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News & Alerts

NANoREG Harmonised Terminology for EHS Assessment of Nanomaterials is Released
As part of the NANoREG project financed by the European Commission (NIA is an active partner and work package leader in NANoREG), the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission has published the NANoREG Harmonised Terminology for Environmental Health and Safety Assessment of Nanomaterials
NIA Exclusive Consultation: The role of standards in your company
As part of the Membership of NIA to nanotechnology standardisation committees, and on behalf of BSI NTI/1 - Nanotechnologies, the Association has put together a short Members survey on the use of nanotechnology standards
ISO/IEC Survey on Standardisation Needs in Graphene and other 2D Materials - Deadline 21 November 2014
NIA Member the National Physics Laboratory (NPL) is collecting information on the standardisation needs in graphene and other 2D materials in the form of an online survey. This initiative has been undertaken on behalf of the ISO/TC 229 JWG2, and IEC/TC113
US NIST develops World’s Smallest Reference Material
US NIST recently issued ‘the smallest known reference material ever created’, RM 8027. RM 8027 ‘consists of five hermetically sealed ampoules containing one millilitre of silicon nanoparticles – all certified to be close to 2 nanometres in diameter – suspended in toluene’
EC Joint Research Centre publishes Characterisation and Preparation Info for Cerium Dioxide Representative Test Materials
The EC's JRC has today published a new Science and Policy Report, Cerium Dioxide, NM-211, NM-212, NM-213. Characterisation and test item preparation. The report ‘presents the physico-chemical characterisation of Representative Test Materials (RTMs) of manufactured nano cerium dioxide’, with the aim that they ‘may be used as representative material...
OECD-ISO Joint Meeting Report highlights Need for Updates to OECD Test Guidelines
The OECD has released a new document, Report of the OECD Expert Meeting on the Physical Chemical Properties of Manufactured Nanomaterials and Test Guidelines. The meeting, which brought together members of the OECD WPMN and ISO TC/229, was attended by NIA. The report presents an overview of ‘the discussion and recommendations derived from the...
ISO publishes two Nano Toxicology Standards
ISO TC/229 has recently published two new standards: ISO/TR 16197:2014 – Nanotechnologies – Compilation and description of toxicological screening methods for manufactured nanomaterials; and ISO/TS 16550:2014 – Nanotechnologies – Determination of silver nanoparticles potency by release of muramic acid from Staphylococcus aureus
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Consultations on ISO and IEC Standards - Deadlines: 23 May and 17 June 2014
NIA Members are invited to contribute to a ISO/IEC new work item proposal on vocabulary for graphene and to three other IEC/TC 113 documents
NIA EXCLUSIVE Document: NIA Meeting Report from the March 2014 CEN/TC 352 Meeting
NIA attended the CEN/TC 352 - Nanotechnologies meeting that was held between 19-21 March 2014
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Consultation - CEN/TC 352 TS Responsible Nanotechnologies - DEADLINE: 2 May 2014
CEN/TC 352 is currently developing a technical specification on the responsible development of nanotechnologies, originally entitled Nano-responsible development — Integration of risk and benefit assessment in the production, marketing and use of nanotechnologies, nanomaterials and/or products incorporating nanomaterials
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Consultation: CEN/TC 352 and ISO/229 Documents up for Comments - DEADLINE: 3 & 26 March 2014
NIA Members are invited to contribute to two standardisation documents from CEN/TC 352 and ISO/TC 229
CEN/CENELEC clarifies future Nano Activities in its 2014 Work Programme
CEN and CENELEC have published their 2014 work programme for European Standardization and related activities. Amongst other topics, the document contains a section outlining what work will be done on nanotechnologies
UPDATE: NIA-Nano KTN Meeting Report: Current Developments in Standards and Regulation for Nanotechnologies
On 19 March 2013, NIA co-hosted an event entitled Current Developments in Standards and Regulation for Nanotechnologies with the Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN) at the UK's National Physics Laboratory's (NPL) facilities in Teddington, United Kingdom
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Briefing: ISO/TS 13830:2013 Nanotechnologies – Guidance on voluntary labelling for Consumer Products containing manufactured Nano-objects
ISO published a new technical specification (TS), ISO/TS 13830:2013 Nanotechnologies – Guidance on voluntary labelling for consumer products containing manufactured nano-objects on 6 December 2013. This provides guidance on the voluntary labelling of consumer products containing manufactured nano-objects. The publication of this TS echoes a number...
NIA highlights how Nanotechnology can aid Sustainability Efforts
NIA’s Director General Steffi Friedrichs stated in an interview with Innovation International that ‘nanotechnologies are already used in many industrial processes and incorporated in intermediate and final products, allowing greener, more economic and more sustainable processes in the case of the former, and increased functionalities and...
NIA voted in as Category A Liaison for ISO Nanotechnology Technical Committee
On 17 April 2013 the NIA officially became a Category A liaison member for the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) Technical Committee on Nanotechnologies (TC/229). Votes were cast by 30 of the committee’s members; there were 24 yes votes, which easily surpassed the 2/3 voting requirement
ISO publishes second Part of Nanotechnology Occupational Risk Management Standard
ISO has made available for purchase ISO/TS 12901-2: 2014. Published by TC/229, this standard ‘describes the use of a control banding approach for controlling the risks associated with occupational exposures to nano-objects, and their aggregates and agglomerates greater than 100nm (NOAA), even if knowledge regarding their toxicity and quantitative...
ISO issues new Guidance for Nano Labelling of Consumer Products
The Technical Committee on Nanotechnologies of the international Organization for Standardization (ISO/TC 229) has released its Guidance on Voluntary Labelling for Consumer Products containing Manufactured Nano-Objects (ISO/TS 13830:2013)
NIA EXCLUSIVE Document: CEN/TC 352 Meeting Report, 30 September - 2 October 2013
NIA attended the CEN/TC 352 meeting that was held between 30 September and 2 October 2013 at the UK NPL campus in Teddington, United Kingdom; a full meeting report is available to NIA Members
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Consultation: Two New IEC 80004 series on Nano-enabled electrotechincal and photonic Products and Systems – Deadline: 10 January 2014
NIA Members are invited to comment on two IEC/TC 113 - Nanotechnology Standardization for electrical and electronic Products and Systems committee drafts for new items in the standards 80004 nanotechnology vocabulary series