NIA Member Solvay teams up with EPFL in quantum modelling project
NIA Member Solvay has partnered with the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) MARVEL at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, to help scientists better understand how quantum modelling can be effective when developing innovative materials.
EFSA publishes updated Guidance on nanotechnology in food and feed
On July 4, EFSA published its 'Guidance on risk assessment of the application of nanoscience and nanotechnologies in the food and feed chain: Part 1, human and animal health'. The guidance was earlier this year out for public consultation, and it now enters a 'pilot phase' until the end of 2019.  This guidance focus on human and animal healt...
The future of nanomaterials within REACH - Catch up with the NIA webinar
NIA hosted a well-attended webinar 'the future of nanomaterials in REACH' on Monday July 3.  The 60 minute webinar introduced the nano-specific changes to REACH Annexes approved in April 2018 and potential impact on company amendment and preparation of dossiers.  Watch the webinar again here.
Large scale manufacturing of h-BN realised
There are many 2D materials being created nowadays and many of them have properties superior to graphene. Where hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) differs vastly from graphene, is that is in an electrical insulator (although the band gap can be easily tuned), thus lending itself towards coating, dielectric and field effect transistor (FET)...
CARACAL documents related to nano
Last week there was a CARACAL meeting between European Commission and Member States. Among many things up for discussion, one was updates on nanomaterials. NIA Members find more information at the Members Area (require sign in). 
Nanotechnology used in greenhouse plastics to increase yield
Nanotechnology has been used in greenhouses to increase yields of crops. A new US start up (SolGro) is using nanotechnology to convert the light spectrum of sunlight into red and blue light that are more efficient for plant growth. Crop yields have increased from 20 % up to 300 %. 
EUON to publish reports on nanomaterial pigments and reliability of data sources in the summer
The European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials is scheduled to publish in the summer the result of two studies it has commisioned and that has now been finalised. 
Intern position at NIA
The NIA has an opportunity for a person to join us from September 2018 and play a core role in our Brussels office plus European travel.  The successful candidate will undertake tasks including NIA project and membership support.  
NanoData and eNanoMapper hosted by European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials
The European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON) has launched a new feature - two searchable databases: NanoData, a knowledge base on nano science and technology and the eNanoMapper that helps you find safety information about nanomaterials.
Nanomaterials in US science scorecard for personal care
Nanomaterials have been included in a 'science scorecard' initiative launched by 18 organisations in the US active within cosmetics production.  Together with NGO 'Forum for the Future', companies such as Walmart and Target developed a scorecard system to encourage responsible product development, called "Beauty and personal care product...
France set to ban titanium dioxide nanoparticles from food products, EFSA is still re-evaluating
On Sunday 27th of May, the French Government amendment No. 2557 was adopted by the National Assembly. The amendment states the Government shall take regulatory measures to suspend the placing on the market of additive E171 (titanium dioxide - TiO2) as well as foods containing it. This is based on the French Consumer Code, articles 521‑17 and  also...
French State Secretary for Ecology announced Plans to ban Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles from Food Products
On 18 May 2018, the French State Secretary for Ecology, Ms Brune Poirson, announced in the newspaper Le Parisien that the Government intends to implement a ban on the use of titanium dioxide nanoparticles in food products. "We want to ban, before the end of the year, the use of this substance as a food additive in France" said the State Secretary...
Driving economic development from nanotechnology workshop, April 11
Session 1 - Regional development for nanotechnology and KETs.  How regional governments and clusters support the development of commercial nanotechnology Chair: Paula Galvão, INL
New and Emerging Technologies WG for Medical Devices - NIA represents the SIG Nano
NIA participated in the Special Interest Group on Nanotechnologies (SIG nano) of the New and Emerging Technologies WG for Medical Devices, hosted by DG GROW.  The group currently has the priority to produce guidelines to support the classification of medical devices according to rule 19 of the new EU Medical Devices Regulation (2017/745).  NIA...
Belgium releases the Annual Report of its Nanomaterial Register for the Year 2016
The Belgian Federal Public Service for Public Health has released its first report from the implementation of a nanomaterial register in Belgium. The report covers substances registered in 2016. Most of the registrations (45% ) fall under the category of use: SU3 - Industrial uses: Uses of substances as such or in preparations at industrial sites...
NIA will attend the next ECHA Nanomaterial Expert Group meeting
NIA is one of the accredited stakeholder to ECHA. On 3-4 May, NIA will attend the next ECHA Nanomaterial Expert Group Meeting (ECHA NMEG).  NIA Members who are interested will find more information about the meeting here  (log in required).
REACH Annexes adopted to require specific information on nanomaterials
Today, Thursday 26 April, the REACH Committee adopted several modifications to the REACH Annexes to require specific information on nanomaterials. 
European Regulation on Organic Foods excluding Engineered Nanomaterials From Organics awaits Ratification
The European Parliament adopted on 19 April 2018, in its first reading, Regulation on organic production and labelling of organic products. The Regulation will state that organic food production shall exclude food containing, or consisting of, engineered nanomaterials. The text uses the definition of 'engineered nanomaterials' already in place in...
NIA presents 'Setting indicators for an ambitious EU industrial strategy' to European Economic and Social Committee
As part of its work within the coalition of industry Associations 'Industry4Europe', NIA was proud to present the joint paper '
EU SCCS seeks Comments on Colloidal Silver and Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer in the Nanoform Preliminary Opinions
The European Union Scientific Committee for Consumer Safety (SCCS) has launched a consultation on two draft opinion documents for the following nanomaterials: