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News & Alerts

Age and Gender influence public Attitude towards Nanotechnologies
A study commissioned by the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) as part of the 2008 British Social Attitudes survey found that ‘a range of factors...shape public opinion on nanotechnologies, including trust, experience of previous technological innovations, a sense of control, cultural outlook/worldview and the source from which they receive...
RUSNANO and EDB announce Plans for joint financing of Nanotech Projects
The Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) and state corporation Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies, RUSNANO, announced plans to offer joint financing of nanotechnology projects
European Commission urgently demands science-based Definition of Nanomaterials
The European Commission’s (EC) Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) has receivedan urgent request for a Scientific Opinion via Accelerated Procedure: Scientific basis for the definition of the term “nanomaterial”
Health Canada launches Definition of Nanomaterials
Health Canada has announced the adoption of an Interim Policy Statement on Health Canada's Working Definition for Nanomaterials. According to the statement on the Heath Canada website, ‘the Acts and Regulations [currently] administered by Health Canada have no explicit reference to nanomaterial'
Australian Government commits Funding to Nanotechnologies’ Growth
The Australian Government (Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research) has published a new National Enabling Nanotechnologies Strategy, according to which, ‘[t]he Government is committing $38.2 million over four years from 2009-10 to the National Enabling Technologies Strategy as part of ‘Powering Ideas - An Innovation Agenda for the...
Small regional Clusters key for European Nanobiotechnology Infrastructure
‘Nanobiotechnology is essentially different in many aspects from other areas of nanotechnology such as nano-electronics or nano-materials. It is certainly the most complex sub-area of nanotechnology,’ commences the final report of the FP7 Support Action EuroNanoBio
NIA calls for strategic Research Planning in Collaboration with Industries
The Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) has submitted consolidate comments to the European Commission Consultation, Towards a Strategic Nanotechnology Action Plan (SNAP) 2010-2015. The electronic submission tool was somewhat restrictive, and many answers needed to be given in a multiple-choice format
NIA commences new Project to inform the European REACH Regulation on Nanomaterials’ Requirements
In the latest Issues of Nanomaterials World (Volume 6, Issues 7, 17 February 2010), Dr Steffi Friedrichs, Director General of the NIA, describes the aim and potential outcome of the NIA’s two new project concerned with REACH Implementation Plans on Nanomaterials (RIP-oNs): Scientific and technical Support on Nanomaterials’
European Parliament drafts ‘Nanomaterials’ into Biocide Recast
The Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) of the European Parliament has written its Draft Report on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the placing on the market and use of biocidal products, suggesting several amendments that specifcally mention ‘nanomaterials’
NIA warns Australian Authorities of burdensome Notification
The NIA has provided comments to Proposal for Regulatory Reform of Industrial Nanomaterials, published as part of a public consultation by the Australian NICNAS in November 2009
Nanotechnology’s Heart of Gold —The Core of Scientific and Commercial Breakthroughs
The World Gold Council (WGC) has released a report, entitled Gold for good – gold and nanotechnology in the age of innovation, aiming to demonstrate how gold nanoparticles offer the potential to overcome many of the serious issues facing mankind over the coming decades
US to invest more into Energy and Safety
According to the ScienceInsider Blog, the US budget plan for 2011, announced by President Obama on the 1 February 2010, provides an increase to the Department of Energy’s nanotechnology budget (i.e. an ‘increase 17% to $438 million’), while ‘the Department of Defense saw its nano research budget slashed by 20%, to $349 million'
More Significant New Use Rules on Carbon Nanotubes proposed by US EPA (and a Clarification for those who lost track)
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a Proposed Significant New Use Rule for Multi-walled Carbon Nanotubes
Matchmaking during public Debates: ‘Nanotechnology’ meets ‘Synthetic Biology’
The European Commission's Directorate General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO) is organising a Workshop on Synthetic Biology: From Science to Governance (to be held on the 18 and 19 March 2010 in Brussels)
France: ‘Débat Public Nanotechnologies’ sans Public
According to a SAFENano news item, the touring French Nano Debate (‘Débat Public Nanotechnologies’), which was planned to take place in Marseilles on the 19 January 2010, had to be shut down due to the disturbing interference of protestors, who had already caused the shut-down of the previous debates in Grenoble, Rennes and Lyon
US EPA Scientific Advisory Panel has mixed Opinions on Nanosilver
The US Environmental Protection Agency has released the minutes of its recent Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) Meeting on the topic, 'Evaluation of Hazard and Exposure Associated with Nanosilver and Other Nanometal Oxide Pesticide Products’ (held in Arlington VA, on the 3 to the 5 November 2009)
Meta-Roadmap of Nanomaterials: Strategic Support of Innovation Processes
The German VDI Technologie Zentrum (German Association of Engineers) has published a ‘Meta-Roadmap Nanomaterials‘, which aims to describe future developments and applications of nanomaterials, based on a meta-analysis of selected international roadmaps, followed by an expert validation- and feedback-process
European Commission picks up on new Titanium Dioxide Research Result
On the 21 January 2010 the European Commission’s DG Environment News Alert Service Science for Environment Policy published an article, entitled ‘Safety of sunscreen pigments comes under scrutiny’
Beyond NanoFood — Industries are asked to act to the UK House of Lords Report
This month’s Editorial in the journal Nature Nanotechnology alerts food manufacturers, governments and regulators to pay special attention to the report on Nanotechnologies and Food (Volume I: Report; Volume II: Evidences), published by the UK House of Lords last month
Nanomaterials under the new European Cosmetics Regulation — NIA helps clarifying the Requirements and Consequences
In a joint Correspondence to the Editor in the journal Nature Nanotechnology (February 2010, Volume 5, No. 2), Diana M Bowman, Geert van Calster, and the NIA's Steffi Friedrichs summarise last year’s passing of the first nano-specific legislation: the European Union’s new regulation on cosmetic products