NIA Member Solvay to use blockchain for a smooth-running circular economy
NIA Member Solvay has begun testing blockchain technology to trace its products throughout the entire value chain, in a drive to facilitate recycling and develop the circular economy. As part of the European Union-funded Chemchain project, Solvay will participate in a Proof of Concept exercise scheduled to be completed by mid-2021.  Read the full...
NIA Announces New Director General
The Board of Directors of NIA has formally appointed Chiara Venturini to the post of Director General.
OECD project NanoAOP publishes series of reports on their contribution towards the future development and application of AOPs
The OECD project NanoAOP published in December 2020 their contribution towards the future development and application of AOPs for manufactured nanomaterial regulatory decision making by following the principles established by the OECD. The contributions are represented in a series of OECD reports and contributes:  (i)  a  systematic  process  for...
SCCS publishes a priority list of nanomaterials for risk assessment in their final publication regarding “Scientific advice on the safety of nanomaterials in cosmetics”
The SCCS has published a final paper on their “Scientific advice on the safety of nanomaterials in cosmetics” as a response to a mandate from the Commission who had previously expressed concerns regarding the intrinsic properties of nanomaterials, as a category, in light of their nano-scale dimension, bio-persistence and insolubility.
The JRC survey on micro(nano) plastics test material requirements ends 15 January
On 18th December 2020 the JRC launched a survey to stakeholders on their requirements regarding test materials for micro(nano) plastic research. The bottom line of this initiative is to better understand which materials may be included in a future repository, as well as to understand the interest of stakeholders in sourcing from such a repository...
NanoHarmony holds webinar on Data requirements in Test Guideline and Guidance Document developement
The H2020 project NanoHarmony (in which NIA is a consortium Member) held a webinar on Test Guidelines and Guidance Document Development on December 16th.
ANSES Evaluates R-Nano Register, Offers Recommendations to Improve Reliability and Optimize Its Use
This is an article from Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is a Washington D.C. law firm providing decades of experience in the manufacture, handling, and transport of conventional, biobased, and nanoscale industrial, agricultural,and specialty chemicals, including product approval and regulation, product defense, and associated business...
NIA's Sean Kelly is a co-author on the recently published "Safe(r) by design implementation in the nanotechnology industry"
NIA's Sean Kelly is a co-author on the recently published "Safe(r) by design implementation in the nanotechnology industry", which provides some of the results from the NanoReg2 project. Great read for those interested in applying SbD in industry. Read the full article here.    
EC Committee Preliminary Opinions on Copper (Nano) and Colloidal Copper (Nano) Available for Comment
In the preliminary opinion for copper (nano) and colloidal copper (nano), SCCS states that it is unable to carry out a safety assessment of the nanomaterials copper and colloidal copper when used in leave-on and rinse-off dermal and oral cosmetic products, including skin, nail and cuticle, hair and scalp, and oral hygiene products, at a maximum...
EC Committee Preliminary Opinions on Hydroxyapatite (Nano) Available for Comment
On November 9, 2020, the European Commission (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) published two draft opinions for public comment.  In the preliminary opinion on hydroxyapatite (nano), SCCS considered whether the nanomaterial hydroxyapatite is safe when used in leave-on and rinse-off dermal and oral cosmetic products according to...
European Commission Requests Scientific Opinion on UV- NanoFilter HAA299
On November 2, 2020, the European Commission (EC) requested a scientific opinion from the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) on the ultraviolet (UV) filter HAA299 (nano) (chemical name “2-(4-(2-(4-Diethylamino-2 hydroxy-benzoyl)-benzoyl)-piperazine-1-carbonyl)-phenyl)-(4-diethylamino-2-hydroxyphenyl)-methanone”).  According to the EC’s...
EUON survey shows that EU citizens demand better labelling of everyday products containing nanomaterials
A study, commissioned by the EU Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON), measured and analysed how citizens perceive nanomaterials and their potential risks to our health and the environment. The results confirm that concerns often correlate with a lack of awareness of nanomaterials. People who know more about nanomaterials tend to be less concerned...
NIA Member Endomag raises $20m Series D scale-up capital
NIA Member Endomag raised $20m Series D scale-up capital to expand access to new advanced breast surgery techniques enabled by Endomag’s products. Read all about in Business Weekly HERE.
ECETOC launches NanoApp
The European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals (ECETOC) just launched its brand new NanoApp. We were very lucky to have them present and demonstrate it at our latest annual symposium. The web-based tool has been designed to help industry register  nanomaterials (chemical substances or materials that are manufactured and used...
Open access to JRC Research Infrastructures
The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) opens its scientific laboratories and facilities to people working in academia and research organisations, industry, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and more in general to the public and private sector.
NIA Member, Vireo Advisors, Hosts SRA Workshop on Responsible Innovation of Advanced Materials and Technologie
Vireo Advisors is hosting a virtual workshop on Sunday December 13th as part of the Society for Risk Analysis’ Annual Meeting to discuss key issues facing the responsible innovation of advanced materials and technologies.
ECHA publishes manual to support registration dossiers containing nanoforms
 ECHA has published a manual to support the preparation of dossiers contaning nanoforms.  The comprehensive guide includes the specific requirements for single or sets of nanoforms, composition and analytical requirememnts (Annex VI), endpoint sections (Annex VII-X), and opt out scenarios.