NIA Members are invited to comment on two IEC/TC 113 - Nanotechnology Standardization for electrical and electronic Products and Systems committee drafts for new items in the standards 80004 nanotechnology vocabulary series
NIA has published a members-only NIA briefing looking at the EU's latest common research framework programme, 'Horizon 2020'. In particular it looks at how nanotechnology industries can be supported by this framework for EU research and innovation funds
An NIA Position Statement on Recycling and Recovery can be found in the Del Stark Technology Solutions (DSTS) Technology Briefing and Scouting Report: Recycling Nanomaterials – Recovery, Life Cycle Analysis and transforming waste into high-value applications
On 1 January 2013 France launched its mandatory reporting scheme for substances at the nanoscale that are produced or imported into France. A report, entitled Elements from the Declarations of Substances at Nanoscale, was published by the Ministry of the Environment and analyses the results of the first round of this registration
The Danish EPA has notified the EC of a draft Order 'on a register of mixtures and articles that contain nanomaterials as well as the requirement for manufacturers and imports to report to the register’. NIA Members are invited to submit their comments on this Order to NIA
The Danish EPA has informed the EC of a ‘draft Order on a register of mixtures and articles that contain nanomaterials as well as the requirement for manufacturers and imports to report to the register’. In its notification the Danish EPA states that ‘it is becoming clear that many nano product uses do not pose a risk to consumers and the environment'
The Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) today launched its Regulatory Monitoring Database. This Database is a comprehensive tool that allows its users to monitor nano-specific regulations and standards around the world.
The European FP7 Project NanoDiode has officially unveiled its website. Visitors will be able to find the latest information on what activities will be being done by the project around the EU, what publications are considered vital to an understanding, and betterment, of nanotechnology dissemination activities, and see how NanoDiode aims to inspire, educate, co-create and engage with society on nanotechnologies
At the 11th CASG-nano meeting held on 24 October 2013 several issues were discussed where the participants were invited to provide their written feedback. To support relevant comments from NIA Members a dedicated NIA Members Consultation is initiated
NIA is hosting a workshop on 'Grouping & Read-Across for Nanomaterials', to be held in Brussels (Belgium) on 26 Nov 2013. It will be followed by the Association's Annual General Meeting (attendance for NIA Members only)
Meeting in a plenary session in Strasbourg, France, on 22 October 2013, the European Parliament voted on the Regulation on Medical Devices (2012/0266/COD). The Parliament amended some articles relating to nanomaterials used in medical devices
The latest issue of the European Chemicals Agency's (ECHA) newsletter includes a guest column by NIA. In this article the Association states that ‘it is the view of NIA that the registration of nanomaterials in REACH is appropriate, and that additional registration initiatives should be avoided’
Swedish Government Official Reports has published a National Action Plan for the safe use and handling of Nanomaterials. The authors consider Sweden's current regulatory framework ‘inadequate and not at all applicable to nanomaterials’, and therefore propose a national action plan that will ‘utilise the opportunities that nanomaterials provide while simultaneously minimising the risks to human health and the environment’