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Monthly Archives: April 2007

EPA Requests Stakeholders to Resubscribe to E-Mail Notification List

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
On April 16, 2007, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that, due to a technical problem, it is unable to verify receipt of contact information from anyone who subscribed to the e-mail notification list on the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) Nanotechnology web page from October 18 to November 1, 2006, and… Continue Reading

European Commission Seeks Comment on Nanomaterials Risk Evaluation Report

Posted in Environmental Issues, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
On April 11, 2007, the European Commission (EC) announced that the report prepared by the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) regarding the appropriateness of the risk assessment methodology for assessing the risks of nanomaterials is available for comment. Comments are due May 23, 2007. EC states that the report “provides the Commission… Continue Reading

Few Submissions Made Under UK’s Voluntary Reporting Scheme

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
On April 3, 2007, the United Kingdom’s (UK) Department of Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) released its second quarterly update on the Voluntary Reporting Scheme (VRS) for engineered nanoscale materials. According to the update, DEFRA has received a total of six submissions since VRS’s launch in September 2006, four of which were from industry and… Continue Reading

Posted in Uncategorized
Virtually all federal agencies are now focusing on the regulatory implications of nanotechnologies. B&C offers an experienced group of professionals with unique skills, capabilities, and strong relationships with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and Food and Drug Administration… Continue Reading

Joint Economic Committee of Congress Releases a New Study on Nanotechnology

Posted in Federal, United States
In mid-March 2007, Representative Jim Saxton (R-NJ), the ranking minority member of the Joint Economic Committee (JEC), released a new Congressional study on nanotechnology. On balance an extremely positive report, the JEC Study “discusses the range of sciences currently covered by nanotechnology,” describes “what nanotechnology is and how it relates to previous scientific advances,” as well… Continue Reading

ICON Launches Nanotechnology Journal

Posted in Environmental Issues, Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
The International Council on Nanotechnology (ICON) and Rice University’s Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology (CBEN) announced on March 22, 2007, they have launched a monthly online journal that contains citations and links to articles on the environment and health impacts of nanotechnology. The ICON and CBEN coalition launched the first online database of nanomaterial scientific… Continue Reading

ISO Issues Nanoparticle Inhalation Exposure Assessment

Posted in Occupational Health and Safety Issues
On January 22, 2007, ISO published a report entitled Workplace Atmospheres — Ultrafine, Nanoparticle and Nano-Structured Aerosols — Inhalation Exposure Characterization and Assessment, which includes information on the potential health effects of nanoaerosols, sources of occupational nanoaerosols, exposure assessment strategies, particle ensemble characterization methods, size-resolved characterization, online chemical analysis, single particle analysis, and electron microscopy… Continue Reading