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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. The article juxtaposes the view of a recently released OECD report with the view expressed by Dr Friedrichs in a webinar she recently presented at

Article examines Challenges of the Nano-(Q)SAR Approach

NIA Member 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’

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 will suffice to characterize the potential benefits or risks that these may present to the consumer’

IOMC reviews Work done on Nano under the SAICM Global Plan of Action

In September 2012 the UN ICCM3 put forth 13 activities related to nanotechnologies for adoption in the SAICM Global Plan of Action. An update on these activities has been provided by the WHO Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC)


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 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 of a single application of nanotechnology in a mass market consumer product: tyres’. The report provides a number of key findings that it says can be applied more generally to the development of nanotechnologies

BIAC publishes 2014 Annual Report

BIAC 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 involvement in nanotechnology

EFSA Inventory of Nano Applications in Agriculture, Food and Feed described in Report

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 regulation of nanomaterials in the EU as well as in non-EU countries’

Nanotechnology Policy and Regulation Timeline published

Canada’s Institute for Science, Society and Policy 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’

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 in the chemical industry”

ISO publishes two Nano Toxicology Standards

ISO 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 silver nanoparticles potency by release of muramic acid from Staphylococcus aureus