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News & Alerts

EC SCENIHR releases Final Opinion on Guidance for Nanomaterials used in Medical Devices
The EC SCENIHR has published its final opinion on the Guidance on the Determination of Potential Health Effects of Nanomaterials Used in Medical Devices. This follows a consultation to which eleven organisations, including NIA, responded
US EPA withdraws SNUR for Carbon Nanotube
The US EPA has withdrawn a direct final significant new use ruling (SNUR) for functionalized carbon nanotubes (generic). A notification about the SNUR coming into effect was published in late October 2014
UPDATE: Third NIA Members Quarterly Webinar - 17 December 2014 - Presentations now Available
Following on from the success of NIA's first and second NIA Members Quarterly Webinars, NIA held its third Quarterly Webinar on 17 December 2014 15:00 CET. The presentation from it has now been made available
NIA EXCLUSIVE - Report on NIA Symposium: Expert Analysis on Nano-Regulation and –Policy: Staying Ahead of the Curve
NIA has published the report on its 'Symposium: Expert Analysis on Nano-Regulation and –Policy: Staying Ahead of the Curve', which was held on 19 November 2014 in Brussels, Belgium
EC publishes Guidance for Workers and Employers on working safely with Manufactured Nanomaterials
Two separate guidance documents for those working with manufactured nanomaterials have been released by the EC. The first, Working Safely with Manufactured Nanomaterials, is aimed specifically at those handling the materials in the workplace; the second, Guidance on the protection of the health and safety of workers from the potential risks...
BASF discusses Grouping and Read-Across in ECHA Newsletter
The ECHA has interviewed Dr Robert Landsiedel, from NIA Member BASF, in the latest edition of its newsletter. In it Dr Landsiedel discusses ‘using read-across and categories to improve safety of nanomaterials’
Swiss Nano Action Plan extended until 2019
An ‘action plan for synthetic nanomaterials’ that was developed by numerous Swiss Federal Offices has been extended until 2019. Adopted by the country’s Federal Council in April 2008, it ‘illustrates the work required in Switzerland for the safe handling of nanomaterials’
Nanosilver Rinse-off Cosmetics to be excluded from receiving EU Ecolabel
The EC has passed a decision ‘establishing the ecological criteria for the award of the EU Ecolabel for rinse-off cosmetic products’ (2014/893/EU). Criteria for receiving the EU Ecolabel indicates that nanosilver may ‘not be included in the product [seeking the Ecolabel], neither as part of the formulation nor as part of any mixture in the...
NIA Member Endomagnetics receives FDA Approval to begin Trials of nano-enabled Medical Device in US
NIA Member Endomagnetics has announced that it ‘has received Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) approval from the US FDA’ for two of its medical devices, the SentiMag® and the Sienna+®. This approval allows the company ‘to initiate a pivotal [multisite] clinical trial to evaluate the effectiveness of’ the devices
NIA-coordinated H2020 Project SeeingNano goes live
SeeingNano, a Horizon 2020 project coordinated by the Nanotechnology Industries Association, has gone live today. This makes it one of the first H2020 projects to be funded
EC JRC Technical Report calls for Guidelines for EC Nano Definition and its Implementation
The EC JRC has published a Technical Report, describing work carried out ‘to evaluate a number of analytical methods of measuring particle size distributions as required for classification with respect to the EC Recommendation for the definition on nanomaterials’; however, the authors state that guidelines ‘regarding some aspects of the definition...
NIA Member BASF contributes to new Book on Nanomaterial Safety
NIA Member BASF recently contributed to a book presenting ‘the state-of-the-art in nanosafety research from a lifecycle perspective’. Entitled Safety of Nanomaterials along Their Lifecycle: Release, Exposure, and Human Hazards, the book is aimed at ‘professionals in product development, industrial design, regulatory agencies, and materials...
EC to present revised Nano Food Proposal to European Parliament
The EC has notified the WTO that it will put forward to the European Parliament and EU Council of Ministers a revision of its ‘Delegated Regulation amending Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the provision of food information to consumers as regards the definition of ‘engineered nanomaterials’. This is...
UPDATE: European Parliament’s ENVI Committee votes to approve Moratorium on Nano in Food
The European Parliament ENVI Committee has voted to adopt a draft report that ‘proposed a moratorium on the use of nanomaterials in food, based on the precautionary principle’. The report is an amended version of the European Commission’s (EC) January 2014 proposal for a Regulation on Novel Foods 2013/0435 (COD)
France releases Second Report on the Registration of Nanomaterials
Launched in 2013, the French mandatory reporting scheme for nanomaterials that are produced or imported in France has achieved a second round of registration on 1 June 2014; the authorities now published a report on the results of this exercise
JRC releases World’s first Certified Reference Material consisting of Silica Nanoparticles
The EC JRC has made available a certified reference material (CRM) that ‘consists of a mixture of near-spherical silica nanoparticles of two distinct sizes in an aqueous solution’. The two sizes of sphere are ‘nominally 20 nm and 80nm in diameter’
Companies launch Appeal against ECHA Titanium Dioxide Registration Check
A number of companies have appealed against a decision taken by ECHA in June 2014. According to the appeal, the contested decision ‘is unlawful in so far as it requires the update of the Substance [titanium dioxide] registration dossier with specific information related to phases of the Substance, nanoforms, and surface treatments of nanoforms, as...
NIA EXCLUSIVE - 10% Discount on ICNFA 2015
NIA Members can get a 10% discount on attending this event - contact the NIA Events Team for more details
NIA comments on Issues Nano faces from Biocides Regulation
NIA’s Director of Advocacy Dr David Carlander has explained that the restrictions posed for nanomaterials by the new Biocidal Products Regulation are “unfortunate”. His comments were reported by two media outlets, Chemical Watch and ENDS Europe
Updated ECHA CoRAP Testing List contains 3 new Nanomaterials
ECHA has published a draft of its annual update of the Community Rolling Action Plan (CoRAP). The plan, covering the 2015-2017 period, contains 65 newly selected substances alongside 69 that were included in the previous plan; four of the substances in the list are either nanomaterials or are commonly applied as nanomaterials