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TURI Publishes Nanomaterials Fact Sheet

Posted in Legal/Regulatory Issues, State, United States
In August 2017, the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI), a research, education, and policy center established by the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act of 1989, published a nanomaterials fact sheet.  The fact sheet is part of a series of chemical and material fact sheets developed by TURI that are intended to help Massachusetts companies, community… 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

NNI Publishes Report on RSL Initiatives in Nanotechnology

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Local, State, United States
On May 17, 2013, the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) published a report on regional, state, and local (RSL) initiatives in nanotechnology. The report is the result of a workshop, convened May 1-2, 2012, and sponsored by the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council and the Oregon Nanoscience and… Continue Reading

ECHA Will Create Working Group on Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, State
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) recently held a two-day workshop concerning its first experiences with nanomaterials under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) program, with an emphasis on the evaluation process. ECHA, Member State Competent Authorities (MSCA), accredited stakeholders, and the European Commission (EC) discussed how nanomaterials in general have been characterized in… Continue Reading

CalNIN Sponsoring Workshop on Challenges and Opportunities for Businesses Engaged in Nanotechnology

Posted in Legal/Regulatory Issues, State, United States
The B&C Consortia Management, L.L.C. (BCMM) is pleased to announce that the UCLA Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology will be hosting a workshop that will be sponsored by The California Nanotechnology Industry Network (CalNIN) on Challenges and Opportunities for Businesses Engaged in Nanotechnology on September 25, 2012. Planned topics include: Nanotechnology industry in California;… Continue Reading

Wisconsin Bill Would Create Nanotechnology Information Hub and Nanotechnology Council

Posted in Legal/Regulatory Issues, State, United States
S.B. 533, which was prepared for the Joint Legislative Council’s Special Committee on Nanotechnology, was introduced in the Wisconsin Senate on February 29, 2012, by the Joint Legislative Council.  The bill directs the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents to maintain a nanotechnology information hub, for at least five years, to promote the development… Continue Reading

Lynn L. Bergeson Will Participate in Webinar on the Greening of Consumer Products

Posted in Federal, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, State, United States
Lynn L. Bergeson will participate in a February 7, 2012, Bloomberg BNA webinar entitled “The Greening of Consumer Products:  Legal, Regulatory, and Strategic Considerations.” Bloomberg BNA states that the webinar is intended to help users: Identify the core concepts of green product development and the maturation of conventional environmental protection themes on which green product steward… Continue Reading

Nanotech Commercialization Conference Will Be Held in North Carolina in April

Posted in Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research, State, United States
The NanoBusiness Commercialization Association, North Carolina Department of Commerce, and Center of Innovation for Nanobiotechnology will co-host the Nanotech Commercialization Conference on April 4-5, 2012, in Research Triangle, North Carolina. Lynn L. Bergeson will speak at the Conference, which will include: National-level keynote speakers; Sessions, workshops, and exhibits showcasing the latest advances in the field; Discussions… Continue Reading

OEHHA Posts Comments on Revised Proposed Regulation for Hazard Traits and Environmental and Toxicological Endpoints

Posted in Legal/Regulatory Issues, State, United States
The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has posted comments received on its July 29, 2011, revised proposed regulation concerning the specification of hazard traits, environmental and toxicological endpoints, and other relevant data that are to be included in California’s Toxics Information Clearinghouse.  The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) will use information… Continue Reading

OEHHA Revises Proposed Regulation for Hazard Traits and Environmental and Toxicological Endpoints

Posted in Legal/Regulatory Issues, State
The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced on July 29, 2011, that it revised its proposed regulation concerning the specification of hazard traits, environmental and toxicological end-points, and other relevant data that are to be included in California’s Toxics Information Clearinghouse.  The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) will use information from… Continue Reading

UCSF’s Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment Publishes Recommendations for Addressing Health Risks from Nanomaterials in California

Posted in Legal/Regulatory Issues, State, United States
Last week, the University of California, San Francisco’s (UCSF) Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment announced the publication of its “Recommendations for Addressing Potential Health Risks from Nanomaterials in California,” which provides recommendations for addressing potential health risks from nanomaterials to the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) and to the state of… Continue Reading

NNI Announces Release of Regional, State, and Local Initiatives Workshop Report

Posted in Local, State, United States
The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) has announced the release of the report for its April 2009 regional, state, and local (RSL) initiatives. According to NNI, the goals of the workshop and the report are “to advance development of nanotechnology research, education, infrastructure, commercialization, and positive societal outcomes by exploiting synergies between the various regional, state, and… Continue Reading

BCCM Working with BASF to Create Consortium to Respond to CDTSC DCI

Posted in Legal/Regulatory Issues, State, United States
B&C Consortia Management, L.L.C. (BCCM) is working with BASF Corporation (BASF) to create a consortium to provide the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (CDTSC) information on analytical methods that could be used to measure certain nanoscale materials in air, surface water, and soil.  The collaborative project will involve adapting known methods used to measure… Continue Reading

Switzerland Posts Guidelines for Preparing SDSs for Synthetic Nanomaterials

Posted in Federal, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, State
The Switzerland State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) has posted a December 21, 2010, guidance document for preparing safety data sheets (SDS) for synthetic nanomaterials. Safety Data Sheet (SDS): Guidelines for Synthetic Nanomaterials is intended to demonstrate the information necessary to ensure the safe handling of nano-objects and products that contain nano-objects; offer assistance on how the… Continue Reading

CDTSC Issues DCI for Nano Metals, Nano Metal Oxides, and Quantum Dots

Posted in Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research, State, United States
On December 21, 2010, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (CDTSC) issued a data call-in (DCI) for information regarding analytical test methods, and other relevant information, from manufacturers of nano silver, nano zero valent iron, nano titanium dioxide, nano zinc oxide, nano cerium oxide, and quantum dots. According to CDTSC, Health and Safety Code Section… Continue Reading

California Removes Nano References in the Revised Safer Consumer Product Alternatives Regulations

Posted in Legal/Regulatory Issues, State, United States
On November 16, 2010, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (CDTSC) released revisions to its safer consumer product alternatives regulations for a 15-day comment period. Of particular note, CDTSC has removed all references to nanotechnology and nanomaterials in the proposed regulations, which previously defined nanomaterials and included “physical, chemical, or quantum properties specific to nanomaterials”… Continue Reading

OPP Considering Labeling of Nanopesticides

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research, State, United States
The State Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG) Pesticide Operations and Management (POM) Committee held a meeting on September 20, 2010. During the meeting, Jennifer McLain, Associate Director of the Antimicrobials Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), provided an update on EPA’s regulation of pesticides… Continue Reading

CDTSC and EPA Hold Public Workshop on State and Federal Nanomaterial Activities

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research, State, United States
On September 22, 2010, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (CDTSC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a public workshop on state and federal nanomaterial activities. During the workshop, CDTSC and EPA discussed the results of California’s data call-in (DCI) for carbon nanotubes (CNT), its plans for future DCIs, and EPA’s efforts related… Continue Reading

CDTSC Reschedules Public Workshop on State and Federal Nanomaterial Activities

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research, State, United States
The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (CDTSC) has rescheduled its workshop on state and federal nanomaterial activities for September 22, 2010. CDTSC, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) are cosponsoring the workshop to discuss the results of California’s carbon nanotube (CNT) information call-in, future data call-in requests… Continue Reading

OEHHA Releases Pre-Regulatory Draft Regulation for Hazard Traits and Environmental and Toxicological Endpoints

Posted in Legal/Regulatory Issues, State, United States
The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has released for comment a pre-regulatory draft regulation regarding the specification of hazard traits, environmental and toxicological end-points, and other relevant data that are to be included in California’s Toxics Information Clearinghouse. The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (CDTSC) will use information from the Clearinghouse to… Continue Reading

EPA And CDTSC Drafting MOU To Share Data

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, State, United States
According to the California Department of Toxic Substances Control’s (CDTSC) website, it is drafting a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to facilitate information exchange, collaboration, and outline a working partnership on emerging chemicals, green chemistry, and materials management. Under the new MOU, EPA and CDTSC will: 1.  Establish chemical specific… Continue Reading

CDTSC Postpones Public Workshop on State and Federal Nanomaterial Activities

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, State, United States
Due to California’s budget issues and resulting furlough for civil service employees, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (CDTSC) has postponed its August 13, 2010, workshop on state and federal nanomaterial activities. CDTSC, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) are cosponsoring the workshop to discuss the results… Continue Reading

Massachusetts Releases Nanotechnology Guidance Document

Posted in Legal/Regulatory Issues, State, United States
The Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance (MOTA) will post this week a Technology Guidance Document entitled “Nanotechnology — Considerations for Safe Development,” which includes recommendations intended to enhance the safety of nanotechnology.  According to MOTA, it is providing the Guidance for “the express purpose of assisting in the development of this technology, as failure to… Continue Reading

Final Nano Summit White Paper Released

Posted in Legal/Regulatory Issues, State, United States
We are pleased to announce the release of the final white paper from the October 8-9, 2009, summit entitled “Environmentally Responsible Development of Nanotechnology,” which was held by The Research Triangle Environmental Health Collaborative. The charge for summit attendees was to explore issues regarding potential risk across nano-enabled product lifecycles, with the goal of generating a… Continue Reading