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IZA Responds to PNAS Study on Effects of Nanoparticles on Soybean Plants

Posted in International, Research
The International Zinc Association (IZA) prepared a response to a recent article entitled “Soybean susceptibility to manufactured nanomaterials with evidence for food quality and soil fertility interruption” and posted on the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) website. IZA states that while the article and related reports highlight that nano-zinc oxide improves crop productivity… Continue Reading

The Netherlands Publishes Report Examining the EC’s Recommended Definition of Nanomaterial

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) published on June 29, 2012, a report entitled Interpretation and implications of the European Commission Recommendation on the definition of nanomaterial. The Dutch ministries requested RIVM to interpret the meaning and implications of the European Commission’s (EC) recommendation from a scientific perspective and to consider… Continue Reading

International Symposium Slides and Videos of the Plenary Presentations Are Now Available

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, OECD, United States
On March 27-28, 2012, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), in collaboration with the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), and hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) held an International Symposium on Assessing the Economic Impact of Nanotechnology. The objective of the symposium was to explore systematically the need for and… Continue Reading

Background Papers Available from the International Symposium on Assessing the Economic Impact of Nanotechnology

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, OECD, United States
On March 27-28, 2012, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), in collaboration with the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), and hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) held an International Symposium on Assessing the Economic Impact of Nanotechnology. The objective of the symposium was to explore systematically the need for and… Continue Reading

German Advisory Council Releases Report Concerning Precautionary Strategies for Managing Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues
The German Advisory Council on the Environment (SRU) released on September 1, 2011, a report entitled Precautionary Strategies for Managing Nanomaterials, which makes recommendations for a “responsible and precautionary development” of nanotechnology. According to SRU, its objective is to allow for innovation while also identifying and reducing risks at an early stage. SRU concludes that while chemical,… Continue Reading

White House ETIPC Releases Policy Principles Concerning Regulation and Oversight of Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
On June 9, 2011, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) announced that the White House Emerging Technologies Interagency Policy Coordination Committee (ETIPC) has developed a set of principles specific to the regulation and oversight of applications of nanotechnology. The principles are intended to guide the development and implementation of policies, as described in the… Continue Reading

TAPPI International Conference Will Include “Lunch-n-Learn” Session

Posted in Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
The June 6-8, 2011, Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI) International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Materials will include a “Lunch-n-Learn” session on June 6, 2011, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. (EDT). During the luncheon, which will be held in Washington, D.C., in Senate Visitors Center Room 201, TAPPI will introduce a Public-Private-Partnership model and… Continue Reading

New OSTP Group Will Address Nanotechnology Issues

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
During the National Nanotechnology Initiative’s (NNI) March 30-31, 2010, conference regarding “Risk Management Methods & Ethical, Legal, and Societal Implications of Nanotechnology,” Tom Kalil, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), announced that the OSTP would create a new interagency group on emerging technologies, including nanotechnology. Kalil’s announcement is reported in an American Association… Continue Reading

EPA DfE Program Announces Lithium-ion Batteries and Nanotechnology Partnership

Posted in Federal, Research, United States
On March 4, 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Design for the Environment (DfE) Program announced a partnership led by the DfE Program and Office of Research and Development (ORD). The partnership is conducting a screening-level life-cycle assessment of currently manufactured lithium-ion battery technologies and a next generation battery component that uses single-wall carbon nanotube… Continue Reading

ECOS Wants to Participate in NSET Subcommittee Working Groups

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, State, United States
In an August 7, 2009, letter to the White House Office of Science Technology and Policy (OSTP), the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) expressed its interest in working with OSTP and other federal agencies regarding the “human health and ecological impacts and lifecycle consequences of intentional and unintentional releases of engineered nanoparticles into the… Continue Reading

EPA Announces Centers for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology

Posted in Environmental Issues, Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On September 18, 2008, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that, to ensure nanotechnology is developed in a responsible manner, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and EPA awarded $38 million to establish two Centers for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEIN).  EPA contributed $5 million to the overall award, which is the largest award… Continue Reading

Friends of the Earth Australia Calls for an Immediate Moratorium on the Use of Carbon Nanotubes

Posted in Environmental Issues, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
In its latest Background Paper, entitled Mounting Evidence That Carbon Nanotubes May Be the New Asbestos, Friends of the Earth Australia (FOEA) is calling “for an immediate moratorium on the commercial use of carbon nanotubes and the sale of products that incorporate nanotubes until research can demonstrate whether or not there is any safe level… Continue Reading

CNSI Will Hold Legislative Summit on Nanotechnology

Posted in Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research, State, United States
On April 25, 2008, the California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI) will hold a conference entitled “The Future of Nanotechnology: A Legislative Summit.” The conference sponsors include California Assembly Member Mike Feuer (AD 42-D), Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR), State Government Relations (SGR), and CNSI. Panelists include Lenny Rome, Ph.D.; Andre Nel, Ph.D., MD; John Froines, Ph.D.;… Continue Reading

FOE Releases Report on Nanotechnology in Food and Agriculture

Posted in Environmental Issues, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
A recent report released by Friends of the Earth (FOE) calls for a moratorium “on the further commercial release of food products, food packaging, food contact materials and agrochemicals that contain manufactured nanomaterials until nanotechnology-specific safety laws are established and the public is involved in decision making.” The report, entitled Out of the Laboratory and on… 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

PEN Hosts a Seminar on Nanotechnology and the Media

Posted in United States
On December 18, 2007, the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars hosted a seminar, Nanotechnology & the Media: The Inside Story, to mark the release of a new PEN study on mass media coverage of nanotechnology risks. Conducted by Professor Sharon M. Friedman and Brenda P. Egolf of Lehigh… Continue Reading

First Annual Nanotechnology Safety for Success Dialogue Held in October

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
On October 25-26, 2007, the European Commission (EC) held the First Annual Nanotechnology Safety for Success Dialogue. Presentations included: Food applications of nanoscience and nanotechnologies — Ms. Sue O’Hagan, Confederation of the Food and Drink Industries of the European Union (CIAA); Consumer products applications of nanoscience and nanotechnologies — Dr. Michael Holman, Lux Research; Health applications… Continue Reading

Draft Guidance Addresses Nanomaterials in the Workplace

Posted in EU Member State, Federal, International, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
The Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin/BAuA) (FIOSH) and the German Chemical Industry Association (Verband der Chemischen Industrie/VCI) (GCIA) have issued draft document entitled Guidance for Handling and Use of Nanomaterials at the Workplace. The Guidance is intended to provide an overview of occupational health and safety measures in the… Continue Reading

PEN Hosts a Seminar on Responsible NanoCode

Posted in Environmental Issues, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars hosted on October 9, 2007, a seminar on the Responsible NanoCode, a voluntary, principles-based Code of Conduct for entities involved in the research, development, manufacture, and retail sale of products using nanotechnologies. The draft Code was developed by a working group organized… Continue Reading