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.

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

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EFSA publishes updated Guidance on nanotechnology in food and feed

On July 4, EFSA published its 'Guidance on risk assessment of the application of nanoscience and nanotechnologies in the food and feed chain: Part 1, human and animal health'. The guidance was earlier this year out for public consultation, and it now enters a 'pilot phase' until the end of 2019. 

This guidance focus on human and animal healt aspects of products in the whole food chain. In 2019 EFSA foresee the publication of a second part, related to environmental aspects.