NIA EXCLUSIVE Member Consultation: NIA Draft Comments on the Green Paper on Plastic Waste of the European Commission
NIA has drafted comments on the Green Paper on Plastic Waste that was released by the European Commission in March 2013. ‘The result will feed into further policy action in 2014 as part of a broader waste policy review,’ explained the European Commission in a press release that announced the publication of the Green Paper
NIA Public Briefing: Nanotechnology and the Council of Europe
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has adopted a recommendation on balancing nanotechnologies benefits and risks to public health and the environment at the Assembly’s 2013 spring session held in Strasbourg, France. This recent activity in the Council of Europe has been followed by NIA, which has now written a public...
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Consultation: NIA Comments on the ‘Study for the Review of the List of Restricted Substances under RoHS 2 Directive’
Austrian Environment Agency has launched a 3rd Stakeholder Consultation on the European Commission Study for the Review of the List of Restricted Substances under RoHS 2 Directive. NIA Members are invited to provide comments by Monday 3 June 2013
NIA EXCLUSIVE Document: NIA Briefing on Nanoscale Materials in the Australian Regulation of Sunscreen Products
'In Australia, three authorities share the responsibility of enforcing regulatory control over sunscreens. Together with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) operate the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)'
NIA EXCLUSIVE Document: NIA Briefing on the Proposal for a European Regulation on Food intended for Infants and young Children
NIA has written a briefing on the proposal for a European Regulation on Food intended for Infants and Young Children and Food for Special Medical Purposes (2011/0156 (COD). It provides highlights of the current state of play in the legislative process
NIA EXCLUSIVE Document: NIA Briefing on Nanomaterials and Biocides
The NIA has written a briefing on the current regulatory discussions concerning nanomaterials and biocides. The 10 page-long briefing, exclusive to NIA Members, includes an analysis of the current status and assessment of future measures
NIA EXCLUSIVE Document: NIA Meeting Report from the 10th CASG-nano Meeting
The NIA participated at the 10th CASG-nano (European Commission Competent Authorities Subgroup on Nanomaterials) Meeting, held 15 April 2013. The NIA Meeting Report from is now available for NIA Members
IUCLID now featuring Nanomaterial-specific Reporting Templates
The International Uniform Chemical Database (IUCLID 5.5) has been upgraded to include 13 new templates dedicated to nano-specific data.
Swiss Study concludes that Nanosilver is efficiently neutralised in Wastewater Systems
The increasing use of silver nanoparticles (Ag-NP) in consumer products raises the issue of its dispersion in the environment and specifically in water. Due to its biocidal properties nanosilver may be considered a harmful substance. A recent study from Switzerland has however concluded otherwise
NIA hopeful over H2020 Nanotech Funding
In an interview with Pan-European Networks, published on the Horizon 2020 Projects platform, NIA highlights the pivotal role Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) can play within the upcoming Horizon 2020 framework
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Consultation: Possible modification of REACH Annexes - Deadline 9 April, 2013
A discussion on possible adaptations to the REACH Annexes to include nanomaterial considerations is being scheduled to take place at an upcoming meeting with the European Commission, Members States Competent Authorities and Stakeholders. The NIA will be present and the Association asks its Members to provide input and feedback on their views on...
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Consultation: Nano Register to increase transparency and ensure regulatory Oversight of Nanomaterials
NIA Members are invited to present their views on a document outlining steps to increase transparancey and ensure regulatory oversight of nanomaterials
NIA urges Environment Agency Austria to remove References that categorise Nanomaterials as ‘Substances of highest Concern’ from RoHS 2 Review
In its comments on the Study for the Review of the List of Restricted Substances under RoHS 2 Directive (commissioned by DG Environment (EC); conducted by Environment Agency Austria), the NIA urged Environment Agency Austria to remove a general reference that categorises all nanomaterials as ‘substances of highest concern’
ECHA Evaluation Report provides Recommendations for 2013 Registration
In its newly published Evaluation Report 2012, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) presents the main shortcomings that the agency has encountered in registration dossiers submitted by the first 2010 registration deadline
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Consultation: NanoEIS Project looking for Industry Respondents for Survey
The EU funded project NanoEIS is conducting a questionnaire looking into personnel trained in nanotechnology within the European Labour Market. This is with the aim of determining the relevance of existing nanotechnology education in secondary and higher education to the needs of employers and wider industry
NIA Members Consultation: High-level NIA Panel Appearance on the European Commission 2nd Regulatory Review Workshop
The Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) has been invited to present the NIA's opinion on the topic 'Why is existing regulation sufficient to ensure safe use of nanomaterials and what can industry do to generate trust?' as part of a high-level panel including European Commission officials.
NIA Members Exclusive Consultation - Deadline: 15 February 2013
The US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has launched a 'Request for Information and Comment' of the scientific data on silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) to ascertain the potential health risks to workers and to identify gaps in knowledge'. The Consultation is open only to NIA Members.
NIA Members Exclusive Consultation - Deadline: 21 January 2013
NIA Members are invited to provide comments in relation to an upcoming meeting with ECHA. The Consultation is open only to NIA Members.
Danish NGOs unveil nano-Product Database
The Danish Consumer Council and the Danish Ecological Council have unveiled a 'nanodatabase' identifying 'more than 1,200 products that may contain nanomaterials'. The NGOs believe this will 'increase transparency for consumers as to where nanomaterials are used', thereby avoiding both 'uncertainty among consumers' and 'further damage [to] the...
Danish EPA: reporting Schemes will reduce Innovation Potential of nano Companies
Following Denmark's decision to establish a 'nano-product database' in September 2012, the Danish EPA conducted a study assessing the impact such a database would have on the nanotechnology industries. The agency found that 'innovation potential will be impaired' and that 'the increased financial costs related to reporting will be transferred to...