entitled Defining Nano!? - Compliance Requirements & Market Impact of the EU Definition of 'Nanomaterials - organized by the NIA on the 30 November in...
Posted on 9 Nov 2011
On the 7 November 2011 the official launch of the European Research partnership project MARINA (MAnaging RIsks of NAnoparticles) was announced by the UK Institute of Occupational Medicine. As one of the project partners the NIA is responsible for the NM-Series materials and reference dossiers
Posted on 21 Oct 2011
In response to the European Commission's Recommendation on a Definition of Nanomaterials, the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) stated that the definition is too broad, saying it would add 'unnecessary burden' as well as legal uncertainty for companies. In addition fears were expressed that too many products would fall under the scope of...
Posted on 18 Oct 2011
The EC today released the final reports of two REACH Implementation Projects: RIP-oN2: Specific advice on fulfilling information requirements for nanomaterials under REACH and RIP-oN3: Specific advice on exposure assessment and Hazard/Risk Characterisation for nanomaterials under REACH. The NIA was a key collaborator in these projects
Posted on 19 Sep 2011
Dr David Carlander has joined the NIA as Director of Advocacy and Programme Manager of the Global-NanoMaPPP, the NIA's flagship Public-Private Partnership in the proactive safety assessment of nanomaterials
Posted on 12 Aug 2011
On Sunday 31 July 2011 a nanotechnology-related article, entitled In harm's way, was published by the UK's The Sunday Times. The article focuses on the amount of contaminants and other chemicals in our environment
Posted on 27 Jul 2011
Following the opinion published by the German BfR, entitled Safety of nano silver in consumer products: many questions remain open, the nanosilver debate came to life again. On the 2 May 2011 the SNWG issued a reply to the scientific opinion published by the BfR on the 12 March 2011. The response was entitled SNWG comments on BfR & nanosilver
European Commission and NIA publish First Set of Results from the OECD Sponsorship Programme on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials
Posted on 21 Mar 2011
The EC JRC, supported by the NIA and its member company RAS Materials, has published the first report in a series on the NM-Series of Representative Manufactured Nanomaterials. Entitled 300 Silver - Characterisation, Stability, Homogeneity, the report marks the start to the publication of the first set of results obtained under the OECD WPMN...
Posted on 28 Feb 2011
The NIA has urged the French Government to withdraw its Decree regarding the annual mandatory reporting of nanoparticulate substances placed on the market (décret relatif à la déclaration annuelle des substances à l'état nanoparticulaire mises sur le marché), which had been opened for public consultation until the 28 February 2011
Posted on 25 Feb 2011
The NIA congratulated EFSA on the publication of its Draft Scientific Opinion on Guidance on risk assessment concerning potential risks arising from applications of nanoscience and nanotechnologies to food and feed; the NIA specifically acknowledge the sound scientific foundation the draft opinion was based upon
Posted on 15 Feb 2011
Dr Steffi Friedrichs, Director General of the NIA, stated the Association's support of the EU's Ecolabel Board (EUEB) decision against an exclusion of nanomaterials from products eligible for the EU Ecolabel
Posted on 28 Jan 2011
A high-level meeting in Costa Rica welcomed Dr Rick Pleus, Member of the NIA Board of Directors, as a key-expert on nanotechnologies
NIA warns against Over-Interpretation of Toxicology Studies on commercially irrelevant Nanomaterials
Posted on 21 Jan 2011
The NIA has cautioned NGOs in the nanotechnology community not to over-interpret results of toxicology studies conducted on low volumes of bespoke-made nanoscale particles