News & Alerts
Posted on 26 Jun 2014
NIA has compiled an exclusive Members report giving a short and concise description and status update on EU regulations that have included specific provisions related to nanotechnology, and on regulations that are indirectly applicable to nanomaterials
Posted on 24 Jun 2014
Implementing the recommendations from its 2007 Nanotechnology Task Force Report, the US FDA published on 24 June 2014 three final guidance documents as well as one draft guidance document for nanotechnology applications in regulated products, including cosmetics and food substances. The documents ‘reflect the FDA’s current thinking’ and contain...
Posted on 22 May 2014
The NGO Friends of the Earth Australia has published an overview of nanotechnology-related developments in the food and agricultural sectors in Australia that have occurred since its last report on the topic in 2008. Entitled Way too little: Our Government’s Failure to regulate Nanomaterials in Food and Agriculture, the report opines that ‘since...
Posted on 13 May 2014
The EC has officially approved synthetic amorphous silicon dioxide for use as an active substance in biocidal products for product-type 18 through Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 408/2014. It comes into force today following the publication of the decree in the Official Journal of the European Union on 23 April 2014
Posted on 9 Apr 2014
NIA recently participated in a technical workshop discussing the European Commission recommendation on the definition of nanomaterial (2011/696/EU). The NIA meeting report from this meeting is now available for NIA Members
Posted on 25 Feb 2014
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Posted on 26 Nov 2013
This NIA report looks into the notion of 'nano-gap' or 'nano-divide' and examines the pros and cons of nanotechnologies and their impact global development and the on-going fight against poverty
Posted on 4 Nov 2013
The Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) today launched its Regulatory Monitoring Database. This Database is a comprehensive tool that allows its users to monitor nano-specific regulations and standards around the world.
Posted on 28 Oct 2013
NIA is hosting a workshop on 'Grouping & Read-Across for Nanomaterials', to be held in Brussels (Belgium) on 26 Nov 2013. It will be followed by the Association's Annual General Meeting (attendance for NIA Members only)
Posted on 3 Oct 2013
The EC's Biocides Competent Authorities are set to discuss the approval of the first nanomaterial-based product for use within the European Union in December 2013. The nanomaterial in question is synthetic amorphous silicon dioxide, and a recent assessment of it by France on behalf of the EU ‘proposed to approve [it] … as an active substance for...
Posted on 2 Sep 2013
The new Regulation on Biocidal products (EU) No 528/2012 is applicable from 1 September 2013. The Biocidal Product Regulation (BPR) is the first piece of EU legislation to implement the Commission definition on nanomaterials
Posted on 2 Sep 2013
NIA’s Director of Advocacy David Carlander has lamented elements of the newly-introduced Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR), stating that, “we would have preferred the Regulation to be technically neutral”. Dr Carlander has also been cited as calling some of the regulation’s obligations ‘unnecessary and unfortunate’
Posted on 28 Aug 2013
US EPA has made ‘available for public comment a proposed decision to register a nanosilver-containing antimicrobial product’. Named ‘Nanosilva’, the product releases ‘at most, exceedingly small amounts of silver’, and the agency ‘determined that [it] will not cause unreasonable adverse effect on people, including children, or the environment’
Posted on 21 Aug 2013
NIA’s Director General was recently interviewed about what nanotechnology has to offer the agricultural sector. The DG’s made her comments in a video interview for the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture, an event which will take place in Abu Dhabi in February 2014
Posted on 26 Jun 2013
NIA’s presentation at the Informa Research and Development in Veterinary Medicines conference has been summarised in an article. Entitled ‘What is the status of Nanotechnology for Animal Health Applications’ and presented by NIA’s Director of Advocacy, David Carlander, it ‘told delegates [….] that targeted delivery systems could reduce the amount...
Posted on 7 May 2013
NIA Members have been invited to speak at the 2013 Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization's Conference in Santa Barbara, USA. A session will be held to hear from nanotechnology industry representatives on examples of how nanotechnology can be used to reduce energy or other resource consumption, compared to the technologies they substitute
Posted on 25 Apr 2013
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 Members Consultation: High-level NIA Panel Appearance on the European Commission 2nd Regulatory Review Workshop
Posted on 10 Jan 2013
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.
Posted on 1 Aug 2012
The US EPA has published a case study for nanoscale silver used in disinfectant sprays through which it hopes 'research directions can be identified that might pertain to nano-Ag in disinfectant spray, as well as to nano-Ag in general and even more broadly to other nanomaterials'. The study is similar to the EPA's 2010 report on another...
Posted on 10 Jul 2012
The US EPA has extended the commenting period for its nanosilver registration review docket, 'to allow for a full 60-day comment period [that] is standard for registration review docket openings'