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NIA EXCLUSIVE - Report on NIA Symposium: Expert Analysis on Nano-Regulation and –Policy: Staying Ahead of the Curve

NIA has published the report on its 'Symposium: Expert Analysis on Nano-Regulation and –Policy: Staying Ahead of the Curve', which was held on 19 November 2014 in Brussels, Belgium.

This symposium addressed the evolution of the regulatory landscape for nanotechnology throughout the world, and analysed key discussions held in a multitude of different sectors and locations. Europe remains at the forefront of legislative developments in the area, with individual Member States, as well as the European Commission, looking to develop and improve their governance systems.

The nanotechnology industries therefore met in Brussels to address the following:

  • What impact will the nano-specific modification of the REACH Annexes have; who should be preparing for them, and how?
  • What is expected to be the outcome of the European Commission’s ongoing review of the 2011 recommended definition of the term ‘nanomaterial’?
  • How will the numerous and disparate transparency measures that are being implemented by Member States affect industrial stakeholders?
  • How are stakeholders in nanotechnology communicating these developments to the general public, and building acceptance for their views?

To discuss these issues, NIA invited experts to discuss the following topics:

  • The new Belgian register of nanomaterials was presented by Ms Gwennaelle Maes and Ms Carine Gorrebeeck from the Belgian Federal Public Service – Public Health,
  • REACH annexes and the European Commission’s Recommendation for a Definition of Nanomaterial were covered by Mr Henrik Laursen, from the European Commission (EC) Directorate-General for the Environment (DG ENV); and,
  • Issues pertaining to the communication of regulatory matters with the public were presented by Ms Dania Cristofaro from the European Environmental Citizens Organisation for Standardisation (ECOS).


NIA Members can download the full report following this link.

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