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OECD publishes Nanomaterial Safety Testing Data on 11 Manufactured Nanomaterials
On 9 June 2015, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN) has made its web platform on the testing programme of manufactured nanomaterials public. Resulting from the Sponsorship Programme for the Testing of Manufactured Nanomaterials (Testing Programme) that had been...
UPDATE: Third NIA Members Quarterly Webinar - 17 December 2014 - Presentations now Available
Following on from the success of the first and second NIA Members Quarterly Webinars, NIA held its third Quarterly Webinar on 17 December 2014 15:00 CET. The presentation from it has now been made available. Lasting just under 1.5 hours, topics discussed covered: Work being done on the review of the EC Recommendation for a definition of the...
ISO/IEC Survey on Standardisation Needs in Graphene and other 2D Materials - Deadline 21 November 2014
NIA Member the National Physics Laboratory (NPL) is collecting information on the standardisation needs in graphene and other 2D materials in the form of an online survey. This initiative has been undertaken by the Joint Working Group (JWG2 - Measurement and characterisation) of ISO/TC229 - Nanotechnologies, and IEC/TC113 - Nanotechnology...
NIA highlights Impact of Nanotech Regulations on Industry in Webinar
An article published by Bloomberg BNA has quoted NIA Director-General Dr Steffi Friedrichs on the way in which the nanotechnology industries are being affected by regulatory developments worldwide. Entitled OECD Survey Finds Nanomaterial Regulation Doesn’t Hinder Innovation, Economic Growth, the article juxtaposes the view of the recently released...
Article examines Challenges of the Nano-(Q)SAR Approach
NIA Member the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) recently contributed to an article, entitled Nano(Q)SAR: Challenges, pitfalls and perspectives. The article highlights findings that ‘show clear gaps in the research framework that must be addressed if we are to have reliable predictions from such models’. The authors identified ‘three major...
OECD publishes Results of Questionnaire on 2010-2011 Regulatory Regimes for Manufactured Nanomaterials
The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) has published the 42nd item in its Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials, entitled Report of the Questionnaire on Regulatory Regimes for Manufactured Nanomaterials 2010-2011. The questionnaire was administered by the OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (...
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Briefing: Export Control and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies: the Case of Nanotechnologies
The broad range of applications of nanotechnologies includes both offensive and defensive military applications, some of which have been defined as being ‘dual-use’ in international agreements. Dual-use items and dual-use technologies are defined by the term ‘dual’, meaning that applications of these items and technologies are for both military...
Article describes Difficulties in characterising Nanomaterials in Food and Food Contact Materials
A recently published article that draws upon the work of the NanoRelease project has highlighted the complexity of measuring nanomaterials in foods. The authors state that, ‘due to the complexity and wide chemical and physical disparity of nanomaterials at different points in time from processing to ingestion, it is likely that no single method...
IOMC reviews Work done on Nano under the SAICM Global Plan of Action
In September 2012 the United Nations’ (UN) Third International Conference on Chemical Management (ICCM3) put forth 13 activities related to nanotechnologies for adoption in the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management’s (SAICM) Global Plan of Action. An update on these activities has been provided by the World Health Organization’s...
NIA joins NANORA
The Nanotechnology Industries Association has become an associate member of the Nano Regions Alliance (NANORA). NANORA is a ‘unique network of public policy institutions, associations, clusters and research and technology centres’ that support nanotechnology research and business in order to help fully exploit ‘regional nanotechnology potentials...
OECD releases Report looking to advance Policy Debate on Nano through Case-Study on its Application to Tyre Industry
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a study, Nanotechnology and Tyres: Greening Industry and Transport, which looks ‘to advance the policy debate [on nanotechnologies] by considering a wide range of issues regarding sustainable growth and the responsible development of nanotechnology from the perspective...
BIAC publishes 2014 Annual Report
The Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) has published its Annual Report for 2014. Entitled A Business Agenda for Open Markets, Investment, and Sustainable Growth, the report looks at BIAC’s work in a number of focus areas; one of these areas is concerned with its...
UN Experts to assess Applicability of GHS criteria for a Number of Nanomaterials
A report from a recently convened session of the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS-CLP) has indicated that ‘a small number of nanomaterials’ are to be evaluated for classification under the GHS system. The meeting was held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 2 to 4 July 2014....
EFSA Inventory of Nano Applications in Agriculture, Food and Feed described in Report
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published a report called Inventory of Nanotechnology applications in the agricultural, feed and food sector. The objective of the study was two-fold: ‘(i) [to prepare] an inventory of current and potential future applications of nanotechnology in the agri/feed/food sector; and (ii) to review the...
Nanotechnology Policy and Regulation Timeline published
Canada’s Institute for Science, Society and Policy (ISSP) has published Timeline: Nanotechnology – Policy and Regulation in Canada, Australia, the European Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The timeline ‘outlines important events related to nanotechnology policy and regulation…with an emphasis on developments since 2000’. The...
New OECD Brochure illustrates how Work on using Manufactured Nanomaterials sustainably in Tyres contributes to Green Growth
The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) has released a brochure entitled Green growth: chemical safety and biosafety. In it the organisation explains that ‘innovation through emerging and converging technologies (such as biotechnology and nanotechnology) can only contribute to growth if regulatory authorities are able to...
NIA Member BASF describes Nanotechnology as “Innovation Driver in Numerous Applications”
BASF has described ‘nanotechnology as [an] innovation driver in numerous applications’, and it recently held a Research Press Conference on Nanotechnology: Small dimensions – great opportunities. Dr Andreas Kreimeyer, member of its Board of Executive Directors and Research Executive Director, discussed how nanotechnology helps it “lead the field...
OECD Survey on Wastewater Treatment indicates Member Countries concerned about Nanoparticles
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has published a report that summarises responses to a survey it ran in 2012 on wastewater treatment. In it the OECD reveals that a number of different countries are concerned about nanoparticle presence in wastewater, although very few have begun projects to investigate the matter...
ISO publishes two Nano Toxicology Standards
The International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) Technical Committee on Nanotechnologies (TC 229) has recently published two new standards: ISO/TR 16197:2014 – Nanotechnologies – Compilation and description of toxicological screening methods for manufactured nanomaterials; and ISO/TS 16550:2014 – Nanotechnologies – Determination of...
Cancer Research Agency IARC considers MWCNTs high Priority for Assessment
An advisory group for the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has recommended that multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) be considered ‘a high priority for assessment’. The group met to recommend priorities for the organisations publication, the ‘Monograph’. The published recommendations cite that MWCNTs have ‘mechanistic...