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News & Alerts

Canadian Workers Union publishes Opinion on Nanotechnology
In December 2010 Canadian Union of Public Workers (CUPE) suddenly published an article about the health and safety of nanotechnology: the article, entitled Health and safety issues with nanotechnology, focused on reiterating the use of nanotechnology in sunscreens and various types of socks
Who knows what Nano is?
In a 176 page report to European Commission’s Research Directorate-General, entitled Europeans and biotechnology in 2010 – Wind of change? the Eurobarometer investigates the perception of the public on a variety of technological developments including nanotechnology
A Nano-Challenge for FDA
Under the title Regulating Nanomedicine – Can FDA handle it?, a recent review article in WeSRCH (MedTech) online investigates the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) ability to fulfil its duty in providing 'clarity and legal certainty to manufacturer, policymakers, healthcare providers and the public' on the topic of nanomedicine
‘Stop Bitching and start Pitching’ – Environmental NGO criticised for unhelpful Reporting
The latest Nanowerk Spotlight article takes issue with a recent report by Friends of the Earth (FoE), in which the NGO aims to analyse the level of implementation of environmentally beneficial nanotechnologies
New Appetite for Nanotech Investment
Nanotechnology has been heralded as the new industrial and innovation paradigm by manufacturers and investors alike. Within the US companies are investing USD 2.75 billion. The investment is said to be split between electronics information technology (50%), materials and manufacturing (37%), health care (8%) and energy/environment
Green shoots of Nanotechnology in red?
In the midst of discussions on nanotechnology innovation and novel applications across the whole spectrum of products and services, a report came out from The Friends of the Earth (FoE) accusing the nanotechnology community and innovations of not doing enough to reduce our impact on the environment
PEN Consumer Products Inventory has substantive Deficiencies
The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN) Consumer Products Inventory (CPI) received heavy criticism by a team of researchers, who aimed to examine and validate the inventory by investigating four prominent categories of nanoparticles (carbon, gold, silver, and iron)
Nanotechnology Company Directory lists over 2000 Companies Worldwide
‘Well over 2000 companies worldwide [are] already involved in nanotechnology’ reads the headline of a NanoWerk News article; it continues to explain that, '[a]t the latest count, over 2100 companies from 48 countries are involved in nanotechnology research, manufacturing or applications - a number that keeps growing at a considerable pace'
US GAO urges EPA to take regulatory Action on Nanomaterials
The US GAO (Government Accountability Office) has published a report, in which it identifies severe challenges to the EPA regarding the regulation of potential risks associated with nanotechnology
Uncertainty? - Yesterday's News makes Headlines
For as yet unexplained reasons, the German Government’s Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung (BfR) (Federal Institute for Risk Assessment) has published a press release on a six months old position paper
European Nanotechnology receives a public 'Thumbs-Up'
The European Commission has published the result of its Public Online Consultation Towards a Strategic Nanotechnology Action Plan (SNAP 2010-2015). The report summarises the detailed contributions given by 716 respondents of various backgrounds to the online questionnaire that was largely limited to multiple-choice answers
Public prepared to support therapeutic Nanotechnologies
A survey, conducted by North Carolina State University and Arizona State University (ASU) found the public support for medical applications and physical enhancements that rely on nanotechnology increases when the public is informed of the technology’s risks as well as its benefits
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 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’
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
(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
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...
European Parliament approves labelling and Notification of Nanomaterials in Cosmetics
The European Parliament approved the amended recast of the EU Cosmetics Directive, introducing the mention of ‘nanomaterials’ into an EU legislation. The text adopted during the first reading (24 March 2009) contains a number of references to nanomaterials
NIA speaks up for Nanomaterials in Cosmetics
In preparation for the upcoming European Parliament debate on the recast of the European Cosmetics Directive, German Tagesschau (News) published the reprint of a radio interview (HR) with the responsible European Parliament rapporteur Dagmar Roth-Behrens (German Social Democrats (SPD)) and Steffi Friedrichs, Director of the NIA
European Parliament to vote on a Definition, Notification and labelling of Nanomaterials in Cosmetics
The European Parliament is scheduled to decide about the regulation of nanomaterials in cosmetics on 24 and 25 March 2009. In the course of the European Cosmetics Directive (Cosmetics Directive 76/768/EEC) recast, an increasing number of references to ‘nanomaterials’ have been drafted into the ongoing amendments