NIA hopeful over H2020 Nanotech Funding
In an interview with Pan-European Networks, published on the Horizon 2020 Projects platform, NIA highlights the pivotal role Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) can play within the upcoming Horizon 2020 framework
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Consultation: Possible modification of REACH Annexes - Deadline 9 April, 2013
A discussion on possible adaptations to the REACH Annexes to include nanomaterial considerations is being scheduled to take place at an upcoming meeting with the European Commission, Members States Competent Authorities and Stakeholders. The NIA will be present and the Association asks its Members to provide input and feedback on their views on...
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Consultation: Nano Register to increase transparency and ensure regulatory Oversight of Nanomaterials
NIA Members are invited to present their views on a document outlining steps to increase transparancey and ensure regulatory oversight of nanomaterials
NIA urges Environment Agency Austria to remove References that categorise Nanomaterials as ‘Substances of highest Concern’ from RoHS 2 Review
In its comments on the Study for the Review of the List of Restricted Substances under RoHS 2 Directive (commissioned by DG Environment (EC); conducted by Environment Agency Austria), the NIA urged Environment Agency Austria to remove a general reference that categorises all nanomaterials as ‘substances of highest concern’
ECHA Evaluation Report provides Recommendations for 2013 Registration
In its newly published Evaluation Report 2012, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) presents the main shortcomings that the agency has encountered in registration dossiers submitted by the first 2010 registration deadline
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Consultation: NanoEIS Project looking for Industry Respondents for Survey
The EU funded project NanoEIS is conducting a questionnaire looking into personnel trained in nanotechnology within the European Labour Market. This is with the aim of determining the relevance of existing nanotechnology education in secondary and higher education to the needs of employers and wider industry
NIA Members Consultation: High-level NIA Panel Appearance on the European Commission 2nd Regulatory Review Workshop
The Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) has been invited to present the NIA's opinion on the topic 'Why is existing regulation sufficient to ensure safe use of nanomaterials and what can industry do to generate trust?' as part of a high-level panel including European Commission officials.
NIA Members Exclusive Consultation - Deadline: 15 February 2013
The US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has launched a 'Request for Information and Comment' of the scientific data on silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) to ascertain the potential health risks to workers and to identify gaps in knowledge'. The Consultation is open only to NIA Members.
NIA Members Exclusive Consultation - Deadline: 21 January 2013
NIA Members are invited to provide comments in relation to an upcoming meeting with ECHA. The Consultation is open only to NIA Members.
Danish NGOs unveil nano-Product Database
The Danish Consumer Council and the Danish Ecological Council have unveiled a 'nanodatabase' identifying 'more than 1,200 products that may contain nanomaterials'. The NGOs believe this will 'increase transparency for consumers as to where nanomaterials are used', thereby avoiding both 'uncertainty among consumers' and 'further damage [to] the...
Danish EPA: reporting Schemes will reduce Innovation Potential of nano Companies
Following Denmark's decision to establish a 'nano-product database' in September 2012, the Danish EPA conducted a study assessing the impact such a database would have on the nanotechnology industries. The agency found that 'innovation potential will be impaired' and that 'the increased financial costs related to reporting will be transferred to...
BASF publishes nano Communication Recommendations following completion of its Dialog Forum Nano Initiative
BASF has published the final report of its Dialog Forum Nano project for the 2011/12 period. In it the company describes seven areas that manufacturers of nanomaterials should provide information on in order to improve 'transparency in communication...to consumers'
Health Canada considers nano Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide safe to use in Sunscreens
Health Canada has published a draft of its Guidance Document: Sunscreen Monograph. This document 'identifies the permitted ingredients' for sunscreen products in the country, and describes 'the requirements necessary to receive marketing authorization'. Included amongst the ingredients listed are nanoscale zinc oxide and nanoscale titanium dioxide
Iranian INIC publishes its Statnano Database
The Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council (INIC) has published its 'Statnano Database' online. It is a comparison of the global ranking of countries in the field of nanotechnology, based on the number of patents published between 2009 and 2011
Denmark to build Database on Products containing Nano
The Danish Ministry of the Environment has announced that a database of nanotechnology-related products in the country will be constructed. It is hoped that this will aid the ministry's assessment of the safety issues related to the technology
Chinese and Brazilian Authorities to sign Nanotechnology Patent Agreement
China's National Centre for Research in Nanotechnology Engineering and Brazil's National Nanotechnology Laboratory are set to 'sign a cooperation programme to share the benefits of future patents'
Swiss Organisation to coordinate EU FP7 Project ''SMART-NANO''
A new European Commission (EC) seventh Framework Program (FP7) project has been approved, and will receive EURO 3.5 million of funding
France details mandatory Nanomaterial reporting Plan
An order has been published by the French Department of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy which describes how content and submissions are to be made as part of the country's annual declaration of nanoparticle substances
ICCR discusses Nanomaterials at Meeting; set to release two Nanotechnology Documents
The US FDA has recently published a document detailing the results of the sixth annual meeting of the ICCR. The report, entitled International Cooperation on Cosmetics Regulation (ICCR): Outcomes of the Meeting Held July 10-13, 2012, states that discussion amongst the multinational delegation focused on, among other things, nanomaterials
European Parliament STOA publishes Report on 'NanoSafety'
The European Parliament's STOA has published a report entitled NanoSafety - Risk Governance of Manufactured Nanoparticles. The document, published by the EP's DG for Internal Policies, 'deals with the potential EHS risks of engineered nanomaterials'