News & Alerts
Posted on 6 Jan 2011
The last 12 months were eventful ones for the nanotechnology community, and the next 12 months already promise to easily top the events of 2010. The publication and implementation of regulatory nanomaterial definitions, and further reviews and amendments of national and federal regulations, such as mandatory reporting schemes, are just a few of...
OECD WPMN Updates: New List of OECD Nanomaterials & Compilation of Occupational Health & Safety Guidelines
Posted on 5 Dec 2010
The OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN) has added a further two publications to its OECD Publication Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials, numbers 27 and 28
Posted on 24 Nov 2010
The International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 229 and the British Standards Institution (BSI) nanotechnology Committee NTI/1 have published three documents related to standardization of nanotechnology and nanomaterials
Posted on 20 Nov 2010
Under the title Regulating Nanomedicine – Can FDA handle it?, a recent review article in WeSRCH (MedTech) online investigates the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) ability to fulfil its duty in providing 'clarity and legal certainty to manufacturer, policymakers, healthcare providers and the public' on the topic of nanomedicine
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 5 Oct 2010
The Reference Nanomaterials (RNMs) used in the Sponsorship Programme of the OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN) are now also available from LGC Standards, supplier of over 70000 reference materials in Europe.
Posted on 3 Oct 2010
The International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 229 has published another Techinical Specification related to the characterisation of single-wall carbon nanotubes
A common Language for Nanotechnologies: ISO publishes 'Methodology for Classification & Categorization of Nanomaterials'
Posted on 20 Aug 2010
The International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) has published a new technical report (TR) entitled Nanotechnologies – Methodology for the classification and categorization of nanomaterials’ (ISO/TR 11360:2010)
Posted on 13 Jul 2010
Only two weeks after the official publication of the EC JRC's Reference Report on the Considerations on a Definition of Nanomaterial for Regulatory Purposes (EUR 24403 EN), SCENIHR has published an opinion paper that aims to provide ‘advice on the essential scientific elements of a working definition for the term “nanomaterial” for regulatory...
Posted on 25 Jun 2010
In its Annual Report 2009, the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) summarises its continuing work on Nanotechnologies Standardisation
European Parliament to include Nanotechnologies in own Initiative Report on the 'Future of European Standardization'
Posted on 25 Jun 2010
During a European Parliament hearing on the Future of European Standardisation, held on the 23 June 2010 by the European Parliament Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO), MEPs decided to include nanotechnology, IT, communication and environmental protection in a portfolio of new areas to be covered by standardisations
Posted on 25 Mar 2009
The European Parliament approved the amended recast of the EU Cosmetics Directive, introducing the mention of ‘nanomaterials’ into an EU legislation. The text adopted during the first reading (24 March 2009) contains a number of references to nanomaterials
Posted on 30 Jan 2009
The Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) and Washington D.C. law firm Beveridge & Diamond are providing maximum benefit to all NIA members through an active working relationship between the two organisations
Posted on 17 Jun 2008
The EC has published its long-awaited Communication on Regulatory Aspects of Nanomaterials. The review covers nanomaterials currently in production and/or placed on the market and was conducted in order to support a claim in the previous EC Communication Nanosciences and nanotechnologies: an Action Plan for Europe 2005 – 2009
Posted on 17 May 2007
'Crucial to [the] advancements [of nanotechnologies] having an impact on climate change will be improving the public's understanding of nanotechnology's benefits, particularly with regards to health and safety issues, ensuring that the commercialisation process is not unnecessarily delayed,’ says Dr Steffi Friedrichs, Director of the NIA, today in...