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2015 Nanotechnology Industries Association Annual Sympoisum Announced
  Nanotechnology industries are at a tipping point. After decades of investment, nanotechnology is changing how we take our medicine, grow our food, build our cars, and more. In the future, new products that can benefit people across the globe, from rural communities to bustling metropolises, will come to the market at an...
NIA EXCLUSIVE Consultation - EU Scientific Committee seeks Opinion on Testing Guidance and on Nano-Hydroxyapatite – DEADLINE – 5 January 2016
The Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety of the European Commission (SCCS) has recently opened two consultations on nanomaterials in cosmetics that are set to be closed on 8 January 2015. The SCCS is seeking comments on a draft Opinion on Hydroxyapatite (nano) in cosmetics ; the committee states that the evidence provided ‘is insufficient to...
Oeko-Institut opens Consultation on Two RoHS Exemptions for Cadmium Quantum Dots
The Oeko-Institut has opened a consultation on the re-evaluation of two requests to renew select exemptions for cadmium quantum dots (Cd QD) under the Restrictions of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (RoHS2). The organisation is authorized by the European Commission to evaluate exemption requests and determine...
European Parliament approves the Novel Foods Regulation with Nano-specific Provisions
On 28 October, the Plenary session of the European Parliament approved the Novel Foods Regulation by 359 to 202 votes with 127 abstentions, the text will now have to be ratified by the Council of the European Union before it enters into force. The Regulation on Novel Foods 2013/0435(COD) aims to replace a 1997 regulation with updated rules,...
French Member of Parliament and Government exchange on the Labelling of Products containing Nanoparticles
The Secretary of State for Trade, Crafts, Consumption and Social and Solidarity Economy replied to a written question of Mr René Rouquet from the National Assembly on nanoparticles in consumer products [link in French]. In his written question, the Member of Parliament underlined the ‘absence of information on the use of nanoparticles in consumer...
New Nanomatrerial Safety Document Released by OECD
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released the 58th document in their 'Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials,' Developments on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials: 2013. The new resource "compiles information...on current developments on the safety of manufactured nanomaterials" and is intended...
ECHA Executive Director Urges European Commission to Finalise REACH Annex Revisions for Nanomaterials
Today, the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety of the European Parliament hosted Mr Geert Dancet, Executive Director of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), for a presentation and discussion on chemical safety regulation progress (begins at 2:25:00). During the session, Mr Dancet urged the European Commission to finalise ...
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.   NIA Members are invited to follow this link to reply to the questionnaire. The deadline for comments is 10 November 2015.
Proposed Update to Regulation on Novel Foods is ‘Unworkable’
Changes are vague, unclear and risk countless products from SMEs across Europe being caught in unnecessary regulation 24 Sept 2015, Brussels –In October, the European Union Parliament is expected to vote on legislation that repeals Regulation No 258/97 and replaces it with ‘Regulation on Novel Foods 2013/045(COD)’, which will fundamentally...
Horizon 2020 Draft Work Programme Released by European Commission
The European Commission has published draft versions of the Horizon 2020 work programmes for 2016-2017. The final editions are expected to be released on in mid-October, however, advance drafts allow stakeholders to begin identifying potential areas of interest. The Nanotechnology Industries Association is currently analysing these programmes on...
European Commission Science Committee on Consumer Safety to Evaluate Nano Titanium Dioxide
The European Commission has formally requested an evaluation of titanium dioxide from their Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS). The SCCS had previously assessed titanium dioxide in 2013 and determined that at a concentration up to 25%, it posed no risk to people when used as a UV-filter, however, considered it unsuitable for use in...
NanoValid Project Requests Industry Feedback On Reference Material Needs
The NanoValid project, an EC FP7 funded initiative, has issued a questionnaire for the nanotechnology industry to provide feedback on nanomaterial reference needs. The brief, 8-question requests information such as reasons for taking nanomaterials to market, current reference sources, and current data requirements. The project will combine and...
EUFP7 Sustainable Nanotechnologies Project Requests Feedback on Risk Management Practices
The European Union Framework seven (EUFP7) Sustainable Nanotechnologies (SUN) project, which is currently developing software to facilitate safe and sustainable nanomaterial manufacturing and risk assessment, has released a 12-question survey to help guide the development of their technological alternatives and risk management measures (TARMM)...
European Chemicals Agency Issues Proceedings from Nanomaterials Workshop
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published a new 61-page report chronicling the proceedings of the Topical Scientific Workshop: Regulatory Challenges in the Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials held in October 2014 in Helsinki, Finland. The event brought together nearly 200 experts in nanomaterial risk assessment including academics,...
OECD Releases New Publications on Nanomaterial Risk Assessment
This month, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released two new publications providing guidance to nanomaterial developers on risk assessment, measurement and mitigation. The first, Guidance Manual Towards the Integration of Risk Assessment into Life Cycle Assessment of Nano-Enabled Applications, advises companies on...
NanoDefine Project Seeks Input from Companies with Particle Sizing Experience
NanoDefine, a European FP7 research project developing integrated approaches to implementing the European Commission nanomaterial definition recommendation, is seeking input from companies with experience in various nanomaterial sizing techniques. One of NanoDefine's key objectives is to assess nanomaterial measuring techniques, reference material...
Belgium Releases Nanomaterials Registry Guidance
This week, Belgium's Federal Public Service (FPS) for Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment issued guidance for companies preparing to register nanomaterials used in the country. All nanosubstances must be registered before 1 January 2016 and mixtures containing nanosubstances must be registered before 1 January 2017. Any products released...
Dutch National Institute for Health and Environment Launches Nanotech Exposure Tool
The National Institute for Health and Environment in the Netherlands has released a new tool to help companies and researchers evaluate exposure by simulating how nanomaterials will act when used as part of an aerosol spray . The ConsExpo Nano, which was developed as part of the NanoNextNI project, Predictive Modeling of Human Exposure,  ...
Nanotechnology Industries Association Announces New Director General
  Board of Directors selects senior leader Dr. David Carlander to replace Dr. Steffi Friedrichs as Director General 25 August 2015, Brussels, Belgium – The Board of Directors for the Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA), the sector-independent and responsible voice for the industrial nanotechnologies supplies chain, has formally...
UK Releases Report on Workplace Exposure and Controls During Nanomaterial Manufacturing
This week, the United Kingdom's Health and Safety Laboratory, a division of the Health and Safety Executive,  issued a report assessing how employees encounter airborne nanomaterials during their manufacture, handling and use, as well as the steps companies are taking to ensure safe exposure rates. The study was limited in scope, assessing only...