The reporting of nanomaterials has been at the heart of nanotechnology stakeholder debates for the past few years; demands for formalised reporting schemes originate from a number of reasons, ranging from governments’ wishes to know what is on their local market to calls for ‘the consumer’s right to know’ made by NGOs and consumer organisations, to market analysts’ and policy makers’ interest in the extent of innovation through and commercialisation of nanomaterials.

Diverse concepts for information gathering schemes have emerged; some regulatory authorities sought simple notification of raw materials on the nanoscale as part of an existing substance- or chemical authorisation process, while others have set up complex paper traceability schemes that are applicable throughout a supply chain, that enable the registration of nanomaterials in both raw material form and in final consumer products and waste disposal contexts.

Over the last few years, a number of approaches to reporting have been proposed and implemented. Industries and research organisations working with nanomaterials have been subjected either to approaches based on voluntary reporting or on mandatory reporting:

Voluntary Reporting Schemes:NIA Database & Reporting Scheme Services

Mandatory Reporting Schemes:


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NIA provides specific support and information to its Members to address Databases and Reporting Schemes.

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EUON publishes study on nanomaterial pigments

The European Observatory on Nanomaterials (EUON) today published the report from a commissioned work on nanomaterial pigments on the European market. The study found 81 pigments on the market, which are listed in an inventory also on the EUON website.

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. 150 different substances were registered, for a total 75 000 tons. 57 550 tons of substances in nanoparticular state were imported, 16 947 tons were manufactured and 13 815 tons were distributed in the Kingdom in 2016.