News & Alerts
Posted on 19 Dec 2017
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recently published Guidelines on Protecting Workers from Potential Risks of Manufactured Nanomaterials (MNM). This document, intended for policy makers and occupational health and safety professionals contains recommendations on ‘how best to protect workers from the potential risks of MNMs’ but are ‘not...
Posted on 1 Nov 2017
NIA's Director of Regulatory Affairs, Dr David Carlander, has been interviewed in the Chemistry World publication of the UK Royal Society of Chemistry, in its article 'New testing guidelines to standardise toxicity testing for nanomaterials' published on October 27, 2017. Dr Carlander as well as Dr Andrew Maynard, Professor professor at the school...
Posted on 14 Jun 2017
ECHA has just launched the European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON). The EUON is a website in 23 EU languages that will aim to give citizens, workers and professionals access to information on nanomaterials on the EU market. The EUON will be launched in 3 steps, with additional information being made available at each step and is...
Posted on 23 May 2017
NIA was part of a multi-project consortium that delivered the 2 day workshop "Nanomaterials: Industrial workshop on Safe by Design" in Bilbao on April 24-25, managed by the project Nanogentools. Projects dedicated to building the concept and tools behind Safe by Design came together, including:
Posted on 5 May 2017
NIA welcomes publication of the JRC Science for Policy Report 'NANoREG framework for the safety assessment of nanomaterials'. The comprehensive report was co-authored by NIA's David Carlander from the collaborative work within the NANoREG project "A common European approach to the regulatory testing of nanomaterials", funded by the European...
Posted on 21 Apr 2017
NIA is delighted to be sharing a stand at the EuroNanoForum 2017 with Joanneum Research, University of Leeds, INERIS,Tutech and National Research Centre for the Working Environment (NRCWE). The stand will hold discussion groups, workshops and other activities including a showcasing of industry developments in new sectors, safe-by-design tools and...
Posted on 21 Apr 2017
The European Commission Horizon 2020 project establishing a European Centre for Risk Management and Safe Innovation in nanomaterials and nanotechnologies, EC4SafeNano, has now been launched. EC4SafeNano aims to bridge the gap between scientific knowledge and daily practice by providing services to help others to safely manage this new technology.
Posted on 6 Apr 2017
6 April saw the launch of NIA's new regulatory service to Members, a monthly Regulatory Digest. This newsletter will provide an ongoing review of regulatory changes and processes relevant to NIA members, activities from NIA within those processes and support available to Members.
Posted on 31 Mar 2017
NIA Members and the wider nano community came together in Brussels on a sunny spring day to lift the lid on latest global regulatory news and take a look at Safer by Design as a tool in sustainable business.
Posted on 6 Mar 2017
Under the Toxic Substances Control Act, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) proposed a Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) with recordkeeping requirements for the substance defined as: 'bimodal mixture consisting of multi-walled carbon nanotubes and other classes of carbon nanotubes (generic)'
Posted on 13 Jan 2017
On 31 January, the two EU projects NANoREG and ProSafe will have a dedicated industry meeting to present and discuss some of the reports produced.
Posted on 12 Apr 2016
As part of the NANoREG project financed by the European Commission (NIA is an active partner and work package leader in NANoREG), the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission has published the NANoREG Harmonised Terminology for Environmental Health and Safety Assessment of Nanomaterials
US NIOSH opens consultation on Health Effects of Occupational Exposure to Silver Nanomaterials Publication
Posted on 3 Feb 2016
Late January 2016, the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released a draft document on the Health Effects of Occupational Exposure to Silver Nanomaterial. This document contains a literature review as well as recommendations for the safe handling of silver nanoparticles and research needs to fill in data gaps and...
Posted on 8 Sep 2015
This month, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released two new publications providing guidance to nanomaterial developers on risk assessment, measurement and mitigation.
Posted on 19 Aug 2015
This week, the United Kingdom's Health and Safety Laboratory, a division of the Health and Safety Executive, issued a report assessing how employees encounter airborne nanomaterials during their manufacture, handling and use, as well as the steps companies are taking to ensure safe exposure rates. The study was limited in scope, assessing only...
Posted on 2 Feb 2015
The US EPA has issued a significant new use ruling for a polymer of terephthalic acid and ethyl benzene with multi-walled carbon nanotube (generic). The polymer has also been made subject to a US TSCA section 5(e) consent order as the Agency believes it to ‘present an unreasonable risk of injury to human health and the environment’
Posted on 18 Dec 2014
Two separate guidance documents for those working with manufactured nanomaterials have been released by the EC. The first, Working Safely with Manufactured Nanomaterials, is aimed specifically at those handling the materials in the workplace; the second, Guidance on the protection of the health and safety of workers from the potential risks...
OECD publishes Results of Questionnaire on 2010-2011 Regulatory Regimes for Manufactured Nanomaterials
Posted on 4 Sep 2014
The OECD has published the 42nd item in its Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials, entitled Report of the Questionnaire on Regulatory Regimes for Manufactured Nanomaterials 2010-2011. The questionnaire was administered by the OECD WPMN, and ‘contained four sections related to the oversight of nanomaterials in various OECD...
OECD releases Report looking to advance Policy Debate on Nano through Case-Study on its Application to Tyre Industry
Posted on 24 Jul 2014
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...
Posted on 14 Jul 2014
France's INRS has released a guidance document that aids in the identification of nanomaterials in the workplace. The report provides a summary of occupational health and safety (OHS) knowledge related to nanomaterials