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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

NIOSH Publishes Nanotechnology Research Plan for 2018-2025

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On January 24, 2019, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a document entitled Continuing to Protect the Nanotechnology Workforce:  NIOSH Nanotechnology Research Plan for 2018-2025.  NIOSH is using the Nanotechnology Research Plan for fiscal years (FY) 2018-2025 as a roadmap to advance:  (1) understanding of nanotechnology-related toxicology and workplace exposures; and… Continue Reading

New York Delays Enforcement of Household Cleansing Product Information Disclosure Program

Posted in Legal/Regulatory Issues, State, United States
On January 9, 2019, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) announced a three-month delay in its enforcement of the Household Cleansing Product Information Disclosure Program (Disclosure Program), from July 1, 2019, to October 1, 2019.  NYSDEC published its announcement in the January 9, 2019, Environmental Notice Bulletin.  As reported in our June… Continue Reading

B&C Publishes Forecast for U.S. Federal and International Chemical Regulatory Policy 2019

Posted in Federal, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and its consulting affiliate The Acta Group (Acta®) published on January 8, 2019, our “Forecast for U.S. Federal and International Chemical Regulatory Policy 2019.”  In this richly detailed document, the legal, scientific, and regulatory professionals of B&C and Acta distill key trends in U.S. and global chemical law and provide… Continue Reading

Researchers Survey Nanosafety Research in the European Union and U.S.

Posted in International, Research, United States
The December 2018 issue of the Journal of Nanoparticle Research includes an article entitled “A survey on the state of nanosafety research in the European Union and the United States.”  According to the abstract, the authors surveyed researchers in the field of environmental safety and health of nanomaterials between September 2017 and January 2018 to… Continue Reading

Transcript Available for NIOSH Webinar on Revised Draft CIB for Silver Nanomaterials

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has posted the transcript for the October 30, 2018, webinar on its revised draft document entitled Current Intelligence Bulletin:  Health Effects of Occupational Exposure to Silver Nanomaterials.  As reported in our September 19, 2018, blog item, the revised draft Current Intelligence Bulletin (CIB) provides an updated… Continue Reading

EPA Withdraws SNUR for Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a Federal Register notice on December 7, 2018, withdrawing significant new use rules (SNUR) promulgated under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for 28 chemical substances, including single-walled carbon nanotubes, that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMN).  As reported in our October 10, 2018, blog item, EPA… Continue Reading

EPA Will Withdraw SNUR for Carbon Nanomaterial (Generic)

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is scheduled to publish a Federal Register notice on December 4, 2018, withdrawing significant new use rules (SNUR) promulgated under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for 26 chemical substances, including carbon nanomaterial (generic), that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMN).  As reported in our October 2, 2018,… Continue Reading

B&C Launches All Things Chemical™ Podcast with Debut Episode “Animal Testing and New TSCA”

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
On November 1, 2018, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) launched a podcast called All Things Chemical™ that will engage listeners in intelligent, insightful conversation about everything related to industrial, pesticidal, and specialty chemicals and the law and business issues surrounding chemicals.  B&C’s talented team of lawyers, scientists, and consultants will keep listeners abreast of the… Continue Reading

Slides Available from NIOSH Webinar on Revised Draft CIB for Silver Nanomaterials

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On October 30, 2018, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) held a webinar on its revised draft document entitled Current Intelligence Bulletin:  Health Effects of Occupational Exposure to Silver Nanomaterials.  The meeting agenda and slide presentation are available in the docket, as well as a list of meeting attendees.  As reported in… Continue Reading

OIRA Seeks Comment on How to Reduce Regulatory Differences between the U.S. and Canada, Including for Emerging Technologies Not Yet Regulated

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) published a request for information (RFI) on October 9, 2018, seeking comment on how the federal government, under the auspices of the Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC), may reduce or eliminate unnecessary regulatory differences between the U.S. and Canada.  According to the RFI, this information may inform agencies’… Continue Reading