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News & Alerts

'Hazardous Substance inside?' NIA comments on Demands for Labelling of Electronics
'Every transistor in a computer chip would...include a hazardous substance,' Steffi Friedrichs, Director General of the NIA, comments on the recent vote of the European Parliament’s ENVI Committee to support a set of amendments to the RoHS Directive, which includes a call for labelling of ‘nanomaterials’, identified as such according to a...
UK Government publishes Nanotechnology Strategy
The UK Government has published its eagerly-awaited nanotechnology strategy, entitled UK Nanotechnologies Strategy Small Technologies, Great Opportunities
NIA commences new Project to inform the European REACH Regulation on Nanomaterials’ Requirements
In the latest Issues of Nanomaterials World (Volume 6, Issues 7, 17 February 2010), Dr Steffi Friedrichs, Director General of the NIA, describes the aim and potential outcome of the NIA’s two new project concerned with REACH Implementation Plans on Nanomaterials (RIP-oNs): Scientific and technical Support on Nanomaterials’
Nanomaterials under the new European Cosmetics Regulation — NIA helps clarifying the Requirements and Consequences
In a joint Correspondence to the Editor in the journal Nature Nanotechnology (February 2010, Volume 5, No. 2), Diana M Bowman, Geert van Calster, and the NIA's Steffi Friedrichs summarise last year’s passing of the first nano-specific legislation: the European Union’s new regulation on cosmetic products
When ‘Information’ turns into ‘Warning’ - NIA cautions against Careless Labelling
In an interview with the German business magazine Wirtschaftswoche (WiWo) (14 January 2010) Dr Steffi Friedrichs, Director General of the NIA, warns of the potentially negative effects resulting from ill-designed product labels: ‘If the ‘nano’-label is placed on the front of a product pack, it would turn into a ‘warning-label’', she comments with...
European Commission launches Public Consultation on new EU Nanotechnologies Action Plan
The EC has launched a public consultation on a new Nanotechnologies Action Plan. After publication of the 2nd Implementation Plan of the European Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies: An action plan for Europe 2005-2009, the Commission considers it especially important to address the technological and societal challenges for the next five years
European Union Council approves Cosmetics Regulation
The EU Council approved the updated European Cosmetics Regulation, agreeing with the text (on nanomaterials) adopted by the European Parliament in March 2009. The approved text requires the manufacturers of new cosmetic products containing nanomaterials to notify the EC and provide certain information six months before the product is placed on the...
European Commission publishes 2nd Implementation Report on the European Action Plan 2005-2009
The EC has published the 2nd Implementation Report on the European Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies: An action plan for Europe 2005-2009; according to the introduction, the Communication ‘outlines the key developments during 2007-2009 in each policy area of the Action Plan, identifies current challenges, and draws conclusions relevant to the...
Council of the European Union approves draft Novel Foods Regulation
The Council of the European Union has approved a political agreement on a draft regulation concerning novel foods. On the topic of the ‘definition of novel food and the scope of the regulation’, the Council agreed on the following: 'Furthermore, food containing or consisting of engineered nanomaterials is explicitly included in the scope of the...
NIA calls for Clarity in Discussions about Nanotechnologies
‘Industry has been upfront about its use of promising new technologies and that companies go to great lengths to ensure products are safe’, confirms Steffi Friedrichs, Director of the NIA, at a Trans Atlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) event held in Brussels on the 10 June 2009
European Parliament approves labelling and Notification of Nanomaterials in Cosmetics
The European Parliament approved the amended recast of the EU Cosmetics Directive, introducing the mention of ‘nanomaterials’ into an EU legislation. The text adopted during the first reading (24 March 2009) contains a number of references to nanomaterials
European Parliament to vote on Definition and labelling of Nanotechnology
On Tuesday 24 March 2009 the European Parliament is scheduled to debate a report from ENVI that wants risk assessments of nanofoods and calls for labelling of products ‘produced with the aid of nanotechnologies’. Tuesday's debate forms part of the review of the Novel Foods Regulation ((EC) No 258/97)
NIA Comments on EFSA Opinion
This week’s issue of EU Food Law weekly looks in detail at the Scientific Opinion on The Potential Risks Arising from Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies on Food and Feed Safety  published by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on the 5 March 2009
EFSA publishes scientific Opinion on the ‘Potential Risks Arising from Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies on Food and Feed Safety’
EFSA has published a final opinion on nanotechnologies in food and feed; entitled The Potential Risks Arising from Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies on Food and Feed Safety, the opinion is based on a draft which underwent public consultation in October/November 2008, to which NIA provided comments
Deadline extended — more Public Comments sought on Nanosilver Petition
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced an extension of the public comment period on the Petition for Rulemaking Requesting EPA Regulate Nanoscale Silver Products as Pesticides
US EPA plans interim Evaluation of its Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program
The US Environment Protection Agency (EPA) published in its Fall 2008 Regulatory Agenda (released on the 24 November 2008) an announcement about the next steps in its Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program (NMSP)
No Support for Mandatory Reporting of Manufactured Nanomaterials
The latest ENDS Report features an article on the recently launched report on Novel Materials in the Environment: The case of nanotechnology by the UK Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (RCEP)
UK Royal Commission on environmental Pollution finds ‘no Evidence of Nanomaterials causing Harm’
The UK RCEP has launched a report entitled Novel Materials in the Environment: The case of nanotechnology. The Commission explains that the underlying study was originally described to examines issues related ‘novel materials’, but that, the evidence received by the Commission was almost entirely focused on manufactured nanomaterials
US EPA to seek Public Comments on Nanosilver Petition
The US EPA is expected to soon publish a call for public comment on the Nanosilver Petition (Citizen’s petition for rulemaking to the United States Environment Protection Agency), which was filed by on the 1 May 2008.  The legal petition demands EPA to use its FIFRA authority, in order to regulate nanosilver as a new pesticide
Coalition of Trade Associations comments on Plans for Nanomaterials under REACH
The four trade associations CEFIC, NIA, Eurometaux, and IMA Europe have submitted joint comments on two documents presented by the European Commission to the first meeting of the newly-established REACH Competent Authorities sub-group on Nanomaterials (CASG-Nano), held on the 1 and 2 July 2008