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News & Alerts

European Consumer NGO outlines its Proposals for Nano Regulation
ANEC recently published a position paper highlighting ‘the need for enhanced EU Regulations’ on chemicals. As part of this the NGO called for ‘specific provisions for nanomaterials to be implemented’
NGO calls for more regulatory Oversight of Nano in Australia
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...
NIA EXCLUSIVE - 50% Discount on Nanotek 2014
NIA Members can get a 50% discount on attendance of this event - contact the NIA Events Team for more details
NIA EXCLUSIVE - 30% Discount on Food Technology 2014
NIA can get a 30% discount on this event - contact the NIA Events Team for more detail
EC planned Amendment of Food Contact Materials Regulation approves Use of 4 Nanoscale Substances
The EC has informed the WTO of its intention to modify Commission Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food. According to the notification, ‘it amends the authorisation for nine substances, [and] includes six new substances with a favourable assessment by EFSA’; four of these materials are...
European Health Commissioner outlines next Steps for rejected Proposal on labelling of Nanomaterials in Food Products
Following the EP's recent rejection of the EC's proposal for amending EC Regulation 1169/2011 concerning the provision of Food Information to Consumers (FIC), an MEP asked the Commission how it intends to react to this. A response was given by the European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy
NIA Meeting Report from EC Definition Workshop available for NIA Members
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
US EPA bans Sale of Company's unregistered nano-Silver Products
The US EPA has ordered a company to stop selling some of its nano-silver products in the country as they had ‘not been tested or registered’ with the agency. The products were marketed as containing nano-silver as an active ingredient that would help ‘reduce the growth of mold, fungus and bacteria’, but EPA contests that they cannot make such...
Dutch Food Contact Rules Revision covers Nano-form Substances
A revised version of the Dutch Commodities Regulation of Food Packaging and Consumer Products is to come into force on 1 April 2014. There are elements of the regulation relevant to producers of nano-form substances
German UBA Study favours single European Nano Product Register over many National ones
A study recently publishes by the German UBA has concluded that ‘the creation of [a] horizontal European register of products containing nanomaterials, which is buil[t] on present substance- and product-related regulations, is preferable to a separate register’. Their findings indicate that a register making use of existing regulatory obligations...
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 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)
EC revises Nano Elements of Regulation on Provision of Food Information and Labelling
The EC has published a draft that amends Regulation 1169/2011 governing the provision of food information to consumers. Most crucially the change means that the EC’s recommended definition will be used by the newly-revised regulation, and consequently certain food additives, which were qualified as ‘nano’, may no longer categorised as such
Brazilian Bill to regulate Nanomaterials shelved; another one in the Works
The Brazilian Senate recently decided to reject a proposal to establish labelling requirements for food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products. Bill PLS 131/2010 was first proposed in 2010
OECD WPN summarises regulatory Frameworks for Nano in Foods and Medical Devices
The OECD WPN has published Regulatory Frameworks for Nanotechnology in Foods and Medical Products: Summary Results of a Survey Activity. It provides 'a snapshot of current activities across OECD WPN delegations, with respect to regulation, legislation, and government sponsored regulatory science research and other research activities relevant to...
US ANSI Nanotechnology Standards Panel urges action on Problems caused by multiple Nano Definitions
A draft meeting report of the ANSI Nanotechnology Standards Panel has stated that ‘stakeholders struggle to stay up to date with various regulatory requirements that each rely on a different definition for nanomaterials’. It therefore emphasised that ‘consistent terminology is a critical need for not only enhancing commerce but understanding the...
NIA comments on how actively the Food Industry is looking at Nanotechnologies
NIA’s Director of Advocacy, Dr David Carlander, recently provided quotes for an article entitled What you need to know about nano-food. The article looks at the general state of play on the matter, looking at the practical applications of nanotechnologies for food, who makes such foods, and why consumers might want to eat them, before asking “is...
NIA Members EXCLUSIVE - Presentation on 'Can Nanoparticles migrate from Food Contact Plastics into Foods?'
A study presented at an event hosted and attended by MEPs has concluded that ‘nanomaterials in food packaging do not migrate to food’. The presentation, Can nano particles migrate from food contact plastics into foods?, also stated that ‘a more risk-based approach to safety research offers far more clarity than labelling alone’
EFSA Tender for Inventory of Nano-based Food and Feed Activities awarded
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has approved funding for the creation of an inventory of the applications of nanotechnologies for the areas of food and feed. After a tender procedure, the contract was awarded to the RIKILT Research Institute in The Netherlands. It is for a 12 month work and the amount awarded is EUR 94 955
OECD Business Advisory Committee publishes Nanotech Vision Paper
The Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) of the OECD has released its 2013 vision paper on nanotechnology. In it BIAC also reiterated its aim for 'OECD business[es] [to] continue to promote the responsible development of nanotechnology'