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ISO Standard Describes Aerosol Generation for Air Exposure Studies of Nano-Objects and Their Aggregates and Agglomerates

Posted in International, Research
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) recently published standard ISO/TR 19601:2017, “Nanotechnologies — Aerosol generation for air exposure studies of nano-objects and their aggregates and agglomerates (NOAA).”  ISO states that, to evaluate the inhalation toxicity of NOAA, it is important to consider certain parameters that make the toxicity testing relevant to human exposure.  Three critical… Continue Reading

WHO Seeks Comment on Draft Document Concerning Assessing the Risk of Immunotoxicity Associated with Exposure to Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
The World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Program on Chemical Safety (IPCS) published a draft Environmental Health Criteria (EHC) Document, Principles and Methods to Assess the Risk of Immunotoxicity Associated with Exposure to Nanomaterials.  According to IPCS, the target audience is risk assessors in a regulatory setting, researchers, and industry that needs to provide the data… Continue Reading

ECHA Launches EU Observatory for Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research
On June 14, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced the launch of the European Union (EU) Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON).  ECHA states that EUON “offers a unique web-based information point with factual and neutral content about nanomaterials on the EU market.”  EUON is targeted at a wide audience, including consumers, workers, regulators, and scientists. … Continue Reading

ISO Publishes Procedure for Detecting Reactive Oxygen Species Generated by Metal Oxide Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Research
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) recently announced publication of standard ISO/TS 18827:2017, “Nanotechnologies — Electron spin resonance (ESR) as a method for measuring reactive oxygen species (ROS) generated by metal oxide nanomaterials.”  The introduction states that the use of metal or metal oxide-based nanomaterials has dramatically increased in biomedical and industrial applications.  The scientific… Continue Reading

Germany Publishes Final Report from Project on Methodology for Identifying Granular Biopersistent Particles at Workplaces

Posted in International, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research
Germany’s Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) has published the final report for the project “Methodology for the Identification of Granular Biopersistent Particles (GBP) at Workplaces.”  The final report states that the category includes respirable granular biopersistent particles without known significant specific toxicity.  This category comprises various materials such as minerals, metals, metal… Continue Reading

Registration Open for NanoEHS Webinar on Voluntary Standards and Their Role in Enhancing the Quality of Scientific Research

Posted in International, Research, United States
Registration is now open for a May 24, 2017, webinar on “An Introduction to Voluntary Standards and Their Role in Enhancing the Quality of Scientific Research.”  According to the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), the safe development and commercialization of nanotechnology depends on the availability of internationally agreed upon standards.  Such standards enable the use… Continue Reading

NanoImpact Publishes Special Issue Based on Eighth International Congress of Nanotoxicology

Posted in International, Research, United States
NanoImpact has published a special issue based on work presented at the Eighth International Congress of Nanotoxicology, which was held June 2-4, 2016, in Boston, Massachusetts.  The theme was “A Decade of Nanotoxicology:  Impact on Human Health and the Environment.”  The Editorial by the associate guest editors, Dhimiter Bello and David T. Leong, states that… Continue Reading

ACS Publishes Study Finding that Nanoparticles Can Travel from Lungs to Blood, Possibly Explaining Risks to Heart

Posted in Research
The American Chemical Society (ACS) announced on May 3, 2017, publication of an article entitled “Inhaled Nanoparticles Accumulate at Sites of Vascular Disease” in ACS Nano.  According to ACS, scientists have found evidence in human and animal studies that inhaled nanoparticles can travel from the lungs into the bloodstream, potentially explaining the link between air… Continue Reading

EPA TechDirect Reports Availability of NanoRem Toolbox

Posted in International, Research
The May 1, 2017, issue of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) TechDirect includes an item on the availability of the Taking Nanotechnological Remediation Processes from Lab Scale to End User Applications for the Restoration of a Clean Environment (NanoRem) Toolbox.  NanoRem is a research project funded through the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Program for… Continue Reading

NIOSH BSC Meeting Includes Presentation on Nanotoxicology

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research, United States
On April 12, 2017, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC) held its 68th meeting.  The BSC’s primary activity is to provide advice on NIOSH’s occupational safety and health research and prevention programs.  The BSC also advises on standards of scientific excellence, current needs in the field of… Continue Reading

NanoMONITOR Demo Version Now Available Online

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research
NanoMONITOR, a project partly funded by the European Commission Life+ with grant agreement LIFE14 ENV/ES/000662, is intended to develop a real-time information and monitoring system to support the risk assessment of nanomaterials under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation.  The overall objective of the NanoMONITOR project is to improve the use… Continue Reading

Swiss National Research Program Will Hold Closure Event in June

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
On June 2, 2017, the National Research Program “Opportunities and Risks of Nanomaterials” (NRP 64) will hold a closure event, parallel to the Swiss Nano Convention, which will be held June 1-2, 2017.  NRP 64 began its research work in December 2010 and has studied the development, use, behavior, and degradation of synthetic nanomaterials, as… Continue Reading

IRSST Publishes Report for Project on Development and Validation of Methods for Sampling and Characterizing Engineered Nanomaterials in Air and on Workplace Surfaces

Posted in International, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research
On March 7, 2017, the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) published the final report for Project 2013-0059, “The Development and Validation of Methods for Sampling and Characterizing Engineered Nanomaterials in Air and on Workplace Surfaces.”  The report is available in French, but the abstract is available in English. … Continue Reading

CRS Report on Science and Technology Issues in the 115th Congress Includes Nanotechnology and the NNI

Posted in Federal, Research, United States
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) prepared a March 14, 2017, report entitled Science and Technology Issues in the 115th Congress.  The report outlines science and technology policy issues that may come before the 115th Congress.  The report notes that, given the rapid pace of science and technology advancement and its importance in many diverse public… Continue Reading

NanoMONITOR Workshop Will Examine Supporting the Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials under REACH

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research
NanoMONITOR’s first stakeholders’ day, April 4, 2017, will include a workshop on “Development of a real-time information and monitoring system to support the risk assessment of nanomaterials under REACH.”  The overall aim of the NanoMONITOR project is to develop a prototype system to generate robust, accessible, comparable, and interoperable environmental and indoor air monitoring data… Continue Reading

European NanoSafety Cluster Publishes 2017 Research Regulatory Roadmap

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
On March 9, 2017, the NanoSafety Cluster published its 2017 Research Regulatory Roadmap.  The purpose of the Roadmap is to identify both ongoing and complete activities associated with the development of regulations promoting the safety of nanomaterials.  The Roadmap identifies research areas or priorities that need to be addressed further to facilitate this process.  According… Continue Reading

Report Claims OECD Dossiers on Nanomaterials Are of “Little to No Value”

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, OECD, Research
On February 23, 2017, the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) issued a press release announcing a new report, commissioned by CIEL, the European Environmental Citizens’ Organization for Standardization (ECOS), and the Oeko-Institute, that “shows that most of the information made available by the Sponsorship Testing Programme of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development… Continue Reading

NIOSH Publishes Draft Chapter on Analysis of Carbon Nanotubes and Nanofibers on Filters by Transmission Electron Microscopy

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research, United States
On February 27, 2017, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced the availability of a draft chapter to be published in the NIOSH Manual of Analytical Methods entitled “Analysis of Carbon Nanotubes and Nanofibers on Mixed Cellulose Ester Filters by Transmission Electron Microscopy” for public comment.  The draft chapter provides standardized approaches for the… Continue Reading

IRSST Project Measures Nanoparticle Penetration into Protective Gloves

Posted in International, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research
The Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) published a news item on January 16, 2017, entitled “Nanoparticles — to handle with care.”  IRSST states that although research is still in development, it appears that nanoparticles can enter the respiratory tract or penetrate through the skin and make their way to the bloodstream, which may carry the… Continue Reading

OECD Publishes Report on Alternative Testing Strategies in Risk Assessment of Manufactured Nanomaterials

Posted in OECD, Research
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published a report entitled Alternative Testing Strategies in Risk Assessment of Manufactured Nanomaterials:  Current State of Knowledge and Research Needs to Advance Their Use.  Experts from academia, industry, public interest groups, and government researched, analyzed, and discussed how alternative models could be used to advance the risk… Continue Reading

Presentations Available from 2016 Nanosafe Conference

Posted in International, Research
The fifth Nanosafe conference was held November 7-10, 2016, in Grenoble, France.  The conference included panel discussions on responsible development with non-governmental organizations; urban particles mitigation:  what is reasonably possible; and nanomedicine:  benefit-risk.  Topics addressed during the conference included: Measurement and characterization of nano objects; Exposure; Manufactured nano objects: Release from nano-enabled products; Safer by… Continue Reading

OSHA Sustainability Paper Notes Opportunity to Integrate Sustainability and Nanotechnology Research

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research, United States
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released on December 20, 2016, a white paper entitled Sustainability in the Workplace:  A New Approach for Advancing Worker Safety and Health.  The paper highlights the importance of including worker safety and health in the growing movement toward sustainability and corporate responsibility.  According to the paper, research on… Continue Reading

Germany Publishes Action Plan Nanotechnology 2020

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) recently published an English version of its Action Plan Nanotechnology 2020.  Based on the success of the Action Plan Nanotechnology over the previous ten years, the federal government will continue the Action Plan Nanotechnology for the next five years.  Action Plan Nanotechnology 2020 is geared towards the… Continue Reading

ISO Publishes Measurement Technique Matrix for Characterization of Nano-Objects

Posted in Research
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) recently published ISO/TR 18196:2016, “Nanotechnologies — Measurement technique matrix for the characterization of nano-objects.”  The document provides a matrix intended to guide users to commercially available techniques relevant to the measurements of common physiochemical parameters for nano-objects.  Some techniques are also applicable to nanostructured materials.  As scientific advances are… Continue Reading