The reporting of nanomaterials has been at the heart of nanotechnology stakeholder debates for the past few years; demands for formalised reporting schemes originate from a number of reasons, ranging from governments’ wishes to know what is on their local market to calls for ‘the consumer’s right to know’ made by NGOs and consumer organisations, to market analysts’ and policy makers’ interest in the extent of innovation through and commercialisation of nanomaterials.

Diverse concepts for information gathering schemes have emerged; some regulatory authorities sought simple notification of raw materials on the nanoscale as part of an existing substance- or chemical authorisation process, while others have set up complex paper traceability schemes that are applicable throughout a supply chain, that enable the registration of nanomaterials in both raw material form and in final consumer products and waste disposal contexts.

Over the last few years, a number of approaches to reporting have been proposed and implemented. Industries and research organisations working with nanomaterials have been subjected either to approaches based on voluntary reporting or on mandatory reporting:

Voluntary Reporting Schemes:NIA Database & Reporting Scheme Services

Mandatory Reporting Schemes:


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NIA provides specific support and information to its Members to address Databases and Reporting Schemes.

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Safe by Design workshop slides published

NIA was part of a multi-project consortium that delivered the 2 day workshop "Nanomaterials: Industrial workshop on Safe by Design" in Bilbao on April 24-25, managed by the project Nanogentools.

Projects dedicated to building the concept and tools behind Safe by Design came together, including:

JRC report 'NanoREG framework for the safety assessment of nanomaterials' published

NIA welcomes publication of the JRC Science for Policy Report 'NANoREG framework for the safety assessment of nanomaterials'.
The comprehensive report was co-authored by NIA's David Carlander from the collaborative work within the NANoREG project "A common European approach to the regulatory testing of nanomaterials", funded by the European Union's 7th Framework Programme.