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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

NNCO Announces 2016 NNI Strategic Plan

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research, United States
On November 1, 2016, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) announced the release of the 2016 National Nanotechnology Initiative Strategic Plan.  The 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act of 2003 requires National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) agencies to develop an updated Strategic Plan every three years.  The 2016 Strategic Plan represents a consensus among the… Continue Reading

NIOSH Announces Recent Publications on Nanotechnology and Certain Types of Carbon Nanotubes

Posted in Federal, Research, United States
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently announced the availability of the following publications: Nanotechnology: Delivering on the Promise is a two-volume American Chemical Society symposium report that discusses advances in nanotechnology and the value of precautionary risk management.  Editors include NIOSH Associate Director for Nanotechnology Charles L. Geraci, Ph.D., CIH.  Lynn… Continue Reading

ISO Publishes Standard for Compilation and Description of Sample Preparation and Dosing Methods for Engineered and Manufactured Nanomaterials

Posted in Research
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published ISO/TR 16196:2016, “Nanotechnologies — Compilation and description of sample preparation and dosing methods for engineered and manufactured nanomaterials.”  The goal of the standard is to assist scientists and experts to understand, plan, choose, and address issues relevant to nanomaterials before and during toxicological testing.  The descriptions of sample… Continue Reading

Germany Publishes Review of the Joint Research Strategy of the Higher Federal Authorities

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
Germany Publishes Review of the Joint Research Strategy of the Higher Federal Authorities   On September 19, 2016, the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) published a report entitled Review of the joint research strategy of the higher federal authorities — Nanomaterials and other advanced materials:  Application safety and environmental compatibility.  The report… Continue Reading

EPA Researches How Sunscreens Containing Engineered Nanomaterials Might Change When Exposed to Chemicals in Pool Water

Posted in Federal, Research, United States
An August 15, 2016, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) blog item describes EPA’s research on sunscreens containing engineered nanomaterials and how they might change when exposed to chemicals in pool water.  According to EPA, many sunscreens contain titanium dioxide engineered nanomaterials, which are often coated with other materials such as aluminum hydroxide to shield skin… Continue Reading

Synopsis Available for 2016 U.S.-EU: Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts Joint Workshop

Posted in International, Research, United States
The synopsis is available for the June 6-7, 2016, U.S.-European Union (EU) Nano Environmental and Health Safety (NanoEHS) Research Efforts joint workshop.  According to the synopsis, the first day of the workshop was devoted to an interactive nanoEHS scrimmage in which the groups collectively responded to a spill of a hypothetical nanotechnology-enabled product.  U.S.-EU Communities… Continue Reading

NIEHS-Funded Center Will Assess Safety of Engineered Nanomaterials

Posted in Federal, Research, United States
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is funding a new interdisciplinary Nanosafety Research Center at the T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH).  The main focus of the new HSPH-NIEHS Center is to bring together scientists from across disciplines — material science, chemistry, exposure assessment, risk assessment, nanotoxicology, and nanobiology — to… Continue Reading

Review Published of Nanomaterials for Products and Application in Agriculture, Feed, and Food in the European Union

Posted in International, Research
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) requested a review of the already marketed and in-development applications of nanomaterials in the agri/feed/food sectors.  The results of the review are published in the August 2016 issue of Trends in Food Science & Technology in an article entitled “Nanomaterials for products and application in agriculture, feed and food.” … Continue Reading

Two Workshops Will Be Held Before October 2016 OpenTox Euro Conference

Posted in International, Research
Two workshops, a European Union (EU)-U.S. Nano Environmental and Health Safety (NanoEHS) workshop and a nano modeling workshop, will be held in advance of the October 2016 OpenTox Euro Conference.  The EU-U.S. NanoEHS workshop, “Enabling a Sustainable Harmonized Knowledge Infrastructure Supporting NanoEHS Assessment,” will be held October 24, 2016.  The objective of the workshop is… Continue Reading

White Paper Describes Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenge for Future Computing

Posted in Federal, Research, United States
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) announced on July 29, 2016, that federal agencies released a white paper describing the collective federal vision for the emerging and innovative solutions needed to realize the Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenge for Future Computing announced in October 2015.  The white paper, a collaboration by the U.S.… Continue Reading

OECD Publishes Dossier Summaries for CNTs, Fullerenes, and Silicon Dioxide

Posted in OECD, Research
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently published several dossier summaries for nanomaterials tested as part of its Testing Program of Manufactured Nanomaterials.  Under the Program, sponsors tested 11 nanomaterials for:  nanomaterial information/identification; physical-chemical properties and material characterization; environmental fate; toxicological and eco-toxicological effects; environmental toxicology; mammalian toxicology; and material safety.  The new… Continue Reading

NanoSafety Cluster Publishes 2016 Edition of Compendium of Projects

Posted in International, Research
On July 11, 2016, the NanoSafety Cluster (NSC) published the 2016 edition of the Compendium of Projects in the European NanoSafety Cluster.  According to NSC, the focus of investment and research “has moved increasingly towards predictive and high throughput approaches to nanosafety, including safety-by-design, bioinformatics, as well as the utilisation of nano-characterisation and safety datasets… Continue Reading

IRSST Studies Efficacy of N95 Respirators in Conditions Representative of Human Breathing

Posted in Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research
On June 28, 2016, Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) issued a press release announcing the availability of a study on “Efficiency Evaluation of N95 FFRs under Cyclic and Constant Flows.”  Researchers tested the efficacy of N95 filtering facepiece respirators (FFR) in conditions of constant and cyclical air flow,… Continue Reading

CRS Prepares “Policy Primer” on Nanotechnology

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research, United States
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) prepared a June 28, 2016, report, Nanotechnology: A Policy Primer. The report provides an overview of federal research and development (R&D) in nanotechnology, U.S. competitiveness in the field, environmental, health, and safety (EHS) concerns, nanomanufacturing, and public understanding of and attitudes toward nanotechnology. According to the report, while more than… Continue Reading

NIOSH Publishes PPOP on Nanotechnology Research Center

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research, United States
On June 15, 2016, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) posted a number of Program Performance One-Pagers (PPOP), including a May 2016 PPOP on the NIOSH Nanotechnology Research Center (NTRC).  The PPOP states that the NTRC focuses on increasing understanding of hazards and related health risks to workers who make and use… Continue Reading

NIOSH Explores Workplace Exposure to Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research, United States
The May 2016 issue of NIOSH Research Rounds includes an item entitled “Research Explores Workplace Exposure to Carbon Nanotubes.”  The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) summarizes the following two published papers by NIOSH investigators with partners at Kazan State Medical University, in Kazan, Russia, that explore whether workplace exposure to multi-walled carbon… Continue Reading

FSANZ Publishes Reports on the Use of Nanotechnology in Food Additives and Packaging

Posted in International, Research
In June 2016, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) announced the availability of two reports on the potential use of nanotechnologies in existing food additives and food packaging.  FSANZ retained an expert toxicologist to review publicly available scientific literature on whether there is reasonable evidence of health risks associated with oral ingestion of titanium dioxide,… Continue Reading

Swiss Researchers Develop Model to Assess How Nanoparticles “Flow Through the Environment”

Posted in International, Research
The Swiss National Science Foundation issued a May 12, 2016, press release announcing that researchers from the National Research Program “Opportunities and Risks of Nanomaterials” have developed a new model to track the flow of the “most important nanomaterials in the environment.”  To assess how man-made nanoparticles make their way into the air, earth, or… Continue Reading

EU NanoSafety Cluster Publishes “Closer to the Market” Roadmap

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
On April 19, 2016, the European Union (EU) NanoSafety Cluster announced the availability of the “Closer to the Market” Roadmap (CTTM).  The NanoSafety Cluster states that the CTTM is a “multi-dimensional, stepwise plan targeting a framework to deliver safe nano-enabled products to the market.”  The steps include:  (1) building an inclusive collaboration network; (2) bringing… Continue Reading