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European Commission publishes 2nd Implementation Report on the European Action Plan 2005-2009
The EC has published the 2nd Implementation Report on the European Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies: An action plan for Europe 2005-2009; according to the introduction, the Communication ‘outlines the key developments during 2007-2009 in each policy area of the Action Plan, identifies current challenges, and draws conclusions relevant to the...
High-Tech Industries Associations support a common Strategy for Key Enabling Technologies in the EU
A coalition of seven high-tech industries associations, led by SEMI (Semiconductor, Equipment and Materials International), has published comments on the EC's Communication Preparing for our future: Developing a common strategy for key enabling technologies in the EU (COM(2009) 512)
Nanotechnologies top the European Commission’s List of Key Enabling Technologies for Society and Economy
The European Commission has published a communication entitled Preparing for our future: Developing a common strategy for key enabling technologies in the EU, which outlines the importance of Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) for society and the economy
‘Ten Things you should know about Nanotechnology’
Nanowerk has published a website explaining Ten Things you should know about Nanotechnology. According to the Nanowerk website announcement, the explanation was developed and published in reaction to numerous questions about nanotechnologies
NIA gives Evidence to UK House of Lords Hearing on ‘Nanotechnologies and Food’
Following the written comments which the NIA submitted to the UK House of Lords enquiry on Nanotechnologies and Food, Dr Steffi Friedrichs, Director of the NIA, was invited as a witness to give evidence in front of the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee I
OECD publishes ‘Nanotechnology: an Overview based on Indicators and Statistics’
The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) has published a report, entitled Nanotechnology: An Overview Based on Indicators and Statistics (STI Working Paper 2009/7). The report has been written by members of the OECD Working Party on Nanotechnology
ObservatoryNANO publishes first annual Project Report
The ObservatoryNANO project, which will be funded by the European Union's Framework 7 Programme (FP7) for 4 years, aims to address the ‘complex and rapidly changing field [of nanotechnology], which is often difficult to assess in terms of opportunities, challenges and risks’
Council of the European Union approves draft Novel Foods Regulation
The Council of the European Union has approved a political agreement on a draft regulation concerning novel foods. On the topic of the ‘definition of novel food and the scope of the regulation’, the Council agreed on the following: 'Furthermore, food containing or consisting of engineered nanomaterials is explicitly included in the scope of the...
NIA calls for Clarity in Discussions about Nanotechnologies
‘Industry has been upfront about its use of promising new technologies and that companies go to great lengths to ensure products are safe’, confirms Steffi Friedrichs, Director of the NIA, at a Trans Atlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) event held in Brussels on the 10 June 2009
Nanotechnology highlighted as Priority Area for EU-Malaysia Cooperation
The EC Director of International Cooperation in Science and Technology has called for a full utilisation of the EU FP7. Explaining that the new Framework Programme 7 -- from 2007-2013-- had a total budget of EUR 54 billion, she noted that it was aimed at boosting innovation and research capacity, and that it would, at the same time, enhance EU...
Innovation unravelled — new Tool evaluates emerging Technologies
Lux Research has introduced a new tool for evaluating emerging technology companies. According to a press release, ‘the Lux Innovation Grid, provides a standard reference for evaluating companies active in emerging technologies, based on the proprietary insights of Lux Research’s highly-regarded analyst team’
European Parliament approves labelling and Notification of Nanomaterials in Cosmetics
The European Parliament approved the amended recast of the EU Cosmetics Directive, introducing the mention of ‘nanomaterials’ into an EU legislation. The text adopted during the first reading (24 March 2009) contains a number of references to nanomaterials
NIA speaks up for Nanomaterials in Cosmetics
In preparation for the upcoming European Parliament debate on the recast of the European Cosmetics Directive, German Tagesschau (News) published the reprint of a radio interview (HR) with the responsible European Parliament rapporteur Dagmar Roth-Behrens (German Social Democrats (SPD)) and Steffi Friedrichs, Director of the NIA
‘Inconsistent Nanosilver Petition should be denied’ — NIA submits Comments to EPA
The NIA has submitted comments to the US EPA on the Petition for Rulemaking Requesting EPA Regulate Nanoscale Silver Products as Pesticides
NIA submits Evidence to UK House of Lords inquiry on ‘Nanotechnologies and Food’
The NIA has submitted Comments on the UK House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee - Call for Evidence: Nanotechnologies and Food. In its comments, the NIA gives evidence on a number of different questions
European Parliament to vote on a Definition, Notification and labelling of Nanomaterials in Cosmetics
The European Parliament is scheduled to decide about the regulation of nanomaterials in cosmetics on 24 and 25 March 2009. In the course of the European Cosmetics Directive (Cosmetics Directive 76/768/EEC) recast, an increasing number of references to ‘nanomaterials’ have been drafted into the ongoing amendments
European Parliament to vote on Definition and labelling of Nanotechnology
On Tuesday 24 March 2009 the European Parliament is scheduled to debate a report from ENVI that wants risk assessments of nanofoods and calls for labelling of products ‘produced with the aid of nanotechnologies’. Tuesday's debate forms part of the review of the Novel Foods Regulation ((EC) No 258/97)
NIA Comments on EFSA Opinion
This week’s issue of EU Food Law weekly looks in detail at the Scientific Opinion on The Potential Risks Arising from Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies on Food and Feed Safety  published by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on the 5 March 2009
EFSA publishes scientific Opinion on the ‘Potential Risks Arising from Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies on Food and Feed Safety’
EFSA has published a final opinion on nanotechnologies in food and feed; entitled The Potential Risks Arising from Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies on Food and Feed Safety, the opinion is based on a draft which underwent public consultation in October/November 2008, to which NIA provided comments
In support of the Nanotechnology Industries: 'NIA — Beveridge & Diamond' Working Relationship
The Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) and Washington D.C. law firm Beveridge & Diamond are providing maximum benefit to all NIA members through an active working relationship between the two organisations