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DEFRA Releases Updated VRS Guidance

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On March 12, 2008, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) released a supplementary guidance document for the Voluntary Reporting Scheme (VRS). DEFRA prepared the supplementary guidance document to complement the existing VRS guidance. Chapter 2 describes the rationale and benefits of the VRS. Chapter 3 provides a specific list of the relevant physical, chemical, toxicological,… Continue Reading

DEFRA Posts Fifth Quarterly Report on the Voluntary Reporting Scheme

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
According to the December 22, 2007, fifth quarterly report for the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs’ (DEFRA) Voluntary Reporting Scheme (VRS) for engineered nanoscale materials, DEFRA received no new submissions since publication of the previous quarterly report in September 2007. DEFRA is in the process of updating the VRS documentation to clarify the purpose… Continue Reading

Wisconsin Representative Requests Assistance in Creating Registry

Posted in Legal/Regulatory Issues, State, United States
In a December 3, 2007, letter, to the Secretaries of Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Department of Health and Family Services (DHFS), and Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP), Wisconsin State Representative Terese Berceau (D) asks for their assistance in creating a policy “to address potential environmental problems associated with the emerging… Continue Reading

DEFRA Publishes Research Report On Manufactured Nanomaterials

Posted in EU Member State, International, OECD
On December 19, 2007, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) published a report entitled Characterising the Potential Risks Posed by Engineered Nanoparticles: A Second UK Government Research Report, which follows up on DEFRA’s 2005 report and 2006 progress report. The report reviews the status of research pertaining to the environmental, health, and safety (EHS)… Continue Reading

DEFRA Will Publish Revised VRS Guidance

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
According to the fourth quarterly report for the UK’s Voluntary Reporting Scheme (VRS) for Manufactured Nanomaterials, the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) received no new submissions during the most recent quarter. Since the VRS began in September 2006, DEFRA has received a total of nine submissions, seven from industry and two from academia. In… Continue Reading

California Hosts Symposium on Potential Hazards of Nanoparticles in the Environment

Posted in Environmental Issues, Legal/Regulatory Issues, State, United States
On October 3, 2007, the California Department for Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) held a symposium on the potential hazards of nanoparticles in the environment. According to DTSC, exploring environmentally safe processes in nanotechnology manufacturing is a component of the California Green Chemistry Initiative.  Under the Initiative, a multi-agency state team is exploring a different approach to… Continue Reading

Nanoparticle Flow Processing Consortium Files Notifications with DOJ and FTC

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
On August 27, 2007, the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing that, pursuant to Section 6(a) of the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993, 15 U.S.C. Sections 4301 et seq., the Nanoparticle Flow Processing Consortium has filed written notifications simultaneously with the Attorney… Continue Reading

CDTSC Will Hold Symposium on Potential Hazards of Nanomaterials in the Environment

Posted in Environmental Issues, Legal/Regulatory Issues, State, United States
The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (CDTSC) will hold a symposium entitled “Nanotechnology Symposium II:  Potential Hazards of Nanomaterials in the Environment” on October 3, 2007. The draft agenda includes the following topics:  Chemical Properties and Commercial/Industrial Applications of Nanotechnology; Physico-Chemical Characterization of Nanoparticles and Its Relation to Their Bio-Interactions; Potential Ecotoxicity of Nanoparticles Released… Continue Reading

President’s Council on Bioethics Will Discuss Ethical Issues Associated with Nanotechnology

Posted in Federal, United States
On August 14, 2007, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) published a Federal Register notice announcing the 30th meeting of the President’s Council on Bioethics. The agenda items listed in the notice include “continue the exploratory phase of a potential inquiry into ethical issues associated with nanotechnology with expert presentations and Council discussions.” The meeting… Continue Reading

Nanotechnology Bill Introduced in House

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
On July 31, 2007, Representative Mike Honda (D-CA) introduced the Nanotechnology Advancement and New Opportunities (NANO) Act (HR 3235), which is intended to promote the development and responsible stewardship of nanotechnology in the U.S. Honda based the legislation on the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Nanotechnology, a panel of California nanotechnology experts with… Continue Reading