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News & Alerts

NIA comments on Issues Nano faces from Biocides Regulation

NIA’s Director of Advocacy Dr David Carlander has explained that the restrictions posed for nanomaterials by the new Biocidal Products Regulation are “unfortunate”. His comments were reported by two media outlets, Chemical Watch and ENDS Europe

NIA highlights Impact of Nanotech Regulations on Industry in Webinar

An article published by Bloomberg BNA has quoted NIA Director-General Dr Steffi Friedrichs on the way in which the nanotechnology industries are being affected by regulatory developments worldwide. The article juxtaposes the view of a recently released OECD report with the view expressed by Dr Friedrichs in a webinar she recently presented at

BASF has first UV Filter approved for Use in European Cosmetics

NIA Member BASF’s Tinosorb A2B has become the first UV filter ‘to be included in the positive list (Annex VI) of the new EU Cosmetics Regulation’. The product, which contains ‘particle sizes smaller than 100 nanometres’, was approved after assessment by the EC SCCS. “After a long approval process we are delighted that we are now allowed to bring the UV filter to market and that our customers can use it in sunscreen products”

NIA Response to EC Consultation calls Nano Transparency Measures that come on top of existing Ones “inappropriate”

NIA has responded to the EC's public consultation on transparency measures for nanomaterials on the market, commenting that ‘nanomaterials should not be discriminated against based on the sole factor of their size – any transparency measure that would come on top of the existing regulatory framework is therefore inappropriate’. NIA believes that a European registry would increase neither safety nor consumer confidence, but would in fact encourage innovation to migrate out of the EU and run the risk of the societal benefits of nanotechnology not materialising for European citizens


The Nanotechnology Industries Association has become an associate member of the Nano Regions Alliance (NANORA). NANORA is a ‘unique network of public policy institutions, associations, clusters and research and technology centres’ that support nanotechnology research and business in order to help fully exploit ‘regional nanotechnology potentials’

NIA outlines Industry Unease over Nano Reporting Schemes in Article

NIA's Director of Advocacy, David Carlander, recently explained that “the nanotechnology industry is opposed to the [reporting] schemes” as no clear benefits have been defined. The quotes were made in article entitled Europe mulls best way to handle nanotech, where the publication asked a number of commentators on their thoughts about nanomaterial registers being undertaken in Europe

NIA comments that National Nano Registers have been detrimental for Nanotechnology

At the recently held EC Validation Workshop on Nano Transparency Measures, NIA's Director General Dr Steffi Friedrichs commented that ‘none of the current registers has fully addressed the issue of nanomaterial safety’. Furthermore ‘they have actually been detrimental to nanotechnology, with customers asking for products not containing nanomaterials in France’

NIA Member BASF describes Nanotechnology as “Innovation Driver in Numerous Applications”

BASF has described ‘nanotechnology as [an] innovation driver in numerous applications’, and it recently held a Research Press Conference on Nanotechnology: Small dimensions – great opportunities. Dr Andreas Kreimeyer, member of its Board of Executive Directors and Research Executive Director, discussed how nanotechnology helps it “lead the field in the chemical industry”

SwedNanoTech and NIA hold Nano Forum 2014

NIA Member SwedNanoTech recently held its annual ‘Nano Forum’ conference in Sweden. Co-organised with NIA, the conference discussed nanotechnology safety and innovation with hundreds of visitors from industry and academia

NIA provides Opinion on Nanotechnologies for the Poor in International Magazine

NIA's Guillaume Flament recently summarised some of the findings from NIA’s report Closing the Gap: The Impact of Nanotechnologies on the global Divide for the magazine International Innovation. Featured on pages 43-45 of Issue 136, Mr Flament leads readers through the discussions on ‘whether nanotechnologies will serve to widen or shrink the global rich-poor divide’

News Sources cover NIA Members Consultation on EC SCCS Carbon Black Opinion

The EC's SCCS published an opinion on the nano-form of Carbon Black on 12 December 2013, following its 4th plenary meeting. NIA invited its Members to provide their opinions on both this and a memorandum on the Relevance and Quality of Data in Safety Dossiers on Nanomaterials by 14 Feb 2014; this NIA consultation was reported by both Cosmetics Design Europe and Chemical Watch

Five new Members join NIA

NIA is pleased to announce that five new Members have joined the Association. All NIA Members benefit from advocacy and representation, as well as other exclusive services NIA provides them

NIA highlights how Nanotechnology can aid Sustainability Efforts

NIA’s Director General Steffi Friedrichs stated in an interview with Innovation International that ‘nanotechnologies are already used in many industrial processes and incorporated in intermediate and final products, allowing greener, more economic and more sustainable processes in the case of the former, and increased functionalities and properties in the case of the latter’