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Registration Opens for NNI Webinar on Nanotechnology-Related Standards

Posted in Federal, Research, United States
Registration has opened for the National Nanotechnology Initiative’s (NNI) July 9, 2019, webinar, “Nanotechnology-Related Standards: Availability and Applications.”  According to NNI, the development and use of nanotechnology-related standards is critical to ensuring validated measurements and methods to specify nanomaterial-containing products.  NNI states that standards are also necessary for comparative evaluation and assessment of the environmental,… Continue Reading

New York Further Delays Enforcement of Household Cleansing Product Information Disclosure Program

Posted in Legal/Regulatory Issues, State, United States
On June 12, 2019, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) announced that it will delay enforcement of the Household Cleansing Product Information Disclosure Program (Disclosure Program) from July 1, 2019, to January 1, 2020. NYSDEC states in the June 12, 2019, Environmental Notice Bulletin that it will begin enforcing any violations of… Continue Reading

Stories from the NNI Podcast Series Includes Conversation with Vince Caprio, NanoBCA Founder and Executive Director

Posted in Federal, United States
The most recent episode of the National Nanotechnology Initiative’s (NNI) podcast series, Stories from the NNI, features Vince Caprio, Founder and Executive Director of the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA).  Dr. Lisa Friedersdorf, Director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), speaks with Caprio about his memories of the early establishment of NNI, his thoughts on… Continue Reading

Registration Opens for NNI Webinar on Measurements of Potential Ecotoxicological Risk

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
Registration is now available for the National Nanotechnology Initiative’s (NNI) June 11, 2019, webinar on “Practical Applications of 15 Years of NanoEHS Research:  Measurements of Potential Ecotoxicological Risk.”  The speaker will be Dr. Elijah Petersen, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and Dr. Treye Thomas, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and NNI Coordinator… Continue Reading

NIOSH Activities at 2019 AIHce EXP Include Presentations on Nanomaterials

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On May 17, 2019, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced that its presentations at the May 20-22, 2019, American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Expo (AIHce EXP) include: PDC 601: How to Assess and Manage Nanomaterial Risks Presenters:  Laura Hodson, Adrienne Eastlake Type:  Professional Development Course, May 19, 2019; 119 — An… Continue Reading

Slides Available from ACS Webinar on Working Safely with Nanomaterials in the Laboratory

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
The American Chemical Society (ACS) has posted the slides from its May 16, 2019, webinar on working safely with nanomaterials in the laboratory.  Chuck Geraci, Associate Director for Emerging Technologies at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), moderated a panel including: Ken Kretchman, Director of Environmental Health Safety, North Carolina State University;… Continue Reading

EC JRC Announces Publication of Article on Measuring Nanoparticles in Medicinal Products

Posted in International, Research, United States
The European Commission’s (EC) Joint Research Center (JRC) announced on May 10, 2019, publication of an article entitled “Measuring particle size distribution of nanoparticle enabled medicinal products, the joint view of EUNCL and NCI-NCL.  A step by step approach combining orthogonal measurements with increasing complexity” in the April 10, 2019, issue of the Journal of… Continue Reading

Workshop Report Published on EU-U.S. Priorities in Nanosafety

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research, United States
On March 5-6, 2019, a workshop on “Fostering EU‐U.S. Cooperation in Nanosafety” was held.  According to the workshop report, the workshop intended to answer two main questions: What should be the future research priorities in nanosafety and other advanced materials; and What are the opportunities for European Union (EU)‐U.S. cooperation priorities in nanosafety. The discussion… Continue Reading

NIOSH Seeks Comment on Proposed Information Collection Project That Will Survey Engineered Nanomaterial Occupational Safety and Health Practices

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On April 23, 2019, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a Federal Register notice inviting comment on a proposed information collection project entitled “Survey of Engineered Nanomaterial Occupational Safety and Health Practices.”  The goal of the project is to assess the relevance and impact of NIOSH’s contribution to guidelines and risk… Continue Reading

ACS Will Hold Free Webinar on Working Safely with Nanomaterials in the Laboratory

Posted in Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research, United States
On May 16, 2019, the American Chemical Society (ACS) will hold a webinar on working safely with nanomaterials in the laboratory.  Chuck Geraci, Associate Director for Emerging Technologies at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), will moderate a panel including: Ken Kretchman, Director of Environmental Safety, NC State University; Craig Merlic, Professor… Continue Reading

FDA Extends Comment Period for Proposed Rule for OTC Sunscreen Drug Products

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
On April 18, 2019, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a Federal Register notice announcing that it is extending the comment period for its February 26, 2019, proposed rule that would put into effect a final monograph for nonprescription, over-the-counter (OTC) sunscreen drug products.  The proposed rule describes the conditions under which FDA proposes… Continue Reading

18th Annual NanoBusiness Conference Will Be Held in June in Washington, D.C.

Posted in Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
The NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) will hold its 18th Annual NanoBusiness Conference on June 4, 2019, in Washington, D.C.  Speakers will include: Arpana Verma, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer, NanoMech Industries, Inc.; Doyle Edwards, Director, Government Programs, Brewer Science; Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.; Hugues Jacquemin, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), OCSiAI LLC;… Continue Reading

TechConnect World 2019 Will Include Panel on Applying the Best Health, Safety, and Environment Practices to Advanced Manufacturing

Posted in International, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
TechConnect World Innovation Conference and Expo will be held June 17-19, 2019.  It will include the third installment of a panel started three years ago, “Tools and Techniques:  Applying the Best Health, Safety, and Environment Practices to Advanced Manufacturing.”  The Symposium Co-Chairs include: Sally Tinkle, Senior Strategy and Policy Advisor, IDA/Science and Technology Policy Institute;… Continue Reading

California Committee Includes Ultrafine Titanium Dioxide on Its Draft Priority 1 List for PEL Review

Posted in Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, State, United States
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health’s (Cal/OSHA) Health Effects Advisory Committee (HEAC) for the Development of Permissible Exposure Limits (PEL) will meet on June 4, 2019.  According to the meeting agenda, HEAC will discuss the selection of Priority 1 substances for HEAC review.  HEAC has posted a draft 2019 Priority 1 List consisting… Continue Reading

Registration Begins for NNI Webinar on Characterization and Quantification of Engineered Nanomaterials

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research, United States
Registration is available for the National Nanotechnology Initiative’s (NNI) April 9, 2019, webinar on “Characterization and Quantification of Engineered Nanomaterials:  Drivers of NanoEHS Research.”  The speaker will be Dr. Robert MacCuspie, Natural Immunogenics Corp., and Dr. Debra Kaiser, National Institute of Standards and Technology, will moderate.  The webinar will examine the significant progress in characterization… Continue Reading

“Stories from the NNI” Discusses Nanotechnology and Workplace Safety with Dr. Chuck Geraci

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
The March 18, 2019, episode of the National Nanotechnology Initiative’s (NNI) podcast series, “Stories from the NNI,” is a conservation with Dr. Chuck Geraci, Associate Director for Emerging Technologies at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).  Dr. Lisa Friedersdorf, Director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), and Dr. Geraci discuss how… Continue Reading

CPSC Will Hold Public Hearing on Its Agenda and Priorities for FYs 2020 and 2021

Posted in Federal, Research, United States
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a March 19, 2019, Federal Register notice announcing that it will hold a public hearing on May 1, 2019, to receive views from all interested parties about the CPSC’s agenda and priorities for fiscal years (FY) 2020, which begins on October 1, 2019, and 2021, which begins… Continue Reading

NNI Will Hold First 2019 NanoEHS Webinar on April 9

Posted in Federal, Research, United States
The National Nanotechnology Initiative’s (NNI) 2019 public webinar series on the environmental, health, and safety effects of nanomaterials (nanoEHS) will begin on April 9, 2019, at 12:00 p.m. (EDT) with a presentation by Dr. Robert MacCuspie (Natural Immunogenics Corp.) on “Characterization and Quantification of Engineered Nanomaterials:  Drivers of NanoEHS Research.”  Upcoming webinars will include “Environmental,… Continue Reading

2019 NanoEHS CORs Workshop Will Be Held in October

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research, United States
The 2019 U.S.-European Union (EU) NanoEHS Communities of Research (COR) Workshop will take place October 15-16, 2019, at the Europole de l’Arbois in Aix en Provence, France.  The workshop is organized by the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) and the European Commission (EC).  The agenda for the October 2018 Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts Joint Workshop… Continue Reading

ISO Publishes Standard on Considerations for the Measurement of Nano-Objects and Their Aggregates and Agglomerates in Environmental Matrices

Posted in International, Research, United States
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published standard ISO/TR 21386, “Nanotechnologies — Considerations for the measurement of nano-objects and their aggregates and agglomerates (NOAA) in environmental matrices.”  The standard provides some considerations for the collection of environmental samples to be analyzed for manufactured NOAA, considerations to distinguish manufactured NOAA from background levels of naturally… Continue Reading

NNCO Celebrates NNI’s 15th Anniversary

Posted in Federal, Research, United States
The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) announced on February 28, 2019, that it is planning a number of activities to celebrate the 15-year anniversary of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI).  Upcoming events will include: Special anniversary episodes of “Stories from the NNI” podcast series. Experts from academia, government, and industry share their perspectives on key… Continue Reading

White House OSTP’s Science and Technology Highlights Include Advances in Nanotechnology

Posted in Federal, Research, United States
On February 21, 2019, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) posted a report entitled Science & Technology Highlights in the Second Year of the Trump Administration.  The report highlights science and technology achievements, including the following under “R&D Fundamentals”: Supporting and celebrating key advances in nanotechnology.  In December, OSTP’s National Nanotechnology… Continue Reading

FDA Proposed Rule for OTC Sunscreen Drug Products Addresses Sunscreens Containing Nanomaterials

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is scheduled to publish a proposed rule in the Federal Register on February 26, 2019, that would put into effect a final monograph for nonprescription, over-the-counter (OTC) sunscreen drug products.  The proposed rule describes the conditions under which FDA proposes that OTC sunscreen monograph products are generally recognized as… Continue Reading

ACGIH® TLV®-CS Committee Seeks Information on Carbon Nanotubes

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH®) Threshold Limit Values for Chemical Substances (TLV®-CS) Committee has included carbon nanotubes on its 2019 list of chemical substances and other issues under study.  Being placed on the under study list indicates that the TLV®-CS Committee has selected carbon nanotubes for development of a threshold limit value… Continue Reading