News & Alerts
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
Posted on 19 Nov 2010
The NIA has submitted detailed comments to the public consultation on the Proposal for European Commission definition of the term 'nanomaterial'. In its comments on the recommended definition, the Association strongly urges the European Commission to conduct an impact assessment for the recommended definition before a final definition of the term...
Posted on 16 Nov 2010
'Asking what information the REACH registration process will or will not produce about nanomaterials is the wrong question,' says Dr Steffi Friedrichs, Director General of the NIA; 'Instead, the key point is that the NIA is working on the largest contribution that industry makes to the OECD's programme on the safety testing of a representative set...
NIA provides Analysis and Advocay Position on Nano-specific Provisions in the Revision of the Novel Foods Regulation
Posted on 10 Nov 2010
In January 2008 the Commission published a proposal for revision of the Novel Foods Regulation (EC) No 258/97. On 7 July 2010 MEPs voted on the revised Novel Foods legislation at a second reading. The NIA has been following with much attention the chain of amendments proposed by the Council and Parliament regarding nanomaterials in foods, which...
Harmonised Terminologies facilitate International Commerce - NIA comments on California's proposed Green Chemistry Regulation
Posted on 1 Nov 2010
The NIA has provided comments on California's Green Chemistry Proposed Regulation for Safer Consumer Products. A member of the CalNIN Regulatory Committee, the NIA supported Network's Regulatory Committee in the collation and submission of comments to the Safer Consumer Product Alternatives Regulation, proposed and published by the California DTSC...
Posted on 24 Sep 2010
The NIA together with several of its members contributed an article to the UK Science Park Association Journal. The article is entitled Nanotechnology - Scaling up for manipulation and control, and has been published in Issue 24 (September 2010, pages 35 and 36) of the journal
Posted on 21 Sep 2010
Following the Belgian Presidency's proposal for a mandatory register of nanomaterials, and the overwhelming resonance this proposal struck amongst other European Member States, it's clear that these national regulations will go forward and that the worse-case scenario will be for industries to be faced with nanomaterial-specific regulations in at...
Posted on 16 Sep 2010
'Any definition of the term 'nanomaterial' for regulatory purposes should...be based on scientific and technical criteria that uniquely describe phenomena resulting from the spatial confinement of a material', commences the detailed evidence which the NIA has submitted to the Public Consultation on the proposed SCENIHR Opinion on 'Scientific...
Posted on 14 Jun 2010
'Every transistor in a computer chip would...include a hazardous substance,' Steffi Friedrichs, Director General of the NIA, comments on the recent vote of the European Parliament’s ENVI Committee to support a set of amendments to the RoHS Directive, which includes a call for labelling of ‘nanomaterials’, identified as such according to a...
Posted on 28 Apr 2010
In collaboration with Oakdene Hollins and the Univeristy of Nottingham, the NIA has started a project aiming to develop a methodology for estimating, in monetary terms, the benefits of nanotechnology
Posted on 19 Feb 2010
The Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) has submitted consolidate comments to the European Commission Consultation, Towards a Strategic Nanotechnology Action Plan (SNAP) 2010-2015. The electronic submission tool was somewhat restrictive, and many answers needed to be given in a multiple-choice format
Posted on 18 Feb 2010
In the latest Issues of Nanomaterials World (Volume 6, Issues 7, 17 February 2010), Dr Steffi Friedrichs, Director General of the NIA, describes the aim and potential outcome of the NIA’s two new project concerned with REACH Implementation Plans on Nanomaterials (RIP-oNs): Scientific and technical Support on Nanomaterials’
Posted on 12 Feb 2010
The NIA has provided comments to Proposal for Regulatory Reform of Industrial Nanomaterials, published as part of a public consultation by the Australian NICNAS in November 2009
Nanomaterials under the new European Cosmetics Regulation — NIA helps clarifying the Requirements and Consequences
Posted on 4 Feb 2010
In a joint Correspondence to the Editor in the journal Nature Nanotechnology (February 2010, Volume 5, No. 2), Diana M Bowman, Geert van Calster, and the NIA's Steffi Friedrichs summarise last year’s passing of the first nano-specific legislation: the European Union’s new regulation on cosmetic products
Posted on 29 Jan 2010
Two contracts concerning the development of specific advice on the assessment of nanomaterials under REACH have been awarded by the EC's JRC-IHCP to a consortium led by SAFENANO (Institute of Occupational Medicine), and including the Nanotechnology Industries Association, Cefic, and Soluzioni Informatiche
Posted on 14 Jan 2010
In an interview with the German business magazine Wirtschaftswoche (WiWo) (14 January 2010) Dr Steffi Friedrichs, Director General of the NIA, warns of the potentially negative effects resulting from ill-designed product labels: ‘If the ‘nano’-label is placed on the front of a product pack, it would turn into a ‘warning-label’', she comments with...
Posted on 18 Dec 2009
Il y a un report spécial de ‘nanotechnologies’ dans ce numéro du Forward - le magazine d'opinion de la Fédération des Entreprises de Belgique (FEB) : avec un titre de L’avancée discrète des nanotechnologies – La nano devient macro en couverture, on trouve des articles (Forward, Décembre 2009)
Posted on 2 Nov 2009
A coalition of seven high-tech industries associations, led by SEMI (Semiconductor, Equipment and Materials International), has published comments on the EC's Communication Preparing for our future: Developing a common strategy for key enabling technologies in the EU (COM(2009) 512)
Posted on 30 Jun 2009
Following the written comments which the NIA submitted to the UK House of Lords enquiry on Nanotechnologies and Food, Dr Steffi Friedrichs, Director of the NIA, was invited as a witness to give evidence in front of the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee I
Posted on 15 Jun 2009
‘Industry has been upfront about its use of promising new technologies and that companies go to great lengths to ensure products are safe’, confirms Steffi Friedrichs, Director of the NIA, at a Trans Atlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) event held in Brussels on the 10 June 2009