News & Alerts
ISO/IEC Survey on Standardisation Needs in Graphene and other 2D Materials - Deadline 21 November 2014
Posted on 28 Oct 2014
NIA Member the National Physics Laboratory (NPL) is collecting information on the standardisation needs in graphene and other 2D materials in the form of an online survey. This initiative has been undertaken on behalf of the ISO/TC 229 JWG2, and IEC/TC113
Posted on 22 Oct 2014
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Posted on 21 Oct 2014
The German UBA has published a study stating that ‘realistic exposure scenarios are necessary to properly assess the potential environmental risk of TiO2 materials’. The researchers also found that the toxicity of the titanium dioxide materials was not necessarily a nano-specific characteristic
Posted on 9 Oct 2014
The 24 September 2014 edition of the Belgian Official Journal (Le Moniteur Belge) has endorsed the Belgian Royal Decree regarding the Placement on the Market of Substances manufactured at the Nanoscale ; it has been published together with a Report to the King and the opinion of the Council of State
Posted on 1 Oct 2014
The Danish EPA has published a report, entitled Environmental fate and behaviour of nanomaterials: New knowledge on important transformation processes. The authors studied key environmental transformation processes both in general, and as applied to nine case-study materials
Posted on 16 Sep 2014
The US EPA has published a list of the substances it had received pre-manufacture notices (PMN) for in the period April 2014 to June 2014. Five of these were for nanomaterials
Posted on 16 Sep 2014
The US EPA will, as part of its 2014 Annual Review of industrial wastewater discharges, ‘report on a methodology and interim findings of its investigation into the environmental toxicity and industrial wastewater discharge of nanomaterials’. It has requested that stakeholders and the public provide it with any relevant information by 17 November...
Posted on 11 Sep 2014
EC SCCS will hold its 7th plenary meeting on 23 September 2014. According to the agenda, the committee will discuss a new request ‘for clarification on the meaning of the term “sprayable applications/products” for the nano forms of Carbon Black CI77266, TiO2 and ZnO’, and the status of draft opinions on nano-silica and nano-hydroxyapatite....
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...
Posted on 2 Sep 2014
US EPA has finalised Significant New Use Rulings (SNUR) for 36 chemical substances; these rulings will take effect from 3 November 2014. Several of the regulated substances will be nanomaterials
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Briefing: Export Control and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies: the Case of Nanotechnologies
Posted on 27 Aug 2014
NIA has written an exclusive Members briefing on how nanotechnologies in dual-use goods and technologies are governed both internationally and by relevant US and EU regulations
Posted on 30 Jul 2014
The EC e-magazine CORDIS Express has devoted its latest issue to looking ‘at a range of research projects focused on developing new applications for nanomaterials as well as honing the risk assessment process’. These projects include applications in medical applications, art restoration, energy and electronics, as well as those related to...
Posted on 25 Jul 2014
UBA has published a review of existing knowledge on the carcinogenicity and mutagenicity of nanoparticles in order to inform future regulatory efforts. The report looked at over 100 studies analysing different nanomaterials in order to ‘identify the precursors of carcinogenicity…, to compare the toxicity of different types of nano-objects and to...
EC Joint Research Centre publishes Characterisation and Preparation Info for Cerium Dioxide Representative Test Materials
Posted on 16 Jul 2014
The EC's JRC has today published a new Science and Policy Report, Cerium Dioxide, NM-211, NM-212, NM-213. Characterisation and test item preparation. The report ‘presents the physico-chemical characterisation of Representative Test Materials (RTMs) of manufactured nano cerium dioxide’, with the aim that they ‘may be used as representative material...
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
US EPA issues SNURs for two Carbon Nanotube Substances; receives multiple Nano Pre-Manufacture Notices
Posted on 8 Jul 2014
The US EPA has today announced Significant New Use Rulings (SNUR) for 13 chemical substances, and revealed that from 23 May 2013 to 30 September 2013 it received 249 Pre-Manufacutre Notices (PMN). Two of the SNURs apply to carbon nanotube (CNT) substances, and ten of the PMNs received are for nanomaterials
Posted on 30 Jun 2014
The Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) recently carried out a study that observed that ‘textiles treated with ‘conventional’ silver have equal or greater propensity to form nano-silver particles during washing conditions than those treated with ‘nano’-silver’. The researchers therefore concluded that this ‘...
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 26 Jun 2014
Ahead of the EC's validation workshop on transparency measures for nanomaterials that will be held on 30 June 2014 in Brussels, three draft reports of the Study to Assess the Impact of Possible Legislation to Increase Transparency on Nanomaterials on the Market have been made public
Posted on 25 Jun 2014
The EC has requested that the SCCS investigate ‘the use of Hydroxyapatite in nano form’ in cosmetic products. The EC’s concerns are over ‘the potential for nanoparticles of Hydroxyapatite to be absorbed and enter into the cells [of the body]’