Global Nanomaterials Safety

Promotion of science- and technology-based support for the safe and reliable advance and commercialisation of nanotechnologies is a core aim for NIA. Particularly important in achieving this is advanced cooperation both within the industrial community and between all stakeholders of nanotechnologies, in order to ultimately secure the societal and environmental benefits of nanotechnology.

NIA actively works for nanomaterial safety by participation in global fora like the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (i.e. OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials) and the International Organization on Standardization (ISO). NIA also sets up public-private partnerships in which stakeholders' needs and offerings are matched.

The collaborative approach employed has enabled NIA to be instrumental in advancing regulatory working groups towards an acceptance of a harmonised approach to data requirements on nanomaterials, as well as the sharing of data in OECD Harmonised Templates (OECD HTs) and under the Mutual Acceptance of Data (MAD). Through extended collaborations and consolidation of stakeholder requirements, NIA also aim at advancing the use of alternative testing for regulatory relevant safety requirements.

The specific activities and projects with NIA participation related to global nanomaterials safety are found under the NIA activity Nanomaterials Safety & EHS/OHS Policy. Notable projects are e.g. the NANoREG, PROSPEcTGlobal-NanoMaPPP and MARINA.

Support for NIA Members:
NIA provide support to NIA Members in the area of Global Nanomaterials Safety

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ECHA Board of Appeals rules in favour of Industry on SiO2 substance evaluation

The Board of Appeal of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has released two decision annulling a 2015 ECHA decision requiring additional information and data on Syntetic Amorphous Silica (SAS). The original decision was based on substance evaluation performed by The Netherlands Competent Authority where a number of requests were made. 

The contested decision was adopted by ECHA in March 2015 . Two appeals were launched by two industry consortia of composed of 2 and 37 industries respectively.