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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NIA comments to Basel Convention and nanowaste

NIA has provided its comments to the United Nations ‘Report on issues related to waste containing nanomaterials and options for further work under the Basel Convention'. The report is comprehensive and provide an overview of the current aspects of waste containing nanomaterial.  However, NIA points out that a number of the issues presented, are not different from conventional non-nano waste materials and are thus not nanospecific in nature.

France puts banning Titanium dioxide, E171, on hold, as evidence is missing

Following an announcemnet in Frence TV on January 8, and a report in Le Monde, the Minister for Economic Affairs, Bruno Le Maire, has confirmed that a potential ban of E171 in food in France is under the responsibility of his Ministry. However, he considers that the currently available information on the additive was not sufficient to conclude it was actually harmful for humans.