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News & Alerts

Israel drafts EU-like Cosmetics Regulation
On 23 Oct 2013 Israel notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade of its intention to develop an EU-like cosmetics regulation
France publishes Results from the first Round of its Mandatory Nano Reporting Scheme
On 1 January 2013 France launched its mandatory reporting scheme for substances at the nanoscale that are produced or imported into France. A report, entitled Elements from the Declarations of Substances at Nanoscale, was published by the Ministry of the Environment and analyses the results of the first round of this registration
NIA Grouping and Read-Across Symposium covered by News Organisation
Presentations made at NIA’s recently-held symposium on Grouping and Read-Across have been the source of two separate news articles by ChemicalWatch. Both are headlined by comments attributed to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) from the event
UPDATE: Danish Nano Register Notice to EC claims “it will be established how many uses of nano-Product do not pose a Risk”
The Danish EPA has informed the EC of a ‘draft Order on a register of mixtures and articles that contain nanomaterials as well as the requirement for manufacturers and imports to report to the register’. The register 'will serve to instil general consumer confidence in nano paroducts as it will be established how many uses of nano products do not...
NIA Consultation: Danish Nano Product Register draft Order
The Danish EPA has notified the EC of a draft Order 'on a register of mixtures and articles that contain nanomaterials as well as the requirement for manufacturers and imports to report to the register’. NIA Members are invited to submit their comments on this Order to NIA
New US NIOSH Publication on Current Strategies for Nanomaterial Engineering Controls
US NIOSH has released a document entitled Current Strategies for Engineering Controls in Nanomaterial Production and Downstream Handling Processes
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)
NIA: Swedish Nano Action Plan did not thoroughly consider Impact on Industry
In a recent interview with BNA Bloomberg’s International Environment Reporter, NIA Director of Advocacy David Carlander stated that the Swedish action plan for nanomaterials had “not thoroughly considered” the potential impact it could have on industry
FP7 Project looking for Respondents for Questionnaire on Characterisation Methods
The SIINN project has published a survey on characterisation methods ‘to identify and validate methods and reference materials for the characterisation of nanomaterials’. Results from this will help the project to develop ‘a consolidated framework to address nano-related risks and management of these risks for humans and the environment’
First Nanomaterial set for Authorisation Vote on its use in a Biocidal Product within EU
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...
OECD Survey indicates Authorities may be beginning to look at Children’s Health and Nano
The OECD has published the results of a 2011 online survey on the ‘methodologies and tools used to assess the risk of chemicals to children’s health’. The questionnaire was taken on behalf of ‘governments, universities, industry'
NIA EXCLUSIVE Meeting Report: The Dialogue between Science, Technology and Society around Energy and Climate Change
On 19 September 2013, the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) held a round-table discussion on 'The Dialogue between Science, Technology and Society around Energy and Climate Change'
OECD issues Recommendation on the Testing and Assessment of Manufactured Nanomaterials
The governing council of the OECD has recommended that countries ‘apply the existing international and national chemical regulatory frameworks or other management systems’ to ensure the safe use of manufactured nanomaterials. The body does note, however, that these systems may need to be ‘adapted to take into account the specific properties of...
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
Industry Periodical reports NIA’s Backing for improving Nano Registrations under REACH
The European Commission recently launched a public consultation on how REACH’s Annexes could be best modified to accommodate nanomaterials. NIA responded on behalf of its Members, stating its preference for option 5 ‘as this favours European competitiveness and innovation’
OECD declassifies Nano Safety Document
The OECD has made publicly available a report on a workshop it held on nano-LCA in September 2011. The workshop intended to ‘initiate an international dialogue between the OECD WPMN and experts from the scientific, policy and regulated communities with experience in LCA' and made several conclusions ‘relevant for the subsequent work of the OECD...
Australian Regulatory Body publishes Online Handbook for meeting reporting Requirements; includes Section on Nano
Australia’s NICNAS has made available an electronic handbook to provide information on meeting ‘requirements for minimising effects upon the health of the public, workers and the environment’. Intended for importers and manufacturers, the guide contains a section on nanomaterials
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...
Stakeholder Comments on RoHS2 published; next Steps announced
Environment Agency Austria has published the contributions of stakeholder groups responding to its 3rd Internet Consultation on the draft methodology manual for the identification and assessment of substances for potential restriction under RoHS 2. NIA was one of the organisations which provided a response