News & Alerts
Posted on 6 Jul 2012
The US EPA has today announced the creation of a 'registration review docket for nanosilver', as the authority believes 'that additional data are needed to determine whether the FIFRA standard for maintaining these registrations is met', due to the 'unique' properties of nano-form silver. Documentation also revealed that several silver-based...
Posted on 5 Jul 2012
The Dutch RIVM recently released a report in which it stated that, whilst the European Commission's recent recommended definition of nanomaterial 'contains the relevant aspects...further guidance is needed to ensure the definition is interpreted consistently'. The review looks at both the scientific and the legislative implications of the EC's...
Posted on 26 Jun 2012
A report recently published by both ANEC and BEUC has said that 117 products containing nano-scale silver were found by them in Europe between 2011 and 2012. The review, Nano: Very small and Everywhere, states that 'this is a tremendous growth of claims', as in 2009 only 151 products were found to claim to have any nanomaterials in them
Posted on 25 Jun 2012
A report recently published by both the UN's FAO and the WHO documents the meeting they held earlier this year on 'Nanotechnologies in Food and Agriculture'. It shows that the co-ordinators aimed to discuss the ongoing development of nano activities relevant to the food and feed sectors, so that both the FAO and the WHO could understand 'the...
Posted on 13 Jun 2012
The UN's FAO and WHO have today announced the publication of a jointly-prepared draft document. The draft has been released for public consultation
NIA asks the European Commission for Clarifications on Nanomaterials and the EU Biocides Legislation
Posted on 17 May 2012
NIA has recently sent a letter to the European Commission with a number of questions related to the status of existing active biocidal substances in nanoform. The questions raised will be discussed in an upcoming meeting with the Member States Competent Authorities (MSCA)
Posted on 17 Apr 2012
A recent discussion between nanotechnology stakeholders in Bangladesh has concluded that 'application of nanotechnology would enhance industrial and agricultural production at low-cost' for the future development of the country. It was also noted that it can also help bring about many other benefits
Posted on 16 Apr 2012
The EC's JRC recently released the minutes of a roundtable discussion where 'participants discussed the transversal priorities of key sectors of economic growth'; one of these sectors was identified as nanotechnology. The event looked primarily at sectors concerned with energy, transport and ICT, and areas related to health, food and nutrition
Posted on 22 Feb 2012
An antimicrobial nanosilver pesticide has become the first nanosilver product to be officially registered for use under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, after its conditional registration was approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The product, AGS-20, had been registered for approval in 2008 by its...
NIA EXCLUSIVE Document: Analysis of US EPA Conditional Registration of HeiQ AGS-20 as a Materials Preservative in Textiles
Posted on 13 Jan 2012
On 1 December 2011 the US EPA granted a conditional registration under section 3(c)(7)(C) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) for HeiQ-AGS-20 which is to be incorporated into textiles to suppress growth of bacteria. NIA has published an analysis of this registration
NIA EXCLUSIVE Document: Analysis of US EPA conditional Registration of HeiQ AGS-20 as a Materials Preservative in Textiles
Posted on 12 Jan 2012
On 1 December 2011, the US EPA granted a conditional registration under section 3(c)(7)(C) of the FIFRA Act for HeiQ-AGS-20, which is to be incorporated into textiles to suppress growth of bacteria. NIA has published an analysis of the ruling exclusively for its Members
Posted on 8 Oct 2011
Nanosilver has been the subject of much media attention in the recent past, and not all of it good. Nanotechnology detractors, and even some government agencies, have made nanosilver the bogey man for all that is scary and uncertain about nanomaterials
Posted on 15 Jul 2011
This article addresses applications of nanotechnology that benefit agriculture and the food packaging industry, and focuses on recent US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) nanotechnology governance initiatives
Posted on 18 May 2011
The use of nanosilver in consumer products or industrial applications has sparked a vivid discussion about its toxicity and eventual effect on the environment as a potent biocide. A team of researchers, including those from US NIST have published a paper entitled Humic Acid-Induced Silver Nanoparticle Formation Under Environmentally Relevant...
Posted on 5 Mar 2011
On December 17, 2010, the US National Organic Program (NOP) voted to accept the recommendation of the US National Organic Standards Board(NOSB) to prohibit engineered nanomaterials from the production, processing, and packaging of certified organic products. The decision was made with little fanfare, but has big implications.
Posted on 10 Jan 2011
On 10 January 2011 The Hohenstein Institute (Germany) reported on a practical trial of antibacterial clothing that contains nanosilver. The effects of nanosilver on the skin flora and microclimate were investigated
Posted on 7 Dec 2010
US officials have warned that European agriculture is being left behind because of its opposition to genetically modified (GM) crop and nanotechnology
Posted on 18 Nov 2010
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
Posted on 17 Nov 2010
For many years the US has led the way in developing nanotechnology sector. Back in 1999 the 'Nano1' report entitled Nanotechnology Research Directions: Vision for nanotechnology in the next Decade outlined the direction of North American development of nanotechnology
Posted on 25 Jun 2010
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