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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

UN Agency ILO uses Nano as Example of Safety Concerns associated with Emerging Technologies

The International Labour Organization has published Safety and Health in the Use of Chemicals at Work for the world day for safety and health at work, which takes place today. It notes that ‘the rate of innovation and research regarding the development and use of chemicals is rapid, but the pace of investigating the safety and health aspects of these chemicals is much slower’, and cites nanotechnology as ‘a key example of this situation’

NanoDiode launches Survey to examine Citizens’ Views on Nanotechnologies

The NanoDiode project has made available an online survey in 10 different languages that aims to generate in-depth knowledge of public preferences for nanotechnologies in order to enable responsive policy-making. It sees stakeholder engagement and dialogue as essential to the responsible development of nanotechnologies in Europe, and so invites lay consumers to take part in its survey

EU NanoSafety Cluster launches Database Survey

The EU NanoSafety Cluster (NSC) is looking for respondents to a survey it is running on nanosafety-related databases worldwide. The objective ‘is [to] help owners and administrators of nanosafety-related databases to broaden awareness of their databases and to ensure interoperability of data’

Spain, Portugal and Argentina sign MoU to strengthen Cooperation on Nano

The Argentinian, Portuguese and Spanish governments have declared they will ‘strengthen scientific and technical cooperation between [… them] in the area of nanotechnology’. An MoU on the matter was signed by national representatives on 11 March in Lisbon, Portugal