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News & Alerts

ECHA launches EU Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON)
ECHA has just launched the European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON). The EUON is a website in 23 EU languages that will aim to give citizens, workers and professionals access to information on nanomaterials on the EU market. The EUON will be launched in 3 steps, with additional information being made available at each step and is...
JRC report 'NanoREG framework for the safety assessment of nanomaterials' published
NIA welcomes publication of the JRC Science for Policy Report 'NANoREG framework for the safety assessment of nanomaterials'. The comprehensive report was co-authored by NIA's David Carlander from the collaborative work within the NANoREG project "A common European approach to the regulatory testing of nanomaterials", funded by the European...
Visit NIA at EuroNanoForum 2017
NIA is delighted to be sharing a stand at the EuroNanoForum 2017 with Joanneum Research, University of Leeds, INERIS,Tutech and National Research Centre for the Working Environment (NRCWE). The stand will hold discussion groups, workshops and other activities including a showcasing of industry developments in new sectors, safe-by-design  tools and...
NIA launches Regulatory Digest
6 April saw the launch of NIA's new regulatory service to Members, a monthly Regulatory Digest.  This newsletter will provide an ongoing review of regulatory changes and processes relevant to NIA members, activities from NIA within those processes and support available to Members.
2017 symposium in Brussels spring sunshine
NIA Members and the wider nano community came together in Brussels on a sunny spring day to lift the lid on latest global regulatory news and take a look at Safer by Design as a tool in sustainable business.
Nanotechnology among 2016-2018 Priority Topics for EFSA's Scientific Committee Risk Assessment Guidance
On 19 May 2016, the Scientific Committee of the European Food Safety Agency has adopted an opinion identifying priority topics for the development of risk assessment guidance in the years 2016-2018.
Report Finds No Food Safety Risk from Nanomaterials
Three prominent nanomaterials, silicion dioxide, titanium dioxide and nanosilver, pose no "significant health risk for food grade materials" while nanoclays and nanosilver do not 'migrate' when used in food packaging, according to new, peer-reviewed reports from Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), the government body responsible for food...
EFSA Publishes Safety Assessment of Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles
The European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA) has published an assessment of zinc oxide nanoparticles in food contact materials that recommends the European Commission reconsider safety migration levels (SMLs) to ensure they take into account dietary exposure from other sources.
NIA Director General Highlights Importance of Clear Regulations in Trade Publication
NIA's Director General, David Carlander, was interviewed for the trade publication, Chemistry World, this month on the new novel foods regulation update that was recently passed by the European Parliament.
Danish EPA releases Report on Nanomaterial Safety
The Danish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the final report of the 'Better Control of Nanomaterials' initiative
EFSA Publishes Scientific Opinon on Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles for Food Contact Materials
Prompted by the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) conducted a safety assessment study on the use of zinc oxide nanoparticles (coated and uncoated) in food contact materials
Nanomaterials added to EC approved List of Food Contact Materials
A regulation ‘amending and correcting’ EC Regulation 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food shows that three nanomaterials have been approved for such use. Furthermore another material has been amended to allow for the nanoform of it to be used
NanoRelease Project publishes Report on Food-relevant Nanomaterials
A paper published by the NanoRelease Food Additive project has been published by Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology. NIA is one of the partners of the NanoRelease project
UPDATE: Third NIA Members Quarterly Webinar - 17 December 2014 - Presentations now Available
Following on from the success of NIA's first and second NIA Members Quarterly Webinars, NIA held its third Quarterly Webinar on 17 December 2014 15:00 CET. The presentation from it has now been made available
UPDATE: European Parliament’s ENVI Committee votes to approve Moratorium on Nano in Food
The European Parliament ENVI Committee has voted to adopt a draft report that ‘proposed a moratorium on the use of nanomaterials in food, based on the precautionary principle’. The report is an amended version of the European Commission’s (EC) January 2014 proposal for a Regulation on Novel Foods 2013/0435 (COD)
Article describes Difficulties in characterising Nanomaterials in Food and Food Contact Materials
A recently published article that draws upon the work of the NanoRelease project has highlighted the complexity of measuring nanomaterials in foods. The authors state that, ‘due to the complexity and wide chemical and physical disparity of nanomaterials at different points in time from processing to ingestion, it is likely that no single method...
Publications from the ILSI NanoRelease Food Additive Project now freely available
The ILSI NanoRelease Food Additive Project, in which NIA participates, has recently published five scientific publications in the journal Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety. An earlier publication had been published in April 2014 in ACS nano
NIA EXCLUSIVE Document: NIA Status Update on European Regulations - June 2014
NIA has compiled an exclusive Members report giving a short and concise description and status update on EU regulations that have included specific provisions related to nanotechnology, and on regulations that are indirectly applicable to nanomaterials
US FDA publishes Nanotechnology Guidance for Industry Documents
Implementing the recommendations from its 2007 Nanotechnology Task Force Report, the US FDA published on 24 June 2014 three final guidance documents as well as one draft guidance document for nanotechnology applications in regulated products, including cosmetics and food substances. The documents ‘reflect the FDA’s current thinking’ and contain...
EFSA declares Silicon Dioxide, Silanated, as Safe for Use in all Food Contact Materials
EFSA has, upon investigation, concluded that ‘the substance silicon dioxide, silanated, does not raise a safety concern for the consumer in the currently authorised conditions of use’ and can be used in additives in all types of plastics ‘without restriction’. EFSA’s CEF Panel looked at the material following a request from the EC for re-...