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News & Alerts

Detailed Expert Review recommends ‘Case-by-Case’ Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials
ENRHES, a project funded by the European Commission’s Framework 7 Programme (FP7), has published its final report. The report represents the project’s focus to conduct and deliver ‘a comprehensive and critical appraisal of the health and environmental safety of fullerenes, carbon nanotubes (CNTs), metal and metal oxide nanomaterials’
Nanotech 2010: Mandatory Reporting, Nano-Regulation & -Legislation, 'applied' Risk Assessment
A continuing focus on carbon nanotubes, nano-Silver, and TiO2
US NIOSH publishes new Results on potential occupational Exposure to Nanomaterials
The US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has published three new articles on the potential occupational exposure to engineered nanomaterials
‘Nanotechnology Safety Act of 2010’ introduced into US Senate
US Senators Mark Pryor and Benjamin Cardin have introduced the Nanotechnology Safety Act of 2010: ‘A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to establish a nanotechnology program’ into the US Senate
NIA to help develop Advice on the Assessment of Nanomaterials under REACH
Two contracts concerning the development of specific advice on the assessment of nanomaterials under REACH have been awarded by the EC's JRC-IHCP to a consortium led by SAFENANO (Institute of Occupational Medicine), and including the Nanotechnology Industries Association, Cefic, and Soluzioni Informatiche
(Not only) Nanomaterials pose a Challenge for alternative Safety Testing of Cosmetic Ingredients
The European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) has published a Memorandum on Alternative Test Methods in Human Health Safety Assessment of Cosmetic Ingredients in the European Union. The memorandum aims at summarising the actual status of officially validated 3R-alternatives for human health safety assessment
Supermarkets need to explain the Risks and Benefits of Nanotechnology
‘If you look at the nano debate, after three years of encouraging retail to be more upfront, the industry is still keeping their secrets,' Robert Madelin, director-general of the European Commission's DG SANCO, told a meeting of the European Retail Round Table in Brussels on Monday (18 January), according to a news article on Euractive
UK Industries call for Government Support of Responsible Nanotechnologies Development and Commercialisation
The UK nanotechnology industries have launched a report in response to the UK Government call for contributions to the development of a national Nanotechnology Strategy. Entitled Nanotechnology: a UK Industry View, the report represents the conclusion of a Mini-IGT comprised of 46 representatives from UK industry, academia, research and technology...
Comment Period for proposed Significant New Use Rule on Carbon Nanotubes extended
According to Bergeson & Campbell P.C. Nanotechnology Law Blog, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has extended the comment period for its Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) proposal for multi-walled and single-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs)
When ‘Information’ turns into ‘Warning’ - NIA cautions against Careless Labelling
In an interview with the German business magazine Wirtschaftswoche (WiWo) (14 January 2010) Dr Steffi Friedrichs, Director General of the NIA, warns of the potentially negative effects resulting from ill-designed product labels: ‘If the ‘nano’-label is placed on the front of a product pack, it would turn into a ‘warning-label’', she comments with...
Food Packaging Industry criticises House of Lords Report
According to an article on FoodProductionDaily, representatives of the food packaging industry have criticised the conclusion of the UK House of Lords' Report on Nanotechnologies and Food
Stanford University submits comprehensive Response to DTSC Data Call-in
The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC/Department) has received a comprehensive response to its mandatory data-call in on carbon nanotubes: on the 18 December 2009 Stanford University sent a letter to the DTSC disclosing its research activities with carbon nanotubes (CNTs)
Nanomaterials in the Food Sector may offer Benefits to both Consumers and Industry
The UK House or Lords has published the full report of its Science and Technology Select Committee’s inquiry into the use of nanotechnologies and nanomaterials in the food sector
Japanese Government publishes risk Assessment of manufactured Nanomaterials
The Japanese Government National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) has published the English translations of several interim reports on the Risk Assessment of Manufactured Nanomaterials, issued in the Japanese language in October 2009
European Scientific Committees to review Risk Assessment Approaches
The European Commission (EC) Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER) has received a ‘Request for an opinion on possible improvements in risk assessment approaches in view of risk management needs and effective risk communication’
UK Consumer Group Which? to lobby for Nanotech Regulation
On the 26 December 2009, the UK consumer group Which? announced that it would start a campaign to lobby for a regulation on nanotechnology. Which? policy adviser Sue Davies said: ‘We’re lobbying government to better regulate this market, remove potentially unsafe products from sale, and provide clear consumer information’
California EPA Legal and Regulatory Changes now in effect
According to a news release of the California EPA (Cal/EPA) Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), several legal and regulatory changes have gone into effect on the 1 January 2010; these include the requirement of 'DTSC to develop information on nanomaterials in collaboration with manufacturers and importers'
European Commission launches Public Consultation on new EU Nanotechnologies Action Plan
The EC has launched a public consultation on a new Nanotechnologies Action Plan. After publication of the 2nd Implementation Plan of the European Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies: An action plan for Europe 2005-2009, the Commission considers it especially important to address the technological and societal challenges for the next five years
Nanotechnologies — des avantages économiques autant qu’écologiques
Il y a un report spécial de ‘nanotechnologies’ dans ce numéro du Forward - le magazine d'opinion de la Fédération des Entreprises de Belgique (FEB) : avec un titre de L’avancée discrète des nanotechnologies – La nano devient macro en couverture, on trouve des articles (Forward, Décembre 2009)
European Union Council approves Cosmetics Regulation
The EU Council approved the updated European Cosmetics Regulation, agreeing with the text (on nanomaterials) adopted by the European Parliament in March 2009. The approved text requires the manufacturers of new cosmetic products containing nanomaterials to notify the EC and provide certain information six months before the product is placed on the...