News & Alerts

News & Alerts

NIA launches a Funding Tracker for members
The NIA has launched a Funding Tracker to support members in funding development and collaboration. The Funding Tracker will monitor R&D funding opportunities for members and support them to identify the best tools, ideas and partnerships for successful grant applications and collaborations.  The Funding Tracker will fit across NIA member...
New OECD Publication addresses Alternative Testing Strategies in Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials
The Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD WPMN) has released a new publication of its Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials. The eightieth publication in this series, entitled Alternative testing strategies in risk assessment of manufactured  nanomaterials:...
NIA Consults Members on nano reporting requirements in Sweden
The Swedish Chemical Agency (Kemikalieinspektionen, KEMI) launched in the Autumn of 2016 a consultation reporting requirements for nanomaterials in products aimed for the Swedish market.  The proposal requires that all manufacturers and handlers of chemical products should report these products to the Products Register. The proposal now...
ECHA consults CARACAL on Nanomaterial Draft Guidance for Environmental endpoints
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has provided three draft updates of the Appendices to Chapters R.7a, R.7b and R7.c of the Guidance on IR&CSA (Endpoint specific guidance) on “recommendations for nanomaterials” regarding environmental endpoints. The three Appendices have been sent for consultation to CARACAL (the Competent Authorities for...
ECHA consults CARACAL on Nanomaterial Draft Guidance for Grouping and Read Across
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has released a public version of the draft Guidance on recommendations for nanomaterials applicable to QSARs and grouping of chemicals sent for CARACAL consultation, the Competent Authorities for REACH and CLP (CARACAL) are now invited to comment upon this text.  The deadline for the consultation is 20 February...
NANoREG and ProSafe Industry Meeting 31 January
On 31 January, the two EU projects NANoREG and ProSafe will have a dedicated industry meeting to present and discuss some of the reports produced.  The aim of the meeting is to present and discuss several of the main outcomes and reports from these two large EU projects on Nanomaterials Health and Safety. Both these projects are coming to an end...
US EPA requires Nanoscale Chemical Substances Reporting
On 12 January 2016, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated a final rule on 'Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements' for chemical substances when manufactured or processes as nanoscale materials. Under Section 8(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), 'this rule involves one-time reporting for existing...
France releases 2016 Report of the r-Nano Nanomaterial Reporting Scheme
The French Ministry of the Environment, Energy and the Sea has released its 2016 issue of the report 'Elements from the Declaratiosn of Substances at the Nanoscale' (Éléments issus des déclarations des substances à l'état nanoparticulaire). The report shows a stable number of entities registering nanomaterials. It identifies a small drop in the...
ClusterNanoRoad Project surveys Nanotechnology Industries on Smart Specialisation Strategies, NMBP/KET uptake and Clusters in Europe
The EU-funded ClusterNanoRoad project, in which NIA is an active partner, has launched a 15-minute long online survey to identify the links between enabling technologies /NMBP sectors, cluster practices and smart specialisation strategies within regional/national programmes. This survey will help us identify the links between clusters practices,...
ECHA Board of Appeal Annuls Requests for 'Nano-structured' Substance Information
The European Chemicals Agency announced this week that their Board of Appeals has annulled four requests for further information on nano-structured substances from registrants. The decisions covers cases A-008-2015, A-009-2015, A-010-2015 and A-011-2015.   The ECHA Board of Appeal ruled that the decisions "breached the principle of legal...
NIA Members Invited to Join February 2017 Mission to Japan
EU-Japan Centre has invited NIA Members to apply for their next nanotech mission to Japan in February 2017. The mission is organised on the fringes of the Nanotech 2017 International Nanotechnology Exhibition & Conference in Tokyo, Japan. Mission dates: from 13 - 17 February 2017 Application deadline: Thursday, 27 October 2016...
New Issue of SeeingNano Newsletter Published
SeeingNano, a Horizon 2020 project creating novel visualisation tools for improved education and awareness of nanotechnology, has published a new edition of their periodic newsletter.   The issue covers the project's progress in developing unique, educational tools on nanotechnology, including a mobile application, short video, memory game,...
New JRC Report Provides Overview of Nanomaterials in Food, Feed and Ag
The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission published a new paper this month, Nanomaterials for products and application in agriculture, feed and food, which evaluates how nanomaterials are currently used in agricultural production, animal feed, food processing, food additives and food contact materials. The report was conducted at the...
NIA Member Nanomakers invited to awards ceremony for the Worldwide Innovation Challenge 2030
On 18 July, French President François Hollande invited sucessful beneficiaries of the Worldwide Innovation Challenge 2030 (Concours Mondial d'Innovation 2030) for a ceremony in Paris. Dr Jean-François Perrin, CEO at Nanomakers, an NIA Member Company, attended the gathering as an awardee of the second round of the competition.   The Worldwide...
Nano TiO2 enters European List of UV Filters Allowed in Cosmetic Products
The European Commission amended the Regulation on Cosmetic Products (1223/2009) which sets safety and marketing rules for cosmetics in the European Union to add nano titanium dioxide to the list of authorised UV filters (Annex VI). Nanoparticles of titanium dioxide are known for their increased effectiveness in filtering ultraviolet irradiation...
Nanotechnology among 2016-2018 Priority Topics for EFSA's Scientific Committee Risk Assessment Guidance
On 19 May 2016, the Scientific Committee of the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) has adopted an opinion identifying priority topics for the development of risk assessment guidance in the years 2016-2018. The work programme defines areas where guidance documents need updating and where new guidance will have to be developed. Nanotechnologies are...
German EPA recommends Measures for 'Nanomaterial Specific Environmental Risks'
The German Environment Protection Agency (Umweltbundesamt) has recently released a background note entitled Nanomaterials in the environment –Current state of knowledge and regulations on chemical safety - Recommendations of the German Environment Agency. While considering that 'the nanoscale form of a substance does not necessarily constitute a...
Revised Rule on Nanomaterials in the Trilogue Compromise Text for Medical Devices Regulation
On 15 June 2016, the three institutions of the European Union reached an agreement on the Regulation on Medical Devices. The Council, the European Parliament and the Commission had engaged in a trilogue procedure after the vote of the European Parliament in April 2014. In the tentatively agreed consolidated compromise text, the institutions of the...
Benefits of Nanomaterials in Sunscreen Far Outweighs Risk, finds Australian Study
The 'danger of excessive UV light...skin damage and cancer is far greater than the perceived risk posed by nano-sunscreens, which is not supported by the scientific literature' concludes a new, peer-reviewed analysis in the Medical Journal of Australia published this month. The report, authored by Paul Wright of RMIT University in Melbourne and...
Dialogue Explores Public Attitudes and Aspirations for Nanotechnology
'Honest, open and transparent' conversations about nanotechnology are necessary for public understanding and acceptance finds the report,  Understanding public perceptions of specific applications of nanotechnologies (Link auto-downloads PDF report), whose final version was published by the UK government last month. The report was the result of...