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News & Alerts

NIA fears for gradual Nanotechnology Innovation
In an interview with Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN), the NIA raised concerns about the implementability of the EC's recommendation of a definition of the term 'nanomaterial'. "Instead of a business development possibility, it is much more a threat of costly product compliance," Dr Steffi Friedrichs, Director General of the NIA...
New biocidal Products Regulation restricts Nanomaterial Use
The Council of the European Union has adopted the new regulation on the availability and use of biocidal products; elements of the new regulation, PE-CONS 3/12, are concerned with the use of nanomaterials in biocides. In response to this adoption, the NIA has written a letter to the EC asking it to clarify elements of the new legislation
FDA Commissioner: Nano-regulations 'may become more nuanced in light of experience'
The commissioner of the FDA has once again stated that the agency will not adopt a definition for nanotechnology and that its approach 'to the regulation of nanotech products will be product-specific and science-based'. In a written article, the commissioner also commented that this approach may become "more nuanced in the light of experience, new...
"Nanomaterials - what next?" An NIA interview
The EC recommendation on the nanomaterials definition helps build confidence and "companies are in a better position to approach the perceived risks and take a more proactive stance" says NIA Director of Advocacy, Dr David Carlander, in an interview published in the 3rd edition of the ChemCon Daily
NIA comments on the History of the EU's Definition of Nanomaterials
The NIA recently shed light on the debate on the 'why and wherefore' of the EC's recent recommendation for a definition of the term 'nanomaterial' in the context of existing 'nano'-definitions: "The ISO definition is a technical definition, while the Commission's is a regulatory one," says Steffi Friedrichs, Director General of the NIA in an ...
NIA discusses the EU's Nanomaterial Definition and its Impact on Companies
The article EU Definition of Nanosubstances Could Boost Public Acceptance, Improve Regulations, published by the Meridian Institute on the 2 December 2011, discusses the content of the workshop entitled Defining Nano!? - Compliance Requirements & Market Impact of the EU Definition of 'Nanomaterials - organized by the NIA on the 30 November in...
Opposing Reactions on the European Definition of Nanomaterials
In response to the European Commission's Recommendation on a Definition of Nanomaterials, the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) stated that the definition is too broad, saying it would add 'unnecessary burden' as well as legal uncertainty for companies. In addition fears were expressed that too many products would fall under the scope of...
European Commission issues Regulatory Definition of Nanomaterials
On the 18 October 2011 the European Commission issued its long-discussed Commission Recommendation on the definition of nanomaterials. It provides clarity on whether an industrially-used material is considered a nanomaterial in legislation and policy
European Union passes Regulation on the Labelling of Nanomaterials in Food
In July 2011 the European Parliament adopted its Second Reading Position on the proposed legislation on the provision of Food Information to Consumers. The new law combines two Directives into one piece of legislation: 2000/13/EC on labelling, presentation and advertising of foodstuffs; and 90/496/EEC on nutrition labelling for foodstuff
US National Organic Program Approves Ban on Engineered Nanomaterials from Organic Products
On December 17, 2010, the US National Organic Program (NOP) voted to accept the recommendation of the US National Organic Standards Board(NOSB) to prohibit engineered nanomaterials from the production, processing, and packaging of certified organic products.  The decision was made with little fanfare, but has big implications. 
Impacts of Nanotechnology on Companies (OECD WPN Report Summary)
OECD and its Working Party on Nanotechnology (WPN) have released the final version of  The Impacts of Nanotechnology on Companies - Policy Insights from Case Studies report aimed at industry and policy making organisations for working on innovation and responsible development of nanotechnology
Developments in Nanotechnology - Review 2010 / 2011 Preview
The last 12 months were eventful ones for the nanotechnology community, and the next 12 months already promise to easily top the events of 2010. The publication and implementation of regulatory nanomaterial definitions, and further reviews and amendments of national and federal regulations, such as mandatory reporting schemes, are just a few of...
EC Scientific Committee at odds with EC regarding the Definition of the Term ‘Nanomaterial’
The European Commission's Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) has published its final opinion on the Scientific Basis for the definition of the Term 'nanomaterial'
Public Perception of Nanotechnology in Finland
The Technical Research Centre (Finland) has released a 66-page report, entitled Nanotechnology perceptions - Literature review on media coverage, public opinion and NGO perspectives. This review reports on the relationship of different stakeholders with the aim to enable companies to better understand and succeed in communicating with them
US NGO petitions EPA to investigate 'micronized' Copper Carbonate
US based International Center for Technology Assessment (ICTA) has petitioned the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to immediately investigate the composition of three products containing '"micronized" copper carbonate
US National Organic Standards Board recommends Banning of Nanomaterials from certified Organics
The US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) announced a unanimous decision to recommended that the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) prohibit engineered nanomaterials from certified organic products
Food Experts phrase Concern about EU 'Nanomaterial' Definition
The Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) has phrased concerns over the selection of a single upper size boundary in the European Commission's Draft recommendation for a definition of the term 'nanomaterial''
Three new Standardization Documents published
The International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 229 and the British Standards Institution (BSI) nanotechnology Committee NTI/1 have published three documents related to standardization of nanotechnology and nanomaterials
NIA urges European Commission to conduct Impact Assessment on recommended Definition
The NIA has submitted detailed comments to the public consultation on the Proposal for European Commission definition of the term 'nanomaterial'. In its comments on the recommended definition, the Association strongly urges the European Commission to conduct an impact assessment for the recommended definition before a final definition of the term...
'Going, Going, Gone' - the California Green Chemistry Initiative and the shrinking Nanoscale -2-
The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (CA DTSC) has released a new, revised version of its Regulation for Safer Consumer Product Alternatives