News & Alerts

News & Alerts

ECHA consults CARACAL on Nanomaterial Draft Guidance for Environmental endpoints
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has provided three draft updates of the Appendices to Chapters R.7a, R.7b and R7.c of the Guidance on IR&CSA (Endpoint specific guidance) on “recommendations for nanomaterials” regarding environmental endpoints  
ECHA consults CARACAL on Nanomaterial Draft Guidance for Grouping and Read Across
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has released a public version of the draft Guidance on recommendations for nanomaterials applicable to QSARs and grouping of chemicals sent for CARACAL consultation, the Competent Authorities for REACH and CLP (CARACAL) are now invited to comment upon this text.   
NANoREG and ProSafe Industry Meeting 31 January
On 31 January, the two EU projects NANoREG and ProSafe will have a dedicated industry meeting to present and discuss some of the reports produced. 
US EPA requires Nanoscale Chemical Substances Reporting
On 12 January 2016, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated a final rule on 'Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements' for chemical substances when manufactured or processes as nanoscale materials.
Dr Claire Skentelbery introduces Herself to NIA Members
On 16 December, Dr Claire Skentelbery presented her views for the future of the NIA at a Members-only Webinar. The newly appointed Director General will start on 1 January 2017
NIA welcomes the Agreement on the Development of the European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials (EU-ON)
NIA welcomes the signature of a formal agreement on the development of this EU-ON, and supports ECHA in the building up of a platform presenting unbiased, science-based information that is respectful of confidential business information.
France releases 2016 Report of the r-Nano Nanomaterial Reporting Scheme
The French Ministry of the Environment, Energy and the Sea has released its 2016 issue of the report 'Elements from the Declaratiosn of Substances at the Nanoscale' (Éléments issus des déclarations des substances à l'état nanoparticulaire).
Nanotechnology Industries Association Announces New Director General
23 November 2016, Brussels, Belgium— The Board of Directors of the Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA), the sector-independent and responsible voice for the industrial nanotechnologies supply chain has formally appointed a successor to the post of Director General.
ClusterNanoRoad Project surveys Nanotechnology Industries on Smart Specialisation Strategies, NMBP/KET uptake and Clusters in Europe
The EU-funded ClusterNanoRoad project, in which NIA is an active partner, has launched a 15-minute long online survey to identify the links between enabling technologies /NMBP sectors, cluster practices and smart specialisation strategies within regional/national programmes.
ECHA Board of Appeal Annuls Requests for 'Nano-structured' Substance Information
The European Chemicals Agency announced this week that their Board of Appeals has annulled four requests for further information on nano-structured substances from registrants. 
NIA Members Invited to Join February 2017 Mission to Japan
EU-Japan Centre has invited NIA Members to apply for their next nanotech mission to Japan in February 2017. The mission is organised on the fringes of the Nanotech 2017 International Nanotechnology Exhibition & Conference in Tokyo, Japan. Mission dates: from 13 - 17 February 2017 Application deadline: Thursday, 27 October 2016...
New Issue of SeeingNano Newsletter Published
SeeingNano, a Horizon 2020 project creating novel visualisation tools for improved education and awareness of nanotechnology, has published a new edition of their periodic newsletter.  
New JRC Report Provides Overview of Nanomaterials in Food, Feed and Ag
The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission published a new paper this month, Nanomaterials for products and application in agriculture, feed and food, which evaluates how nanomaterials are currently used in agricultural production, animal feed, food processing, food additives and food contact materials. The report was conducted at the...
NIA Member Nanomakers invited to awards ceremony for the Worldwide Innovation Challenge 2030
On 18 July, French President François Hollande invited successans beneficiaries of the Worldwide Innovation Challenge 2030 (Concours Mondial d'Innovation 2030) for a ceremony in Paris. Dr Jean-François Perrin, CEO at Nanomakers attended the gathering as an awardee of the second round of the competition
Nano TiO2 enters European List of UV Filters Allowed in Cosmetic Products
The European Commission amended the Regulation on Cosmetic Products (1223/2009) which sets safety and marketing rules for cosmetics in the European Union to add nano titanium dioxide to the list of authorised UV filters (Annex VI)
Nanotechnology among 2016-2018 Priority Topics for EFSA's Scientific Committee Risk Assessment Guidance
On 19 May 2016, the Scientific Committee of the European Food Safety Agency has adopted an opinion identifying priority topics for the development of risk assessment guidance in the years 2016-2018.
German EPA recommends Measures for 'Nanomaterial Specific Environmental Risks'
The German Environment Protection Agency (Umweltbundesamt) has recently released a background note entitled Nanomaterials in the environment –Current state of knowledge and regulations on chemical safety - Recommendations of the German Environment Agency
Revised Rule on Nanomaterials in the Trilogue Compromise Text for Medical Devices Regulation
On 15 June 2016, the three institutions of the European Union reached an agreement on the Regulation on Medical Devices. The Council, the European Parliament and the Commission had engaged in a trilogue procedure after the vote of the European Parliament in April 2014
Benefits of Nanomaterials in Sunscreen Far Outweighs Risk, finds Australian Study
The 'danger of excessive UV light...skin damage and cancer is far greater than the perceived risk posed by nano-sunscreens, which is not supported by the scientific literature' concludes a new, peer-reviewed analysis in the Medical Journal of Australia published this month.
Dialogue Explores Public Attitudes and Aspirations for Nanotechnology
'Honest, open and transparent' conversations about nanotechnology are necessary for public understanding and acceptance finds the report,  Understanding public perceptions of specific applications of nanotechnologies (Link auto-downloads PDF report), whose final version was published by the UK government last month.