News & Alerts

News & Alerts

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
NIA affirms REACH’s Suitability for regulating Nanomaterials in ECHA Newsletter
The latest issue of the European Chemicals Agency's (ECHA) newsletter includes a guest column by NIA. In this article the Association states that ‘it is the view of NIA that the registration of nanomaterials in REACH is appropriate, and that additional registration initiatives should be avoided’
Swedish Report proposes national Nano Action Plan; advocates creating national Nano Product Inventory and modifying REACH
Swedish Government Official Reports has published a National Action Plan for the safe use and handling of Nanomaterials. The authors consider Sweden's current regulatory framework ‘inadequate and not at all applicable to nanomaterials’, and therefore propose a national action plan that will ‘utilise the opportunities that nanomaterials provide...
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'
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
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
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’
US EPA conditionally registers one more Nanosilver Pesticide
US EPA has made ‘available for public comment a proposed decision to register a nanosilver-containing antimicrobial product’. Named ‘Nanosilva’, the product releases ‘at most, exceedingly small amounts of silver’, and the agency ‘determined that [it] will not cause unreasonable adverse effect on people, including children, or the environment’
NIA Comments on the Inventory of Substances present in EEE for the Review of RoHS2 Annex II
NIA has responded to the consultation organised by Environment Agency Austria on the list of substances used in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE)
NIA replies to Danish EPA Public Consultation on a national Nanomaterial Product Register
NIA has submitted its comments to the Danish EPA's public consultation, which was launched 4 July 2013. This was related to a draft executive order for a register of mixtures and products that contain or release nanomaterials, and obligated manufacturers and importers to provide information to the register
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
Brazilian Bill to regulate Nanomaterials shelved; another one in the Works
The Brazilian Senate recently decided to reject a proposal to establish labelling requirements for food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products. Bill PLS 131/2010 was first proposed in 2010
UK Environment Agency announces Creation of national Nano Business Database
The UK’s Environment Agency has revealed that it has compiled a database of the ‘[…] main users and producers of nanomaterials in the UK’. Announced in the 2012-2013 review of the agency’s Chemical Compliance Team, the work had been carried out on behalf of Defra
US EPA to impose Usage Regulations on two more Nanomaterials
The US EPA has issued a direct final rule that will create SNURs for 53 chemical substances; two of the substances’ names include the term ‘carbon nanotube’. These SNURs will require ‘[…] persons who intend to manufacture or process [… these] chemical substances for an activity that is designated as a significant new use by this rule to notify EPA...
EC running public Consultation on REACH Annexes on Nanomaterials; NIA set to respond
The EC is conducting a survey ‘on the technical aspects related to nanomaterials [as] set out in the REACH Annexes […]’. It is focused ‘[…] on the current registrant provisions and information requirements’ for nanomaterial registration, and how effective proposed changes to the Annexes could be
EC SCCS slams quality of Nanomaterial safety Dossiers in Cosmetics
The EC's SCCS has strongly criticised the quality of safety dossiers on nanomaterials that it has recently looked at. The issue was specifically raised in its Memorandum on Scientific Evaluations and Opinions to be adopted by the SCCS
Labelling of Nanomaterials in Cosmetic Products in the EU now mandatory
From 11 July 2013 the presence of nanomaterials in cosmetic products sold in the European Union shall be indicated on the ingredients list. The name of any ingredients in the nanoform now have to 'be followed by the word “nano” in brackets’
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Consultation - Danish Nanomaterial Product Register
The Danish Environmental Protection Agency (Miljøstyrelsen) launched on 4 July a public consultation related to a draft executive order for a register for mixtures and products that contain or releases nanomaterials and the duty of manufacturers and importers to provide information to the register