NIA Members active in the textile industries are supported through several existing NIA Activities & Projects; in collaboration with its Members as well as external stakeholders, NIA frequently initiates new bespoke projects:
- NIA frequently provides the industries with text- and impact-analyses of proposed regulations, such as the US EPA's conditional registration of a new nano-Silver-based Materials Preservative in textiles and its impacts on other EPA regulated products.
- NIA regularly delivers sector specific presentations at international conferences and workshops.
- NIA provides peek overviews of the applications of nanotechnologies to the textile industries to high level audiences, such as CENTEXBEL, the Belgian Textile Research Centre.
- NIA proactively supports R&D projects in collaboration with the textiles industry, such as the NanoSilver Network and the LICARA project.
NIA actively promotes the benefits of nanotechnologies in several industry sectors. To the textiles industry, NIA provides overviews how nanotechnology brings new perspectives for products, with specific emphasis being laid on the reduced risks for the health and the environment of antimicrobial textiles using nanosilver compared to traditional non-nano biocides.
In its weekly newsletter NIA regularly summarises international developments in the textile sector. NIA has a large developed network in the textile sector ranging from Competent Authorities and EU directorates to legal advisors for supporting compilation and submission of application dossiers for authorisations. Benefiting from a long lasting experience with regulators, NIA actively supports its Members in providing regulatory monitoring and topical alerts and briefings.