News & Alerts

News & Alerts

NIA EXCLUSIVE - Free Delegate Pass for REACH: Legal Implications & Supply Chain Strategies
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
NIA EXCLUSIVE - 40% Discount on Cosmetics Europe Conference 2014
NIA Members are subject to the Members Rate Discount - contact the NIA Events Team for more details
French Agency ANSES supports stronger Nano Regulatory Framework at European Level
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...
EC planned Amendment of Food Contact Materials Regulation approves Use of 4 Nanoscale Substances
The EC has informed the WTO of its intention to modify Commission Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food. According to the notification, ‘it amends the authorisation for nine substances, [and] includes six new substances with a favourable assessment by EFSA’; four of these materials are...
First Nanomaterial approved for use as Active Substance in European Biocidal Products
The EC has officially approved synthetic amorphous silicon dioxide for use as an active substance in biocidal products for product-type 18 through Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 408/2014. It comes into force today following the publication of the decree in the Official Journal of the European Union on 23 April 2014
EC announces Public Consultation on Transparency Measures for Nanomaterials
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
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
ECHA to hold Workshop on Regulatory Challenges in Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials
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...
EC JRC publishes Report compiling Information related to Experience of using EC Nano Definition
The EC's JRC has published a report, Towards a review of the EC Recommendation for a definition of the term ‘nanomaterial’ – Part 1: Compilation of information concerning the experience with the definition. An article of the EC recommended definition states that a review will be made ‘in the light of experience and of scientific and technological...
Belgian Industry Association calls for National Nano Register to be made as easy to use as is possible
The Belgian Federation for Chemistry and Life Sciences Industries has called on the country’s regulators to make the forthcoming nanotechnology reporting scheme as painless as possible to use. The organisation suggests that this could be done by building on existing processes within REACH that request additional information and assess risks, and...
US EPA details Work done on Nanotechnology
The US EPA has published its Fiscal Year 2014-2018 EPA Strategic Plan. In it the Agency describes its strategic goals, cross-agency strategies, and a strategic measurement framework. Nanotechnologies are briefly featured in the report
NIA Meeting Report from EC Definition Workshop available for NIA Members
NIA recently participated in a technical workshop discussing the European Commission recommendation on the definition of nanomaterial (2011/696/EU). The NIA meeting report from this meeting is now available for NIA Members
EP approves Report on Medical Devices Regulation
The EP has voted in favour of the report on the proposal for a Regulation on Medical Devices that was compiled by MEP Dagmar Roth Behrendt. Initially proposed in October 2013 to the EP, it was approved with no changes; it still proposes that nanomaterials be classified as high-risk Class III devices when 'deliberately intended to be released into...
French Agency publishes Opinion on the Modification of REACH Annexes for Nanomaterials
In a position paper from 2 April 2014, the French National Agency for Food Safety, Environment and Labour, ANSES, detailed its views on the review of the annexes of the European overarching chemicals regulation
US EPA bans Sale of Company's unregistered nano-Silver Products
The US EPA has ordered a company to stop selling some of its nano-silver products in the country as they had ‘not been tested or registered’ with the agency. The products were marketed as containing nano-silver as an active ingredient that would help ‘reduce the growth of mold, fungus and bacteria’, but EPA contests that they cannot make such...
Dutch Food Contact Rules Revision covers Nano-form Substances
A revised version of the Dutch Commodities Regulation of Food Packaging and Consumer Products is to come into force on 1 April 2014. There are elements of the regulation relevant to producers of nano-form substances
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Consultation: Products affected by the EC Medical Devices Regulation - Deadline: 21 March 2014
NIA is gathering evidence on the impact of the foreseen regulation on medical devices manufacturers
EP opposes new Definition of Engineered Nanomaterial for Food labelling
The European Parliament (EP) has rejected the European Commission’s proposal for a delegated act amending the Regulation 1169/2011 Concerning the Provision of Food Information to Consumer (FIC). By doing so it has followed the example of its Committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI), who had in February 2014 opposed it as...
US NNI unveils 2014 Strategic Plan
The US NNI has published a 2014 edition of its Strategic Plan. The plan, developed by the Nanoscale, Science, Engineering, and Technology Subcommittee and guided by substantial stakeholder input, ‘describes the NNI vision and goals and the strategies by which these goals are to be achieved, including specific objectives within each of the goals’,...
German BAuA presents first Review of Nanotechnology Safety Projects
BAuA has published a review of ‘over 80 safety research projects in the field of nanotechnology’ involving national governmental research institutions. It states that in the 2007-2011 period covered by the report, ‘it has been possible to close numerous gaps in knowledge’ and that ‘a series of findings has already flowed into national and...