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News & Alerts

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.
US NIOSH calls for Info and Comments on nano-Silver
The US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has ‘initiated an evaluation of the scientific data on silver nanoparticles to ascertain the potential health risks to workers and to identify gaps in knowledge’
''Nanotechnologies should be taken into account when underwriting now'', advises Insurance Company
A report by an insurance company has stated that 'it is essential to initiate a process that systematically deals with these [nano]technologies and their potential risks from an insurance perspective'. Whilst the goal of the insurance industry should be to 'support highly profitable nanotechnologies', there would be 'significant consequences' for...
NIA calls for better Quality Control and more Realism in Risk Assessments
The NIA has responded to the EC's public consultation, Addressing the New Challenges for Risk Assessment. This paper was jointly authored by members of the EC's SCENIHR, SCCS, and SCHER committees
BASF publishes nano Communication Recommendations following completion of its Dialog Forum Nano Initiative
BASF has published the final report of its Dialog Forum Nano project for the 2011/12 period. In it the company describes seven areas that manufacturers of nanomaterials should provide information on in order to improve 'transparency in communication...to consumers'
US NIOSH Nanotech Research Center Report describes Achievements from 2004-2011
The US NIOSH has published a report detailing the work done by its Nanotechnology Research Center (NTRC) from 2004 to 2011. The report, entitled Filling the Knowledge Gaps for Safe Nanotechnology in the Workplace, provides specific information on 69 projects and discusses the next steps for the institution
Canadian Standards Association announces first national Nanotechnology Standard
The CSA has revealed the country's first nanotechnology-related standard, CSA Z12885, Nanotechnologies - Exposure control for engineered nanomaterials in occupational settings. It is based on ISO/TR 12885 but has been revised to 'reflect Canadian practices and safety considerations'
L'Oreal proposes alternative Method for assessing Nanomaterials in the Workplace
Representatives from L'Oreal are set to showcase a risk assessment method for nanomaterials that they have 'used for many years'. The company believes that 'current risk assessment methods...[have] not been found suitable at both [the] research and [the] industrial scale', and that its methods provide a good alternative
Greens and NGOs criticise EC's 2nd regulatory Review on Nanomaterials
The EC has been criticised for its "reluctance to properly address nanomaterials" with its recent regulatory review. Industrial stakeholders, on the other hand, have welcomed the findings of the review
Comments sought on proposed US NIOSH Nano OHS Assessment
The US CDC has stated that it is seeking comments from the public on a project proposed by the US NIOSH. The project is an 'exposure assessment and epidemiological study of US Workers exposed to Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) and Carbon Nanofibers (CNFs)'
Chinese Researchers want Country to do more extensive Nano-safety Studies
Leading researchers in China have called for better safety studies in the field of nanotechnology in the country, and have asked the government to improve its regulatory approach. Areas of particular concern are consumer products 'containing nanoparticles that can be absorbed by the body', and occupational exposure through the handling of...
UK Group publishes Guidance Notes on using Nanomaterials in R+D
The UK NanoSafety Partnership Group (UKNSPG) has published a set of guidelines to 'help research establishments and academia...comply with their occupational health and safety legal obligations'. The reference material, entitled Working Safely with Nanomaterials in Research & Development, was developed in collaboration with the UK HSE
NIA provides Industrial Stakeholder Feedback at European Project Meeting
The NIA's Director General, Dr. Steffi Friedrichs, was part of a panel discussion at a recent stakeholders workshop for the EU funded project, Nanogenotox. NIA represented one of the 'main categories of stakeholders...[the] professional federations representing companies'
NIA urges FDA to intensify the Support of internationally harmonised Efforts on the Interpretation of Nanomaterials
On 21 July 2012, ahead of the US FDA's 25 July deadline, the NIA submitted replies to the two Draft FDA Guidance documents that had been published by the FDA in April 2012
Dutch RIVM calls for further Guidance on EC Nanomaterial Definition
The Dutch RIVM recently released a report in which it stated that, whilst the European Commission's recent recommended definition of nanomaterial 'contains the relevant aspects...further guidance is needed to ensure the definition is interpreted consistently'. The review looks at both the scientific and the legislative implications of the EC's...
French ANSES publishes Activity Report for 2011
France's ANSES has published a report highlighting key activities it engaged in during 2011. The document, entitled Activity Report 2011, includes brief descriptions of the work the organisation did in the field of nanotechnology
EU-OSHA Report critical of Risk Communication Approaches
A literature review recently released by EU-OSHA has stated that 'the current position for risk communication of nanomaterials is one of very limited knowledge'. In light of their findings, the authors of Risk perception and risk communication with regard to nanomaterials in the workplace suggest that 'the terminology employed to communicate on...
US NIOSH releases OHS Guidance Document for engineered Nanomaterials
The US NIOSH has published its guide on best practices for the safe use of engineered nanomaterials in research laboratories. The document, entitled General Safe Practices for Working with Engineered Nanomaterials in Research Laboratories, has said have to been 'designed to be used in tandem with well-established practices and a laboratory's...
NIOSH publishes OHS Guidance for Nanomaterials in Research Labs
US NIOSH has released a guidance document providing the 'best information currently available on engineering controls and safe work practices' for working with engineered nanomaterials in research laboratories. The report aims to protect all staff that could come into contact with the materials in laboratories
ECHA issues further Updates to its Guidance on Nanosubstance Registration
ECHA has today published three new appendices to chapters R.8, R.10 and R.14 of its Guidance on Information Requirements and Chemical Safety Assessment (IR & CSA). The amended documents are said to 'implement the parts of the project relevant to the Chemical Safety Assessment of nanomaterials (RIP-oN 3)', which were co-authored by the NIA