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NIA EXCLUSIVE - Report and external Coverage on NIA Symposium on Grouping and Read-Across now Available
Posted on 14 Aug 2014
NIA has released its report on the ‘Symposium on Grouping and Read-Across’ that it held on 26 November 2013 in Brussels, Belgium. The symposium centred on addressing a key issue of the 2011 European Commission (EC) Recommendation on the Definition of Nanomaterial, which is that it categorised an estimated 50% of all commercially-used materials as...
Posted on 11 Aug 2014
The ENDS Report has covered NIA’s stance on the proposed EU nano registration program in an article entitled, EU nano register ‘will damage competitiveness’. NIA’s response to the European Commission’s (EC) Consultation on Nano Transparency Measures was published earlier this month
NIA Response to EC Consultation calls Nano Transparency Measures that come on top of existing Ones “inappropriate”
Posted on 5 Aug 2014
NIA has responded to the EC's public consultation on transparency measures for nanomaterials on the market, commenting that ‘nanomaterials should not be discriminated against based on the sole factor of their size – any transparency measure that would come on top of the existing regulatory framework is therefore inappropriate’. NIA believes that a...
Posted on 24 Jul 2014
NIA's Director of Advocacy, David Carlander, recently explained that “the nanotechnology industry is opposed to the [reporting] schemes” as no clear benefits have been defined. The quotes were made in article entitled Europe mulls best way to handle nanotech, where the publication asked a number of commentators on their thoughts about nanomaterial...
Posted on 18 Jul 2014
A report from a recently convened session of the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the GHS-CLP has indicated that ‘a small number of nanomaterials’ are to be evaluated for classification under the GHS system. The meeting was held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 2 to 4 July 2014
Posted on 17 Jul 2014
At the recently held EC Validation Workshop on Nano Transparency Measures, NIA's Director General Dr Steffi Friedrichs commented that ‘none of the current registers has fully addressed the issue of nanomaterial safety’. Furthermore ‘they have actually been detrimental to nanotechnology, with customers asking for products not containing...
Posted on 3 Jul 2014
A Swedish NGO, the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC), has published a report entitled Managing the unseen – opportunities and challenges with nanotechnology. The report calls for Sweden to develop a ‘national strategy for dealing with the safety of nanomaterials’ as well as ‘a national inventory system’ for nano containing products
Posted on 26 Jun 2014
NIA has compiled an exclusive Members report giving a short and concise description and status update on EU regulations that have included specific provisions related to nanotechnology, and on regulations that are indirectly applicable to nanomaterials
Posted on 26 Jun 2014
Ahead of the EC's validation workshop on transparency measures for nanomaterials that will be held on 30 June 2014 in Brussels, three draft reports of the Study to Assess the Impact of Possible Legislation to Increase Transparency on Nanomaterials on the Market have been made public
Posted on 18 Jun 2014
The Danish Ministry of the Environment has signaled that the country’s order on the register of mixtures and products containing nanomaterials come into effect today. The first reporting to the nano-product register has to be carried out by 30 August 2015, for the period between 20 June 2014 and 20 June 2015
Posted on 10 Jun 2014
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’
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Consultation: EU Transparency Measures for Nanomaterials - Deadline: 4 July 2014
Posted on 27 May 2014
NIA Members are invited to contribute to the draft NIA reply to the EC consultation on a EU-wide nanomaterial register
Posted on 22 May 2014
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...
Posted on 19 May 2014
The EC's JRC has published its Considerations on Information Needs for Nanomaterials in Consumer Products: Discussion of a labelling and reporting Scheme for Nanomaterials in Consumers Products in the EU. Developed by the JRC-IHCP, the ‘report recapitulates issues relevant for the on-going discussion on transparency and [the] requests for more...
Posted on 16 May 2014
NIA will reply to the EC consultation on a EU-wide nanomaterial register; the consultation consists of two questionnaires, one for industrial stakeholders and one for non-industrial stakeholders, about the impacts of a potential nanomaterial registry at the EU level; it will be closed on 5 August 2014
Posted on 15 May 2014
One free delegate pass has been made available to NIA Members - this will be provided to the first NIA Member that contacts the NIA Events Team. A 20% discount for all Members is also available. NIA's Steffi Friedrichs will be presenting at this event
Posted on 15 May 2014
ANSES, the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety, has called for ‘the immediate implementation of tools to improve risk management [of nanotechnologies] through a stronger regulatory framework at [the] European level’. It made this call today in a review it published on ‘the available literature on health and...
Posted on 13 May 2014
EC DG ENTR has announced that, ‘as part of the Communication on the Second Regulatory Review on Nanomaterials, the European Commission […will develop] an impact assessment to identify and develop the most adequate means to increase transparency and ensure regulatory oversight on nanomaterials’. In order to support the development of this...
European Health Commissioner outlines next Steps for rejected Proposal on labelling of Nanomaterials in Food Products
Posted on 12 May 2014
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
Posted on 9 May 2014
ECHA is to hold a Topical Scientific Workshop on the Regulatory Challenges in Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials. The aim is to ‘discuss and update principles and guidelines for assessing human health and environmental risks of chemical substances in [the] nanoform’. NIA’s Dr Carlander will be a member of the Scientific Committee preparing the...