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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

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

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

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

EPA Posts Final Work Plan for Nanosilver Registration Review Process

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research, United States

On October 19, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted the Final Work Plan (FWP) for the nanosilver registration review process under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The FWP explains what the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) “knows about nanosilver generally, highlighting anticipated data and assessment needs for each unique nanosilver… Continue Reading

NNI Publishes Key Takeaways and Transcript for Webinar on Technology Pathways Toward Commercializing Nanotechnology

Posted in Federal, Research, United States

The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) has published key takeaways and a transcript for the September 19, 2018, webinar, “Technology Pathways Toward Commercializing Nanotechnology.”  The webinar focused on quality control in the manufacturing process and built on NNI’s November 2017 Technology Pathways workshop.  Webinar panelists Katherine Barton, Laboratory and Production Manager at Nano-C, and Doug Singer,… Continue Reading

EPA Publishes SNUR for Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research, United States

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published on October 10, 2018, a direct final  rule promulgating significant new use rules (SNUR) for 28 chemical substances, including  single-walled carbon nanotubes, that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMN).  The chemical substances are subject to orders issued by EPA pursuant to Section 5(e) of the Toxic Substances… Continue Reading

EPA Will Publish SNUR for Carbon Nanomaterial (Generic)

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is scheduled to publish on October 3, 2018, a direct final rule promulgating significant new use rules (SNUR) for 26 chemical substances, including carbon nanomaterial (generic), that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMN).  The chemical substances are subject to orders issued by EPA pursuant to Sections 5(e) and… Continue Reading

CPSC’s FY 2019 Operating Plan Includes Collaborative Nanotechnology Research Activities

Posted in Federal, Research, United States

On September 26, 2018, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will discuss the Fiscal Year 2019 Operating Plan.  According to the Operating Plan, in fiscal year (FY) 2019, CPSC will continue supporting nanotechnology research and working with other federal agencies under the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) to minimize duplication and overlap of existing research… Continue Reading

NIOSH Publishes Revised Draft CIB on Health Effects of Occupational Exposure to Silver Nanomaterials, Will Hold Online Meeting

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States

On September 18, 2018, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a Federal Register notice announcing the availability of a draft document entitled Current Intelligence Bulletin:  Health Effects of Occupational Exposure to Silver Nanomaterials.  As reported in our January 22, 2016, blog item, NIOSH published a draft Current Intelligence Bulletin (CIB) on… Continue Reading

Registration Open for NNI Webinar on Technology Pathways Toward Commercializing Nanotechnology

Posted in Federal, United States

Registration is available for the National Nanotechnology Initiative’s (NNI) September 19, 2018, webinar on “Technology Pathways Toward Commercializing Nanotechnology.”  The webinar will focus on quality control in the manufacturing process and builds on NNI’s November 2017 Technology Pathways workshop.  Webinar panelists will engage in a dialogue about the criticality of and issues surrounding quality control… Continue Reading

NNI Publishes Supplement to President’s 2019 Budget Request

Posted in Federal, Research, United States

The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) has published The National Nanotechnology Initiative Supplement to the President’s 2019 Budget.  The August 2018 document not only supplements the President’s budget request for fiscal year 2019, but also serves as NNI’s annual report and addresses the requirement for Department of Defense (DOD) reporting on its nanotechnology investments.  President Trump… Continue Reading

NNCO Will Focus on Public Outreach and Promoting Commercialization of Nanotechnology

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States

According to the Summer 2018 edition of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office’s (NNCO) quarterly newsletter, in 2018, NNCO will focus on two of its primary responsibilities — providing public outreach and promoting commercialization of nanotechnology.  NNCO states that its activities “will build upon and expand efforts to tell the stories” from the National Nanotechnology Initiative… Continue Reading

Registration Opens for NNI Webinar on NanoEHS and Nanomedicine

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research, United States

Registration has opened for an August 20, 2018, webinar on “NanoEHS and Nanomedicine:  Similarities and Synergisms.”  The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) notes that there are many synergies between nanomedicine research, which addresses (among other topics) issues of efficacy and safety, and studies on the environmental, health, and safety effects of nanomaterials (nanoEHS), which include the… Continue Reading

NNCO Announces Reappointment of Director and Appointment of New Deputy Director

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States

On July 30, 2018, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) announced the reappointment of Dr. Lisa Friedersdorf as its Director and the appointment of Dr. Stacey Standridge as its Deputy Director.  NNCO is a federal interagency coordinating office that serves as a central point of contact for the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) and supports the… Continue Reading

NIOSH Draft CIB on Occupational Risk Assessment Discusses Emerging Practices, Including Nanomaterials Risk Assessment

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States

On July 26, 2018, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced the availability of a draft Current Intelligence Bulletin:  NIOSH Practices in Occupational Risk Assessment.  The draft Current Intelligence Bulletin (CIB) describes the underlying science and general approach used by NIOSH researchers when conducting high quality, scientifically sound assessments of the health… Continue Reading

NIOSH One-Pager Includes Accomplishments and Next Steps for Nanotechnology Research Center

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States

On July 9, 2018, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a one-page document on its Nanotechnology Research Center (NTRC), which conducts research to understand the potential effects on human health of exposure to engineered nanomaterials and develops methods to control or eliminate exposures.  NTRC’s accomplishments include: Publishing 101 journal articles in… Continue Reading

Second Workshop on Quantifying Exposure to Engineered Nanomaterials from Manufactured Products Will Be Held in October

Posted in Federal, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States

The “2nd Quantifying Exposure to Engineered Nanomaterials from Manufactured Products (QEEN II) Workshop” will be held October 9-10, 2018, in Washington, D.C.  Sponsored by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and co-hosted by the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), the Workshop will highlight new research on the tools and methods available to characterize and quantify effective… Continue Reading