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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

JRC-IHCP Argues for Definition of Engineered Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research, United States
The August 25, 2011, issue of Nature includes a letter from Hermann Stamm, European Commission (EC) Joint Research Centre (JRC), Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP). In response to Andrew Maynard’s article entitled “Don’t define nanomaterials,” in the July 7, 2011, issue of Nature, Stamm argues that a definition of engineered nanomaterials for regulatory purposes… Continue Reading

Presentations Available from US-EU Workshop: Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research, United States
The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) has posted the presentations from the March 10-11, 2011, workshop entitled “US-EU: Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts,” which was intended to continue the robust dialogue between the U.S. and European Union (EU) on issues of shared concern pertinent to nanotechnology research initiatives. The workshop covered the following areas: Significant discussion about environmental, health,… Continue Reading

NANO Act Promotes Development and Responsible Stewardship of Nanotechnology

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
Representative Mike Honda (D-CA) re-introduced on August 1, 2011, the Nanotechnology Advancement and New Opportunities Act (NANO Act), which seeks to promote the development and responsible stewardship of nanotechnology in the U.S. According to Rep. Honda, the legislation is designed to maintain the U.S.’s leadership role in nanotechnology research by promoting the development and commercialization of… 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

NNI Releases Reports from EHS Workshops

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research, United States
On July 19, 2011, the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) announced the release of four reports from a series of workshops focusing on issues in the nanotechnology environmental, health, and safety (EHS) arena. According to NNI, the workshops were a part of an ongoing strategy to coordinate nanotechnology-related EHS research by convening experts from industry, academia, and… Continue Reading

OECD Provides Snapshot on Current and Planned Activities on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, OECD
On May 26, 2011, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) posted a document entitled “Current Developments/Activities on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials,” which provides information on the outcomes and developments of the OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN) related to the safety of manufactured nanomaterials. OECD states that the document “provides a snapshot… 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

University of Cincinnati NIOSH ERC Will Hold Nanotechnology Conference

Posted in Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research, United States
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced that the University of Cincinnati NIOSH Education and Research Center (ERC) will sponsor a May 10, 2011, conference at the Department of Environmental Health, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, on “Nanotechnology — Health and Safety Considerations.” Registration is free. Speakers include: Dr. Andrew D. Maynard, Director,… Continue Reading

NIOSH Requests Information to Update Its Nanotechnology Strategic Plan

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research, United States
On March 7, 2011, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced that it seeks comment on the types of hazard identification and risk management research that it should consider in updating the NIOSH 2009 nanotechnology strategic plan. According to the Federal Register notice, NIOSH would like to build on the accomplishments of ongoing… Continue Reading

EU-OSHA Announces Control Banding Tool for Nanomaterials

Posted in EU Member State, International, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
On January 25, 2011, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) announced that French Agency for Environmental and Occupational Health Safety (ANSES) experts have developed a control banding tool specific to nanomaterials that can potentially be used in any work environment in which nanomaterials are manufactured or used. With control banding, new products… 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

EC Committee Approves Opinion on Scientific Basis for the Definition of Nanomaterial

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On December 8, 2010, the European Commission (EC) Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) approved its opinion on the scientific basis for the definition of the term “nanomaterial.” The opinion concludes that: Whereas physical and chemical properties of materials may change with size, there is no scientific justification for a single upper… Continue Reading

Draft NNI EHS Research Strategy Available for Comment

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research, United States
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council request comments regarding the draft National Nanotechnology Initiative 2011 Environmental, Health, and Safety Research Strategy (Strategy). The draft Strategy describes the National Nanotechnology Initiative’s (NNI) environmental, health, and safety (EHS) vision… Continue Reading

NIOSH Seeks Comment on Draft CIB Concerning Occupational Exposure to Carbon Nanotubes and Nanofibers

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research, United States
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) released a draft Current Intelligence Bulletin (CIB) entitled Occupational Exposure to Carbon Nanotubes and Nanofibers, which recommends that, until results from research studies can fully elucidate the physicochemical properties of carbon nanotubes (CNT) and carbon nanofibers (CNF) that define their inhalation toxicity, employers should take steps… 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

NIOSH Posts Impact Sheet Stating that Breathing Nanoparticles May Result in Damaging Health Effects

Posted in Federal, Research, United States
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has posted an October 2010 Impact Sheet entitled “NIOSH Research Methods Demonstrate that Breathing Nanoparticles May Result in Damaging Health Effects,” which reports the results of recently published research concerning the health effects of inhaling single-walled carbon nanotubes. According to the Impact Sheet, NIOSH scientists invented a… Continue Reading

IJOEH Publishes Special Issue on Human and Environmental Exposure Assessment for Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
The International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health (IJOEH) has posted a special issue concerning human and environmental exposure assessment for nanomaterials. The issue includes articles such as “Understanding Workplace Processes and Factors that Determine Exposures to Engineered Nanomaterials,” “Nanotechnology and Exposure Science: What Is Needed to Fill the Research and Data Gaps for Consumer Products,” “Imaging… Continue Reading

NIH and FDA Will Fund Research on Nanoparticles

Posted in Federal, Research, United States
In a September 27, 2010, press release, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that it will award $9.4 million over three years to support four research projects in regulatory science.  NIH will make the awards in partnership with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which will contribute approximately $950,000.  According to the press… Continue Reading

NIOSH Announces Formal Partnership on Nanotechnology Research and Guidance

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research, United States
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced on September 22, 2010, that it entered into a formal partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for High-Rate Nanomanufacturing (CHN) that is intended to provide companies with practical research and guidance to promote occupational health and safety in nanotechnology. Through the new partnership, University… Continue Reading

OECD Releases Report on Current Developments and Activities on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, OECD
In a September 22, 2010, report entitled Current Developments/Activities on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) provides information on current and planned activities related to the safety of manufactured nanomaterials in OECD member and non-member countries that attended the seventh meeting of OECD’s Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials… Continue Reading

NIEHS Begins Intramural NanoHealth Signature Program

Posted in Federal, Research, United States
  The August 2010 issue of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Environmental Factor includes an article regarding the Intramural NanoHealth Signature Program, which is intended to investigate the health effects of engineered nanomaterials (ENM) in susceptible populations. According to the article, ENMs are increasingly found in medications, cosmetics, electronics, and other consumer products,… Continue Reading

EC Opens Public Consultation on Scientific Basis for a Definition of Nanomaterial

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On July 12, 2010, the European Commission (EC) opened a public consultation on the pre-consultation opinion of the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) entitled “Scientific Basis for the Definition of the Term ‘Nanomaterial.’” The EC states that its services need a working definition for the term “nanomaterial” to ensure the consistency… Continue Reading

NanoBusiness Alliance Issues Position Statement on Sustainable Development of Nanotechnology

Posted in Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On July 1, 2010, the NanoBusiness Alliance issued a Position Statement on Nanomaterials Product Sustainability, which reflects its members’ “enduring commitment to managing effectively the environmental, health, and safety (EHS) implications of nanotechnology.” The NanoBusiness Alliance is committed to working with governments and nanomaterials stakeholders to manage the sustainable development and use of nanomaterials in a… Continue Reading