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News & Alerts

EC SCENIHR publishes preliminary Opinion on Health Effects of Nanosilver
The EC's SCENIHR has released a draft of its opinion on Nanosilver: safety, health and environmental effects and role in antimicrobial resistance. The Committee states that ‘the increasing use of nanosilver in several, significantly different, consumer products will most probably result in lifelong human exposure via various routes’; whilst ‘no...
NIA unveils its Regulatory Monitoring Database
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.
NIA Members Consultation: Input on issues regarding modification on REACH Annexes
At the 11th CASG-nano meeting held on 24 October 2013 several issues were discussed where the participants were invited to provide their written feedback. To support relevant comments from NIA Members a dedicated NIA Members Consultation is initiated
NIA EXCLUSIVE Document: NIA Meeting Report from the 11th CASG-nano Meeting
NIA participated at the 11th CASG-nano (European Commission Competent Authorities Subgroup on Nanomaterials) Meeting, held 24 October 2013. The NIA Meeting Report from is now available for NIA Members
NIA Symposium - Grouping & Read-Across for Nanomaterials + NIA AGM
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)
NIA will attend the next CASG-nano Meeting
NIA will attend the European Commission Competent Authorities Sub-Group on Nanomaterials (CASG-nano) meeting that will be held later in October
Third Stakeholder Meeting on RoHS 2 List of Restricted Substances to be held
Environment Agency Austria (Umweltbundesamt), which is responsible for the Study for the Review of the List of Restricted Substances under the directive on the on the Restriction of the use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS2) Directive, will organise a third stakeholder meeting on this study on 28 October...
NIA replies to the European Commission Consulation on the Modification of REACH Annexes for Nanomaterials
NIA has submitted comments to the European Commission's public consultation on the modification of REACH Annexes on nanomaterials. Among the six outlined options in the consultation, NIA prefers option number 5 as this option favours European competitiveness and innovation
Update: EC SCCS Nano Opinions open for Consultation
The EC's SCCS recently released opinions for three nano-forms of substances: titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, and MBBT. These opinions have been opened up for comments and the aim is for '[...] applicants and other interested parties to provide limited additional perspective and/or clarification on the evaluation, interpretation, and incorporation of...
US EPA conditionally registers one more Nanosilver Pesticide
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’
Canada SNACs on Carbon Nanotubes
The Canadian Department of the Environment has issued a Significant New Activity (SNAC) notice for MWCNTs due to concerns about its toxicity. Those intending to do an activity described by the notice must provide required information to the authorities at least 90 days before starting it
NIA Member makes it easier for Users to learn about its Products
CAN GmbH, an NIA Members, has recently launched a sub-page which summarises the different products within its CANdots product range. The company focuses on the utilisation of new concepts within nanochemistry, particularly in the fields of material science, life science, and personal care
EC SCENIHR to approve Nano Opinions soon
EC's SCENIHR has revealed that it expects to approve various opinions related to nanotechnologies at its next plenary. This information was contained within the minutes from its second plenary meeting, which was held on 25 June 2013
NIA Comments on the Inventory of Substances present in EEE for the Review of RoHS2 Annex II
NIA has responded to the consultation organised by Environment Agency Austria on the list of substances used in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE)
NIA replies to Danish EPA Public Consultation on a national Nanomaterial Product Register
NIA has submitted its comments to the Danish EPA's public consultation, which was launched 4 July 2013. This was related to a draft executive order for a register of mixtures and products that contain or release nanomaterials, and obligated manufacturers and importers to provide information to the register
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Consultation: three ISO Standardisation Documents - Deadline 23 September 2013
Through NIA's participation in the standardisation process, NIA Members have the opportunity to contribute to three ISO documents
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Consultation - Draft Comments on the Inventory of Substances present in EEE - Deadline: 16 August 2013
In the process of elaborating on a methodology manual for future reviews of the List of Restricted Substances under the RoHS, Environment Agency Austria has prepared 'an inventory of substances used in Electrical and Electronic Equipment'
US EPA to impose Usage Regulations on two more Nanomaterials
The US EPA has issued a direct final rule that will create SNURs for 53 chemical substances; two of the substances’ names include the term ‘carbon nanotube’. These SNURs will require ‘[…] persons who intend to manufacture or process [… these] chemical substances for an activity that is designated as a significant new use by this rule to notify EPA...
EC Commissioner explains that Precautionary Principle underpins several Regulations on Nano
In a response to a question on whether the ‘[…] precautionary principle should be taken in view of the proven toxicity of nanomaterials’, the EC Commissioner for the Environment stated that, in fact, the precautionary principle already provides the foundation for a number of EC regulations; namely for REACH, and for the Cosmetics Regulation
EC SCCS addresses Questions over the use of three Nanomaterials as UV Filters
The EC's SCCS has recently made available three documents related to the use of nanomaterials as UV filters in cosmetic products. One is an opinion on nano-TiO2; one is an addendum to its opinion on nano-ZnO; and one is a revision of its opinion on the nano form of MBBT