News & Alerts
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
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...
Posted on 20 Aug 2013
NIA has responded to the consultation organised by Environment Agency Austria on the list of substances used in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE)
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Consultation - Draft Comments on the Inventory of Substances present in EEE - Deadline: 16 August 2013
Posted on 8 Aug 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'
Posted on 5 Aug 2013
Norway has just published a strategy document for waste, entitled From waste to resource. Among the topics addressed in the document is a brief discussion on nanotechnologies
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Consultation on the Inventory of Substances present in EEE for the Review of the List of Restricted Substances under RoHS 2
Posted on 25 Jul 2013
Recently the Austrian Environment Agency, on behalf of the EC, has been elaborating on a methodology manual for the future reviews of the List of Restricted Substances (Annex II) under the recast of the directive on the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS2)
Posted on 12 Jun 2013
Commissioned by the European Commission to develop a methodology for the review and inclusion of new substances to Annex II of the Directive on RoHS2, Environment Agency Austria (Umweltbundesamt Österreich) has recently put up its Draft Manual for the Methodology for Identification and Assessment of Substances for Inclusion in the List of...
Posted on 10 Jun 2013
As the first step of the rejuvenation of the European legislation on waste, the EC published a Green Paper on Plastic Waste along with a public consultation on the topic
NIA EXCLUSIVE Member Consultation: NIA Draft Comments on the Green Paper on Plastic Waste of the European Commission
Posted on 27 May 2013
NIA has drafted comments on the Green Paper on Plastic Waste that was released by the European Commission in March 2013. ‘The result will feed into further policy action in 2014 as part of a broader waste policy review,’ explained the European Commission in a press release that announced the publication of the Green Paper
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Consultation: NIA Comments on the ‘Study for the Review of the List of Restricted Substances under RoHS 2 Directive’
Posted on 16 May 2013
Austrian Environment Agency has launched a 3rd Stakeholder Consultation on the European Commission Study for the Review of the List of Restricted Substances under RoHS 2 Directive. NIA Members are invited to provide comments by Monday 3 June 2013
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 1 May 2013
As part of a ‘broader waste policy review’, the European Commission published a Green Paper on Plastic Waste in March 2013. This Green Paper opens a period of consultation that runs from 7 March 2013 to 7 June 2013 in which all interested stakeholders have the opportunity to submit their contribution
Posted on 18 Apr 2013
The increasing use of silver nanoparticles (Ag-NP) in consumer products raises the issue of its dispersion in the environment and specifically in water. Due to its biocidal properties nanosilver may be considered a harmful substance. A recent study from Switzerland has however concluded otherwise
Posted on 20 Feb 2013
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'
Posted on 29 Jan 2013
Ways to 'create eco-friendly designs with nanotechnology and use it to reduce health and environmental hazards by seeking methods to replace present applications' are actively being sought by engineers, according to a report. The briefing What is Green Nanotechnology? analyses a number of ecological challenges and describes how nanotechnology...
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 27 Dec 2012
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) International Center on Nanotechnology (ICN) held its first meeting between 12 and 13 December 2012 on the topic, ‘Applications of Nanotechnology in Water and Wastewater: Challenges and Opportunities’. Participants includes ‘representatives for water and wastewater engineering...
BASF publishes nano Communication Recommendations following completion of its Dialog Forum Nano Initiative
Posted on 22 Nov 2012
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'
Posted on 11 Sep 2012
The US National Research Council (NRC) has stated that the US EPA 'missed some [of the] opportunities' presented by nanotechnology in its early policies. The findings are made in a pre-publication version of its report for the agency, entitled Science for Environmental Protection: The Road Ahead
Posted on 9 Jul 2012
BSI has today released three new Publicly Available Specifications (PAS) for nanotechnology, and has announced that work is being carried out on a fourth