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News & Alerts

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.
European Parliament amends Nano-related Text in Medical Devices Regulation
Meeting in a plenary session in Strasbourg, France, on 22 October 2013, the European Parliament voted on the Regulation on Medical Devices (2012/0266/COD). The Parliament amended some articles relating to nanomaterials used in medical devices
NIA provides Views on Experiences made during the Implementation of the EC Definition of Nanomaterial
NIA has responded to the European Commission's (EC) Joint Research Centre (JRC) Survey on Experiences made during the Implementation of the EC Definition of Nanomaterial. This survey aimed to acquire evidence and feedback from the users of the recommended definition before the EC review
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
Nanomaterials regulated under the Biocidal Product Regulation now in force
The new Regulation on Biocidal products (EU) No 528/2012 is applicable from 1 September 2013. The Biocidal Product Regulation (BPR) is the first piece of EU legislation to implement the Commission definition on nanomaterials
NIA Views on Biocides Regulation and Danish Register summarised by News Organisation
NIA’s Director of Advocacy David Carlander has lamented elements of the newly-introduced Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR), stating that, “we would have preferred the Regulation to be technically neutral”. Dr Carlander has also been cited as calling some of the regulation’s obligations ‘unnecessary and unfortunate’
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Consultation: Survey on Experiences made during the Implementation of the EC Definition of Nanomaterial
In the Recommendation on the Definition of Nanomaterial 2011/696/EU, the EC committed itself to reviewing its suggestion by December 2014. For this reason the EC's JRC has now invited stakeholders to respond to a survey on experiences they had of implementing the recommended definition
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
European Parliament approves Nano-specific Rules on Food for Infants
Reunited in Strasburg for the June plenary session, Members of the European Parliament debated and voted on the Regulation on Food intended for Infants and Young Children and Food for Special Medical Purposes; on 29 June 2013, the Regulation was published in the Official Journal of the European Union
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Consultation - European Commission seeks Feedback on the Implementation of the Recommendation on a Definition of Nanomaterial - Deadline 12 July 2013
In 2011, the European Commission published its Recommendation on the Definition of Nanomaterial. The Commission now seeks feedback from the people who have been implementing this definition, especially industries, whose products and materials fall under the definition
REACH better for regulating Nanomaterials than Smorgasbord of Mandatory Reporting Schemes, states Keller and Heckman
NIA Member Keller and Heckman LLP has released a document commenting that ‘it is unclear how numerous national reporting schemes will help to deliver better knowledge or promote a more adequate and rapid response in the event of a specific risk being identified’ than the EC’s REACH Regulation
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...
Dutch Ministry releases Reports from Nano Meeting; NIA provides Comments
The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment has published documents summarising the findings of its recently held Building Blocks for Completing EU Regulation of Nanomaterials conference. This event was attended by NIA; it has provided comments on the outcomes of the event for the article Nanomaterials data insufficient, concludes...
Sweden publishes draft Regulation that adapts REACH for Nanomaterials
The Swedish Chemical Agency (Kemi) has published a draft regulation looking to amend the REACH Regulation so that it specifically addresses nanomaterials. It would look to set ‘the general obligation to register substances [to] apply to any manufacturer or importer of a nanomaterial, either on its own or in one of more mixture(s), in quantities of...
OECD publishes Guidance on Safety Testing of Manufactured Nanomaterials
The OECD has published a report, entitled Guidance on Sample Preparation and Dosimetry for the Safety Testing of Manufactured Nanomaterials. It is of particular importance as it could be of practical value when applying existing OECD Test Guidelines and other testing methods to nanomaterials
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
US EPA proposes SNURs for 14 generically identified Carbon Nanotubes; is developing Standard Nomenclature
The US EPS intends to make SNURs for 14 substances 'whose reported chemical names include the term "carbon nanotube (CNT)" or "carbon nanofibers"'. Due to 'a lack of established nomenclature', however, the authority has provided the names of the chemicals subject to the rulings only in generic form
NIA co-hosting event on Current Development in Nanotechnology Standards and Regulations
A one day open seminar has hence been organised for UK industry and the research community by the NanoKTN, the Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL)
Presentations from EC Workshop on Regulatory Review on Nanomaterials now available
The EC hosted a workshop at the end of January 2013 'to present and discuss the main findings of the Second Regulatory Review on Nanomaterials'. Many of the presentations from it have been made available to the public
German Authorities indicate Changes they would like to see in how REACH handles Nanomaterials
A consortium of German federal agencies has published Nanomaterials and REACH - Background Paper on the Position of German Competent Authorities. The report 'reflects the position of the...authorities' and 'is intended as a basis for preparing decision-making routes for political processes'