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News & Alerts

SNURs for all! US EPA considers introducing Rules on all Nanomaterials
The US Environment Protection Agency (EPA) is working on a new set of rules that are planned to be introduced in January 2011. This is the continuation of the work that the EPA was doing in an attempt to regulate the use and distribution of nanomaterials
US Massachusetts Guidance on Nanomaterials Workplace Safety
The Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance (MOTA) has published a Technology Guidance document, entitled Nanotechnology -Considerations for Safe Development, which – according to the introduction of the guidance document - is aimed at assisting the development of nanotechnologies
Safe Work Australia publishes Reports and Safety Assessment Tool for Nanomaterials
Safe Work Australia, an independent statutory agency with primary responsibility to improve occupational health and safety and workers’ compensation arrangements across Australia, has published two research reports on engineered nanomaterials and a nanotechnology risk assessment tool
US Nanotechnology Regulation - an Interview with Authorities and Industries
In an interview with Skip Lockard, co-chair of Alston & Bird’s Nanotechnology practice, representatives of the US regulatory authorities and the chemical industries discuss current and future US regulation of nanotechnology
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’
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
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
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)
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’
Review of ‘Regulatory Aspects of Nanomaterials’ released by European Commission
The EC has published its long-awaited Communication on Regulatory Aspects of Nanomaterials. The review covers nanomaterials currently in production and/or placed on the market and was conducted in order to support a claim in the previous EC Communication Nanosciences and nanotechnologies: an Action Plan for Europe 2005 – 2009
NIA clarifies: Study on Carbon Nanotubes doesn’t mean that Workers or Consumers are at Risk
Following the publication of a study suggesting that multi-walled carbon nanotubes follow a ‘fibre paradigm’, Matthew Dalton investigates for The Wall Street Journal how nanotechnology will be regulated under REACH, the new European chemical legislation that comes into force on 1 June 2008
Scientists support Industries' Safety Claims
The nanotechnology industries remain assured by their occupational and product safety measures throughout the heated debate surrounding the publication of a toxicology study suggesting that multi-walled carbon nanotubes follow a ‘fibre paradigm’ observed - amongst in other fibres - in asbestos
NIA supports UK CST Nanotechnology Review
The NIA has issued a public response to the UK CST Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies Review. In its comment the NIA agrees that more needs to be done to support the responsible advancement of nanotechnology innovation in the UK and suggests possible strategies to achieve this
Ethical issues at the Nanotechnology Workplace
In a joint paper, entitled Ethical and Scientific Issues of Nanotechnology in the Workplace, the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics have identified the ethical issues involved in the question of potential health effects of occupational exposure to nanoparticles