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US EPA to review Nanosilver Pesticide Registrations
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...
Dutch RIVM calls for further Guidance on EC Nanomaterial Definition
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...
NGOs highlight their Concerns over growing number of Nanosilver Products
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
FAO/WHO publish Report on 'Nanotech in Food and Agriculture' Meeting
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...
FAO/WHO release draft Nanotech Food Document for public Review
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
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)
Roundtable Discussion on Nanotech espouses Benefits to Industry and Agriculture
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
EC JRC Roundtable Discussion looks at Nano Issues
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
US Environmental Protection Agency officially approves Nanopesticide
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
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
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
Nanosilver: An Ancient Material Is Getting New Attention
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
Nanotechnology in Crop Protection - Food Industry Applications
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
Silver-Ion Cycle – Nature fabricates its own Nanosilver
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...
US National Organic Program Approves Ban on Engineered Nanomaterials from Organic Products
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. 
Nanosilver in Textiles does not affect Skin-Flora
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
US Officials criticise European Parliament for 'disappointing' Position on 'novel Foods'
US officials have warned that European agriculture is being left behind because of its opposition to genetically modified (GM) crop and nanotechnology
‘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
Crystal Ball Vision for US Nanotechnology Developments
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
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