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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

NNCO Will Hold Webinar on Nanotechnology and the Insurance Industry

Posted in Federal, United States
On September 22, 2016, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) will hold a webinar on the insurance industry and the challenges of underwriting nanotechnology and other emerging technologies.  NNCO Director Dr. Michael Meador will moderate the webinar discussion.  Speakers will include: Allen Gelwick, Executive Vice President of the Lockton Companies; Christie Sayes, Associate Professor of… Continue Reading

Draft 2016 NNI Strategic Plan Available for Public Comment

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
On September 13, 2016, the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) announced in the Federal Register the availability of the draft 2016 NNI Strategic Plan for public comment.  The NNI Strategic Plan represents a consensus among NNI agencies on the high-level goals and priorities of the NNI, and on specific objectives to be pursued over at least… Continue Reading

National Academies Publishes Prepublication Version of Triennial Review of the NNI

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
In early September 2016, the National Academies published a prepublication version of the Triennial Review of the National Nanotechnology Initiative.  The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) asked the National Research Council (NRC) to conduct a triennial review of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI).  In particular, the NRC was asked to assess:  (1) mechanisms to advance… 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

Global Summit on Regulatory Science Will Focus on Nanotechnology Standards and Applications

Posted in Federal, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
The 2016 Global Summit on Regulatory Science (GSRS) will be held September 7-9, 2016, in Bethesda, Maryland.  Each GSRS meeting focuses on an area of regulatory science that would benefit from discussions aimed at identifying future research directions, and this GSRS meeting will focus on nanotechnology standards and applications, building on an October 11, 2015,… 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

U.S. Army ERDC Conducting Survey to Inform Risk Management Tool for Developing Nano-Enabled Products and Nanomaterials

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) is developing a web-enabled information and screening tool intended to help small businesses integrating or developing nanoscale materials address uncertainty related to regulatory compliance and environment, health, and occupational safety (EHOS) risks.  To that end, ERDC is conducting a brief survey to identify resources, regulations, and… 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

Comments on 2011 Proposed SNURs Prompt Proposal Regarding Hierarchy of Controls

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On July 28, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed changes to the existing regulations governing significant new uses of chemical substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to align these regulations with revisions to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communications Standard (HCS), as well as changes to the OSHA… 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

Lynn L. Bergeson Will Speak at 15th Annual NanoBCA Conference

Posted in United States
Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), will speak at the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association’s (NanoBCA) 15th Annual Conference, which will be held June 14, 2016, in New York City, New York. The conference will include leading experts from private industry who are commercializing nanomaterials. Nanotechnology leaders such as Jim Phillips, Chairman… Continue Reading

EPA Intends to Promulgate Final Nanoscale Materials Rule in October 2016

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
According to an item in the Spring 2016 Regulatory Agenda, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is “developing a final rule related to” its April 6, 2015, proposal to require reporting and recordkeeping requirements under Section 8(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for certain chemical substances when they are manufactured or processed at… Continue Reading

EPA Promulgates SNUR for Functionalized CNTs (Generic)

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On May 16, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated, through a direct final rule, significant new use rules (SNUR) for 55 chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMN), including functionalized carbon nanotubes (CNT) (generic).  EPA states that it determined that any use of the functionalized CNTs without the use of… Continue Reading

NNCO Accepting Registrations for SME and NanoEHS Webinars

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On May 11, 2016, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) will hold a webinar for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) that will focus on the experiences, successes, and challenges for SMEs working in nanotechnology and on issues of interest to the business community.  The National Science Foundation’s Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing, at Northeastern University’s College… 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

SNWG Submits Comments on NIOSH Draft CIB on Silver Nanomaterials

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On April 18, 2016, the Silver Nanotechnology Working Group (SNWG) submitted comments on the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) draft NIOSH Current Intelligence Bulletin:  Health Effects of Occupational Exposure to Silver Nanomaterials.  The draft Current Intelligence Bulletin (CIB) includes a review and assessment of the currently available scientific literature on the toxicological… Continue Reading

OSTP Blog Item Notes Recent Reports Highlighting Continued Federal Commitment To NanoEHS

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) posted on April 11, 2016, a blog item, authored by Lloyd Whitman, OSTP, and Dr. Treye Thomas, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), entitled “Supporting Responsible Development of Nanotechnology.”  The item states that the following reports released in March 2016 highlight federal investments and activities in the area… Continue Reading

NIOSH Publishes Nanotechnology Safety Program Guide for SMEs

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On April 4, 2016, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a report entitled Building a Safety Program to Protect the Nanotechnology Workforce: A Guide for Small to Medium-Sized Enterprises. The report states that employees may be at risk of exposure by inhalation, skin absorption, or ingestion. According to the report, several… 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