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News & Alerts

NIA welcomes the Agreement on the Development of the European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials (EU-ON)
On 7 December, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and the European Commission formally agreed to start working on a nanomaterial observatory. This approach was retained as one of the possible ways to improve transparency for nanomaterials in the European Union. In 2014, an impact assessment commissioned by the EC had identified of transparency...
Nanotechnology Industries Association Announces New Director General
23 November 2016, Brussels, Belgium— The Board of Directors of the Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA), the sector-independent and responsible voice for the industrial nanotechnologies supply chain has formally appointed a successor to the post of Director General. Outgoing Director General, Dr David Carlander, is stepping away from the...
NIA Director General Highlights Importance of Clear Regulations in Trade Publication
NIA's Director General, David Carlander, was interviewed for the trade publication, Chemistry World, this month on the new novel foods regulation update that was recently passed by the European Parliament. Dr Carlander highlighted the importance of clear regulations for the use of nanomaterials in food, and noted, while this the regulation is a...
NIA Opinion on JRC's Nano Material Definition Report Published in Japanese
In December, NIA issued our opinion on the JRC's recent report, Towards A Review of the EC Recommendation for a definition of the term 'nanomaterial", which compiled our view on the feasibility and scientific grounding of the diverse options described by the JRC. The Japan Chemical Industry Ecology-Toxicology & Information Center has...
2014-2015 NIA Annual Report Published
The Nanotechnology Industries Association has published its 2014-2015 Annual Report, A Decade of Development. The publication marks the ten year anniversary of NIA's founding in 2005 and chronicles NIA's success across three key areas:   Promoting a clear path to market for nanomaterials Readers will learn about how the Nanotechnology...
NIA Opinion on JRC's Suggested Options for Nanomaterial Definition Now Available
In its recent report, Towards a review of the EC Recommendation for a definition of the term "nanomaterial": Part 3: Scientific-technical evaluation of options to clarify the definition and to facilitate its implementation, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) suggested a number of options for the review of the European Commission's Recommendation...
2015 Nanotechnology Industries Association Annual Sympoisum Announced
  Nanotechnology industries are at a tipping point. After decades of investment, nanotechnology is changing how we take our medicine, grow our food, build our cars, and more. In the future, new products that can benefit people across the globe, from rural communities to bustling metropolises, will come to the market at an...
Proposed Update to Regulation on Novel Foods is ‘Unworkable’
Changes are vague, unclear and risk countless products from SMEs across Europe being caught in unnecessary regulation 24 Sept 2015, Brussels –In October, the European Union Parliament is expected to vote on legislation that repeals Regulation No 258/97 and replaces it with ‘Regulation on Novel Foods 2013/045(COD)’, which will fundamentally...
Nanotechnology Industries Association Announces New Director General
  Board of Directors selects senior leader Dr. David Carlander to replace Dr. Steffi Friedrichs as Director General 25 August 2015, Brussels, Belgium – The Board of Directors for the Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA), the sector-independent and responsible voice for the industrial nanotechnologies supplies chain, has formally...
NanoRelease Project publishes Report on Food-relevant Nanomaterials
A paper published by the NanoRelease Food Additive project has been published by Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology. It is entitled Mammalian gastrointestinal tract parameters modulating the integrity, surface properties, and absorption of food-relevant nanomaterials, and is an open-access article. NIA is one of...
NIA underlines Position on Nano Registers in Magazine Article
A recent article by ENDS Europe, entitled NGOs slam Commission’s nano register position, discussed comments made by a group of NGOs that ‘the Commission’s [working] conclusions [with regard to the transparency measures for nanomaterials] fail to provide the right balance between private and public interests’. NIA was asked for its comments on the...
BASF discusses Grouping and Read-Across in ECHA Newsletter
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has interviewed Dr Robert Landsiedel, from NIA Member BASF, in the latest edition of its newsletter. In it Dr Landsiedel discusses ‘using read-across and categories to improve safety of nanomaterials’. In it Dr Landsiedel states that “we now have a good idea of which nanomaterial applications pose a risk to...
NIA-coordinated H2020 Project SeeingNano goes live
SeeingNano, a Horizon 2020 project coordinated by the Nanotechnology Industries Association, has gone live today. This makes it one of the first H2020 projects to be funded. SeeingNano (full title: Developing and Enabling Nanotechnology Awareness-Building through the Creation and Exchange of enhanced Communication and Visualisation Tools and...
NIA comments on Issues Nano faces from Biocides Regulation
NIA’s Director of Advocacy Dr David Carlander has explained that the restrictions posed for nanomaterials by the new Biocidal Products Regulation are “unfortunate”. His comments were reported by two media outlets, Chemical Watch and ENDS Europe. According to Dr Carlander, ‘the biocidal sector working with active substances in the nanoscale is now...
UPDATE: Programme for NIA Symposium ‘Expert Analysis on Nano-Regulation and -Policy: Staying Ahead of the Curve’ + NIA AGM now available
The programme for the Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) symposium, ‘Expert Analysis on Nano-Regulation and -Policy: Staying Ahead of the Curve’, to be held on 19 November 2014 in Brussels, Belgium, has been made available. This will be followed by NIA's Annual General Meeting (attendance to the AGM is open to NIA Members only). The...
NIA Comments on OECD WPMN Meeting on Categorisation of Manufactured Nanomaterials featured in News Article
Dr Steffi Friedrichs, NIA Director-General, recently attended a meeting of the OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN) that discussed the categorisation of manufactured nanomaterials. She called the meeting "very tough and very productive". The meeting was hosted by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington DC. 140...
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. Entitled OECD Survey Finds Nanomaterial Regulation Doesn’t Hinder Innovation, Economic Growth, the article juxtaposes the view of the recently released...
BASF has first UV Filter approved for Use in European Cosmetics
NIA Member BASF’s Tinosorb A2B has become the first UV filter ‘to be included in the positive list (Annex VI) of the new EU Cosmetics Regulation’. The product, which contains ‘particle sizes smaller than 100 nanometres’, was approved after assessment by the European Commission’s (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS). “After a long...
NIA’s Response to EC Consultation on Nano Transparency Measures covered in News Article
The ENDS Report has covered NIA’s stance on the proposed EU nano registration program in an article entitled, EU nano register ‘will damage competitiveness'. NIA’s response to the European Commission’s (EC) Consultation on Nano Transparency Measures was published earlier this month. The report covers this response to the consultation, stating that...
NIA lends its Support to wider Industry Association Message on Europe and Nanotechnology
The Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) is one amongst 15 industry associations endorsing a leaflet, entitled Europe needs safe and innovative nanotechnologies and nanomaterials, that has recently been published. The leaflet describes why the industry associations view nanotechnology as vital to Europe, and highlight seven key points for...