Swiss Federation issues Nanomaterials Safety Guide for Textiles
A guide on the use and safety of nanomaterials in textiles was issued jointly by Swiss TVS and EMPA. The guide, entitled Nano Textiles: Foundations and guiding principles for the efficient sustainable development nanotextiles (Nano Textiles: Grundlagen und Leitprinzipien zur effizienten Entwicklung nachhaltiger Nanotextilien), provides useful...
Co-operation Agreement between European Aerospace Defense Group EADS and Russia’s Nanotech Corporation RUSNANO
During the Rusnanotech Forum, held in October 2011 in Moscow, the European Aerospace and Defense Group (EADS) and the Russian Nanotechnology Corporation (RUSNANO) committed to cooperating in the research and development (R&D) of new technologies
US EPA requests Information from Manufacturers of Nanosilver
The US EPA released in the US Federal Register of 26 October 2011 the final 2010 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan as required by the US Clean Water Act. The effluent guidelines are regulations that improve water quality by controlling discharges from industrial sources. The plan includes a request for comment and information for its 2011 annual...
US Nanotechnology Caucus Briefing on Jobs and Nanotechnology
On 15 of November 2011 the Congressional Nanotechnology Caucus held a briefing on the topic 'jobs and technology'. The focus of the briefing was on exploring ways in which designated federal investments for nanotechnology could lead to job creation
Asia Nano Forum to pursue Iran’s proposal on Asian Nanoscale Certificate Award
The Asia Nano Forum (ANF) was held in Tehran, Iran, on the 9 October 2011. Representatives of 15 Asia-Pacific and 4 European countries attended the forum
France to publish a national Law on Nanomaterials by January 2012
France intends to publish a decree on nanomaterials by the end of 2011. The aim is to ensure better traceability of nanoparticles in products by setting out a mandatory reporting scheme for the manufacture, import and distribution of nanomaterials on the French market
Nanosilver: An Ancient Material Is Getting New Attention
Nanosilver has been the subject of much media attention in the recent past, and not all of it good. Nanotechnology detractors, and even some government agencies, have made nanosilver the bogey man for all that is scary and uncertain about nanomaterials
Belgian MP addresses Need for better Regulation of Nanomaterials
According to a news release by ChemicalWatch (30 September 2011), the Belgian politician Thérèse Snoy expressed the opinion that the EU legislation has not kept pace with the need to regulate nanomaterials and to do that, it would have to be adapted to cover the nanomaterials present in those products circulating on the market
New Plant for Innovnano
Innovnano - one of the key nanomaterials manufacturers in Portugal has announced an expansion of its facilities at Coimbra iParque (Portugal). The new plant and infrastructure will use some 3.3 hectares of land and would house a state of the art laboratory and manufacturing plant
Recommended Exposure Limit for Titanium Dioxide
In April 2011 the US NIOSH, an arm of the CDC, published Current Intelligence Bulletin (CIB) 63, Occupational Exposure to Titanium Dioxide. NIOSH issued a recommended exposure limit (REL) of 2.4 mg/m3 for pigmentary titanium dioxide (TiO2) and 0.3 mg/m3 for ultrafine TiO2. NIOSH also concluded that ultrafine TiO2 is a potential occupational...
Comparative Advertising and “non-nano”-Claims Ban for a Sunscreen Manufacturer
In a rare dispute with regulators, an Australian sunscreen manufacturer Valeant Pharmaceuticals Australasia was ordered to remove all advertising promoting their branded product, Invisible Zinc. The Australian regulator (TPA-CRP) found that the advertising made a number of claims in breach of the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code
Nanotechnology in Crop Protection - Food Industry Applications
This article addresses applications of nanotechnology that benefit agriculture and the food packaging industry, and focuses on recent US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) nanotechnology governance initiatives
French mandatory Reporting of Nanomaterials notified to the European Commission
The French Government submitted its final version of a Decree on the annual declaration of nanoparticle substances to the European Commission
US PTO files more Nano-Patents
In the first week of June 2011 the US PTO filed a staggering 78 class 977 patents in nanotechnology applications area. This trend is showing an increase in nanotechnology innovation with 5 of these patents being filed with US government clauses
Sunscreen Ruling by US FDA - nanoscale Ingredients are not absorbed
On 14 June 2011 US FDA released a new statement about the labelling of the sunscreen products, entitled FDA Announces Changes to Better Inform Consumers About Sunscreen. In order to provide a better consumer awareness of the over the counter sunscreen products FDA also established a consumer website to explain the changes in labelling and...
Nanotechnology Patents keep Policymakers awake at Night
"What is keeping nanotech innovation policymakers awake at night?" is the question discussed at a ObservatoryNANO workshop on 1 June 2011. The discussion themes include 'measurable indicators', of which patents are one critical element
Swedish Chemicals Agency to ban ZnO-based anti-fouling Paints
The Swedish Chemicals Agency (Kemi) is planning to ban ZnO-based antifouling paints from September 2011. While this has nothing to do with the debate on 'macro versus nano', since Kemi considers ZnO in any form in high concentration in marine paints toxic to marine life
OECD Review of Current Developments on Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials
At a meeting in Paris on the 16 March 2011 the OECD produced a document entitled Current Developments/Activities on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials as a result of a two-day Tour de Table at the 8th Meeting of the Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials
NIA EXCLUSIVE - UPDATE: Advances towards a European Database on nanomaterials: Towards harmonization of national databases for nanomaterials on the market
Since the start of the establishment of a European Database on Nanomaterials (i.e. kicked off in September 2010 by the Belgian Presidency to the European Council), the initiative has gained significant traction
Is your nanosilver T-shirt bad for the environment?
Nano-silver applications in antimicrobial or 'non-smelly' fabric applications focused most of the attention of the media and bloggers for years. It comes as no surprise that a detailed evaluation of the environmental impact has finally been reported on a particular case of T-shirt enhanced with nano-silver