News & Alerts

News & Alerts

US EPA plans interim Evaluation of its Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program
The US Environment Protection Agency (EPA) published in its Fall 2008 Regulatory Agenda (released on the 24 November 2008) an announcement about the next steps in its Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program (NMSP)
"Nanomaterials’ use is only going to keep growing’
A new report from Lux Research revealed that $147 billion worth of nano-enabled products were produced in 2007; this figure is expected to grow to $3.1 trillion in 2015
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
EC proposes new Cosmetics Regulation
The European Commission has published a proposal which aims to simplify the European law on cosmetics by strengthening product safety while reducing costs for businesses. According to the press release,‘requirements for product safety assessments are clarified and simplified notification rules for new cosmetics cut administrative costs for...
Controversies surround Ban of Nanoparticles
As of January 2008 the UK-based Soil Association has banned the use of man-made nanomaterials from all Soil Association certified organic products. According to a press release by the Soil Association, ‘this [ban] applies particularly to health and beauty products, but also to food and textiles
NIA warns: Consumers will be confused by Nanoparticle Ban
The NIA criticised the Soil Association’s decision to ban nanoparticles from products that are to be certified with the Soil Association’s ‘organic’ label. In its press release, the Soil Association quotes old and unreliable sources, and quotes other sources out of context
NIA comments on SCCP Preliminary Report
The Nanotechnology Industries Association contributed to a public consultation on the Preliminary Opinion on the Safety of Nanomaterials in Cosmetic Products, released by the EC’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Products (SCCP) on the 19 June 2007
Nanomedicine — lost in a chaotic, entangled Patent Landscape
This month’s issue of Nanomedicine contains an special report entitled, Patents and nanomedicine. The author of the report urges the US PTO ‘to address problems ranging from poor patent quality and questionable examination practices to inadequate search capabilities, rising attrition, poor employee morale and a skyrocketing patent application...