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Obama’s Actions to Promote American Entrepreneurship Include Supporting Nanotechnology Industry

Posted in Federal, United States
On November 30, 2016, the White House published a blog item, “President Obama’s Top Ten Actions to Accelerate American Entrepreneurship,” and posted a fact sheet on President Obama’s entrepreneurship accomplishments.  The tenth action is “Unleashed entrepreneurship in the industries of the future, including clean energy, biotechnology, the commercial space industry, nanotechnology, drones, robotics, advanced manufacturing,… Continue Reading

Registration Open for Webinar on “Water Sustainability through Nanotechnology: Increasing Water Availability”

Posted in Federal, United States
Registration is now open for a December 7, 2016, National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) webinar, “Water Sustainability through Nanotechnology:  Increasing Water Availability.”  NNI states that water demand in the U.S. is projected to increase over the next several decades.  In addition to increased demand, many U.S. aquifers are being depleted at unsustainable rates, which may lead… Continue Reading

FDA CDER Identifies Nanotechnology as Area of Interest for Site Visit Training Program for OPQ Staff

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a Federal Register notice on November 16, 2016, announcing the 2017 Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) Office of Pharmaceutical Quality (OPQ) Staff Experiential Learning Site Visit Program.  According to the notice, “[a] critical part of the commitment by CDER to make safe and effective high-quality drugs… 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 Sampling Strategy to Help Identify Potential Nanomaterial Exposure in an Occupational Setting

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On November 1, 2016, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a blog item entitled “Never fear!  NEAT 2.0 is here! — How to perform nanomaterial exposure assessment in the workplace.”  NIOSH notes that in 2009, it developed and was the first to recommend using the nanoparticle emission assessment technique (NEAT).  According… Continue Reading

EPA Proposes SNUR for Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes (Generic)

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On October 27, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed significant new use rules (SNUR) for three chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMN), including functionalized carbon nanotubes (generic).  According to the notice, the PMN states that the substance will be used as a thin film for electronic device applications.  Based… Continue Reading

NIOSH Presentation on Engineering Controls for Nanotechnology Now Available

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On September 27, 2016, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC) met, and its discussion included engineering controls and nanomaterials.  Kevin H. Dunn, Sc.D., CIH, a NIOSH Division of Applied Research and Technology (DART) mechanical engineer and member of NIOSH’s Nanotechnology Research Center, provided an update to the… Continue Reading

2016 SNO Conference Will Focus on Sustainable Nanotechnology Systems

Posted in United States
The 2016 Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization (SNO) conference will be held November 10-12, 2016.  The conference sessions will be organized around selected “systems,” and sessions will be populated with talks on applications, effects and implications, analytical methods, and lifecycle aspects of nanomaterials within each system.  The aims are to identity where nanomaterials and nanotechnology can improve… Continue Reading

EPA Submits Final TSCA Rule on Nanomaterials to OMB for Review

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
On October 7, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a final rule that would require reporting and recordkeeping information on certain chemical substances when they are manufactured or processed as nanoscale materials.  EPA issued a proposed rule, under Section 8(a) of the Toxic Substances Control… Continue Reading

Webinar Will Announce NSI on Water Sustainability through Nanotechnology

Posted in Federal, United States
On October 19, 2016, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) will hold a webinar to announce the Nanotechnology Signature Initiative (NSI):  Water Sustainability through Nanotechnology.  The webinar will highlight the activities of several participating federal agencies.  NNCO states that the webinar will be the first in a series exploring the confluence of nanotechnology and water. … 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

Minnesota Adds Several Nanomaterials to List of Chemicals of High Concern

Posted in State, United States
On September 13, 2016, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced the availability of an updated list of chemicals of high concern.  Chemicals added to the list of chemicals of high concern include silicon carbide whiskers (Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) Number 409-21-2), carbon nanotubes, multi-walled MWCNT-7 (CAS Number 308068-56-6), and silicon carbide, fibrous (CAS Number… 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

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