EU SCCS seeks Comments on Colloidal Silver and Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer in the Nanoform Preliminary Opinions
The European Union Scientific Committee for Consumer Safety (SCCS) has launched a consultation on two draft opinion documents for the following nanomaterials:
NIA Summary Report on the 2018 EC REACH Review
The European Commission published earlier in March its 2nd review of the functioning of the REACH Regulation. NIA has assessed this communication regard to its nanospecific aspects and prepared a summary report available to NIA Members.  According to the EC communicaiton there is currently no need to change the enacting terms of REACH. and it...
US NIOSH publishes workplace design solutions for working with nanomaterials
In the frame of its 2007, Preventing through Design initiative, the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published three workplace design solutions for working with nanomaterials:
NIA and members at ImagineNano
NIA has been in action at the ImagineNano conference in Spain, showcasing projects including Nanoreg2, caLIBRAte, PATROLS and INSPIRED and hanging out with NIA Members CelluForce and the National Research Council Canada.
NIA hosts open webinar "Nanomedicine – Diagnostics and therapeutics advancing through nanotechnology"
NIA was pleased to host its quarterly open webinar dedicated this March to nanomedicine.  "Nanomedicine – Diagnostics and therapeutics advancing through  nanotechnology" showcased two NIA Members, Endomag and Senolytic and followed up with a whirlwind tour of the global device and therapeutics regulatory framework. Delegates joined from Europe,...
NIA submits comments to the Draft 2018 EFSA Nano Guidance
NIA has provided its comments to the European Food Safety Authority consultation on their  Draft Guidance on risk assessment of the application of nanoscience and nanotechnologies in the food and feed chain: Part 1, human and animal health. EFSA has had a public consulation on this Draft Guidance which close on Sunday 4 March 2018.
Proposal for a Regulation on Organic production and labelling of organic products (2014/0100(COD)) returns to Parliament
Presented to the European Parliament in 2014, the Proposal for a Regulation on Organic production and labelling of organic products (2014/0100(COD)), will now be presented in Plenary again. Discussions on the legal basis of the text have been closed by the House's Committee on Legal Affairs.
Market authorisation for certain nanomaterials as Switzerland review of Chemical laws enters into force
In 2017, the Swiss Federal Council opened discussions on the modification of national ordinances on chemicals and biocides and proposed modifying its definition of a nanomaterial as well as introducing a general requirement for the registration of nanomaterials in the Confederation.
NIA publishes Open Newsletter for Q1, 2018
NIA is delighted to publish its first Open Newsletter of 2018, as part of its quarterly series to the wider nanotechnology community.  The Q1 newsletter covers latest regulatory news, plus invitations and offers open to non-Members, from NIA and from projects in which we are partners.
NIA responds to ECHA priorities on nanoforms
As recognition of Member priorities and highlighted ECHA concerns (see EUON article "Substances in nanoforms: urgent revision of REACH information requirements needed"), NIA is focussing on nanoforms and their grouping within its Global Regulatory Working Group.
Respond to the ECHA/EC study to assess the extent to which SDSs and Exposure Scenarios (ES) provide relevant information.
ECHA and the European Commission (DG Environment) are undertaking a study to assess the extent to which SDSs and Exposure Scenarios (ES) provide relevant information for end-use formulators who produce consumer mixtures, specifically regarding the exposure assessments which are required under REACH.
NIA launches NIA Members consultation on the 2018 EFSA Draft Guidance
NIA has assessed the Draft EFSA Guidance document published in January. NIA is now inviting its Members to provide their input to the NIA Comments on the EFSA Draft. 
SCCS opinion on sprayable TiO2 in sunscreens
The European Commission Scientific Committe on Consumer Safety (SCCS) has just published its scientific opinion on 'Titanium Dioxide (nano form) as UV-Filter in sprays'. The SCCS concludes that 'the information provided is insufficient to allow assessment of the safety of the use of nano-TiO2 in spray applications that could lead to exposure of...
NIA attends 'EU mission-oriented research and innovation policy' meeting at the EU Parliament
Hosted through the Scientific Foresight Unit (STOA), NIA took part in a busy debate about the future of research policy in FP9.  Speakers from across Europe presented their vision of how long term strategies should drive the design of Framework Programmes.  With a focus on 'Mission-oriented'  policies, Europe is deciding how it targets research...
Consultation launched on revised EFSA nano guidance
The European Food Safety Authority has launched a public consultation on a draft EFSA guidance on the risk assessment of the application of nanoscience and nanotechnologies in the food and feed chain: Part 1, human and animal health. 
Belgium updates Nanomaterial Register to start Registration of Mixtures in January 2018
On 15 January 2018, the Belgian Official Journal (Moniteur Belge) published a decree modifying the Royal Decree setting up the Belgian Nanomaterial Register. It modifies the provisions of the nanomaterial register as follows:
US FDA publishes Draft Guidance for Industry on Drug Products, Including Biological Products, that Contain Nanomaterials
The United States Federal Drug Administration has published a draft Guidance on Drug Products, Including Biological Products, that Contain Nanomaterials on 18 December 2017. This Guidance for Industry outlines potential risk factors for drugs containing nanomaterials. It also provides recommendations on quality aspects, environmental impact as...
WHO publishes Guidelines on Protecting Workers from Potential Risks of Manufactured Nanomaterials
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recently published Guidelines on Protecting Workers from Potential Risks of Manufactured Nanomaterials (MNM). This document, intended for policy makers and occupational health and safety professionals contains recommendations on ‘how best to protect workers from the potential risks of MNMs’ but are ‘not...
Sweden requires registration of nanomaterials
The Swedish Chemical Agency (KEMI) today published their rules requiring companies to register information about nanomaterials to the Swedish Products Register. The rules enter into force on 1 January 2018, and consequently, information will need to be provided to the Products Register by February 2019, for products on the Swedish market in 2018.
German EPA Report on the Environmental Fate of Nanomaterials for OECD Test Guidelines
The German Umweltbundesamt  (Environment Protection Agency), has released a document entitled Clarification of methodical questions regarding the investigation of nanomaterials in the environment.  This results presented in this publication were included in the