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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

Registration Now Open for 2016 U.S.-EU: Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts Joint Workshop

Posted in International, Research, United States
Registration is now open for the June 6-7, 2016, U.S.-European Union (EU) “Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts” joint workshop.  The workshop will bring together the U.S.-EU Communities of Research (COR), which serve as a platform for U.S. and EU scientists to share information on nanotechnology environmental, health, and safety (nanoEHS) research.  The goal of the workshop… Continue Reading

OECD Publishes Report on Delegation Developments on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials

Posted in Legal/Regulatory Issues, OECD, Research
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development recently posted a March 29, 2016, report entitled Developments in Delegations on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials — Tour de Table.  The report compiles information, provided by Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN) participating delegations, before and after the November 2015 WPMN meeting, on current developments on the… Continue Reading

NNI Publishes Supplement to the President’s 2017 Budget

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research, United States
On March 31, 2016, the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) published its supplement to the President’s 2017 budget request.  The supplement also serves as the NNI annual report called for under the provisions of the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act of 2003.  NNI states that the President’s budget request provides $1.4 billion for NNI,… Continue Reading

NNCO Announces Availability Of QEEN Workshop Report

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research, United States
On March 28, 2016, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) announced the release of a report entitled Quantifying Exposure to Engineered Nanomaterials (QEEN) from Manufactured Products:  Addressing Environmental, Health, and Safety Implications.  The report summarizes the July 7-8, 2015, QEEN workshop, which was sponsored by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and co-hosted by the… Continue Reading

NNI Agencies Announce Nanotechnology Signature Initiative for Water Sustainability

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research, United States
The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) issued a March 23, 2016, press release concerning the launch of a Nanotechnology Signature Initiative (NSI), Water Sustainability through Nanotechnology:  Nanoscale Solutions for a Global-Scale Challenge.  The Office of Science and Technology posted a blog item on March 23, 2016, concerning the new NSI, stating that it is intended “to… Continue Reading

OECD Publishes Reports on Physical-Chemical Properties and Categorization of Nanomaterials

Posted in Legal/Regulatory Issues, OECD, Research
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently published the following reports: Physical-chemical properties of nanomaterials: Evaluation of methods applied in the OECD-WPMN testing programme: The Netherlands volunteered to lead an initial detailed evaluation of the applicability of the test methods applied to determine the physico-chemical properties of different types of nanomaterials in the… Continue Reading

Danish EPA Assesses Nano-Enabled Technologies in Cosmetics

Posted in EU Member State, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
On February 16, 2016, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (Danish EPA) posted a report entitled Assessment of Nano-enabled Technologies in Cosmetics.  The report reviews the available literature on nano-enabled technologies for cosmetic products, specifically addressing soluble nano-transporters.  Accompanying the report is an appraised database summarizing the literature that formed the basis of the review.  The… Continue Reading

OECD Claims Urgent Research Needed into Risks from Nanomaterials in Household Waste

Posted in Legal/Regulatory Issues, OECD, Research
According to a February 22, 2016, press release from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), an OECD report states that “[u]rgent research is needed to assess the possible risks to human health and ecosystems from the ever-increasing amounts of engineered nanomaterials going into household waste and ending up in the environment.”  The OECD… Continue Reading

OECD Publishes Reports Concerning Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, OECD, Research
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has posted the following reports concerning nanomaterials: Considerations for Using Dissolution as a Function of Surface Chemistry to Evaluate Environmental Behaviour Of Nanomaterials in Risk Assessments:  A Preliminary Case Study Using Silver Nanoparticles — The December 18, 2015, report discusses preliminary findings on dissolution by media type,… Continue Reading

EFSA Publishes Nano Network 2015 Annual Report

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published on January 11, 2016, the Scientific Network for Risk Assessment of Nanotechnologies in Food and Feed (Nano Network) annual report for 2015.  The report states that, during 2015, the Nano Network followed-up on its four priority topics:  (1) the need for an inventory of nanomaterials in products on… Continue Reading