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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NIA speaks in Chemistry World on recent OECD Test Guidelines

NIA's Director of Regulatory Affairs, Dr David Carlander, has been interviewed in the Chemistry World publication of the UK Royal Society of Chemistry, in its article 'New testing guidelines to standardise toxicity testing for nanomaterials' published on October 27, 2017. Dr Carlander as well as Dr Andrew Maynard, Professor professor at the school for the future of innovation in society at Arizona State University, are quoted in the the article. 

OECD publishes Test Guideline on Dispersion Stability of Nanomaterials and updates Two Other Test Guidelines for Nanomaterials

Test Guideline 318:  Dispersion Stability of Nanomaterials in Simulated Environmental Media has been released by the OECD. According to the international organisation it ‘provides a simple and effective tool that can analyse the dispersion stability of nanomaterials in aqueous media. It is one of the prerequisites for a subsequent robust and reliable safety testing of nanomaterials‘.