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Tag Archives: Standards

BSI Announces Standards Intended to Support the Nanotechnologies Market

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The British Standards Institution (BSI) announced on July 9, 2012, the availability of three new standards and the development of a fourth standard intended to help mitigate the risks involved in manufacture and disposal of nanotechnology products. The three new Publicly Available Specifications (PAS) are: PAS 134:2012 — Terminology for carbon nanostructures, 2nd edition: Revised to help… Continue Reading

ISO Publishes Technical Report on Physical Characterization of Engineered Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published a Technical Report (TR) providing guidance on the physicochemical characterization of manufactured nano-objects prior to toxicological assessment.  ISO states that TR 13014:2012, Nanotechnologies — Guidance on physicochemical characterization of engineered nanoscale materials for toxicologic assessment, “is intended to assist health scientists and experts to understand, plan, identify,… Continue Reading

NIST Announces Release of First Certified Reference Material for Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes

Posted in Research
On December 20, 2011, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced it issued the world’s first reference material for single-wall carbon nanotube soot.  According to NIST, “nanotube-laden soot is the primary industrial source of single-wall carbon nanotubes, perhaps the archetype of all nanoscale materials.” NIST states that the new material “offers companies and researchers… Continue Reading

UK FSA Publishes Report of Consumers’ Views on Nano in Food and Food Packaging

Posted in EU Member State, International
On April 21, 2011, the United Kingdom’s (UK) Food Standards Agency (FSA) published a report of consumers’ views on the use of nanotechnology in food and food packaging. FSA convened a focus group in late 2010 and early 2011, and asked participants about their views on nanotechnology. According to FSA, the main findings are that: Participants’ reactions… Continue Reading

NOSB Recommends Prohibiting Engineered Nanomaterials from Certified Organic Products

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
At the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Organic Standards Board’s (NOSB) October 25-28, 2010, meeting, NOSB unanimously recommended that the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) prohibit engineered nanomaterials from certified organic products. NOSB considered a September 2, 2010, guidance document prepared by its Materials Committee concerning engineered nanomaterials in organic production, processing, and packaging. According to… Continue Reading

ANSI Webinar Will Discuss Draft Labeling Guidance

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On July 9, 2010, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) will host a webinar to discuss draft international guidance on the labeling of manufactured nano-objects and products containing manufactured nano-objects. The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) Technical Committee (TC) 352 Nanotechnologies and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) TC 229 Nanotechnologies are jointly developing a Technical… Continue Reading

House Bill Would Reauthorize NNI

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research, United States
On May 28, 2010, the House passed, by a vote of 262-150, the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (H.R. 5116), which would authorize funding for the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), as well as the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science activities. The… Continue Reading

EPA Extends Comment Period for Proposed CNT SNURs

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
On January 8, 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) extended until February 8, 2010, the comment period for its November 6, 2009, proposed significant new use rules (SNUR) for multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNT) and single-walled CNTs.  According to the January 8, 2010, notice, EPA received a request to extend the comment period.  On December… Continue Reading

IEHN Examines Regulatory Loopholes

Posted in Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
On June 16, 2009, the Investor Environmental Health Network (IEHN) released a report entitled Bridging the Credibility Gap:  Eight Corporate Liability Accounting Loopholes that Regulators Must Close, which discusses the effect of undisclosed potential and pending liabilities on investors. The report identifies eight regulatory loopholes that businesses could use to hide future liabilities from an investor’s… Continue Reading

Federal Agencies Will Hold Workshop on Enabling Standards for Nanomaterial Characterization

Posted in Federal, United States
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will hold an October 8-9, 2008, workshop regarding enabling standards for nanomaterial characterization.  According to the workshop overview, there is an “urgent need” to elevate new protocols and practices for characterizing the physicochemical properties of nanomaterials, and their in vitro and in vivo properties with respect to… Continue Reading

Researchers Examine Nanomaterials in Food Chain

Posted in Environmental Issues
  The August 2008 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives includes an article entitled “Nano-Food Chain Link Examined,” which reports on recent research by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) regarding whether nanomaterials biomagnify in the food chain. NIST reports that certain nanomaterials may not accumulate in the food chain, but notes that additional… Continue Reading

Danish Report Finds Nanotechnology Covered by Existing Legislation

Posted in EU Member State, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, OECD
According to a report recently released by the Danish Ministry of Health and Prevention, nanotechnology research, development, and applications are covered by existing legislation. The report, which includes an English summary, reviews existing national and international legislation in the areas of foods, medicines, the environment, chemicals, and the working environment in relation to current knowledge of… 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

Australia and New Zealand Food Standards Agency Begins Review of Nanotechnology

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
In a recent speech at the 9th Annual Food Regulation and Labeling Standards Conference, Steve McCutcheon, CEO of Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), said that FSANZ has begun analyzing the potential implications of nanotechnology on the food supply chain. FSANZ hopes that, by the time it receives its first application to approve the use of… Continue Reading