French mandatory Reporting of Nanomaterials notified to the European Commission
The French Government submitted its final version of a Decree on the annual declaration of nanoparticle substances to the European Commission
US PTO files more Nano-Patents
In the first week of June 2011 the US PTO filed a staggering 78 class 977 patents in nanotechnology applications area. This trend is showing an increase in nanotechnology innovation with 5 of these patents being filed with US government clauses
Sunscreen Ruling by US FDA - nanoscale Ingredients are not absorbed
On 14 June 2011 US FDA released a new statement about the labelling of the sunscreen products, entitled FDA Announces Changes to Better Inform Consumers About Sunscreen. In order to provide a better consumer awareness of the over the counter sunscreen products FDA also established a consumer website to explain the changes in labelling and...
Nanotechnology Patents keep Policymakers awake at Night
"What is keeping nanotech innovation policymakers awake at night?" is the question discussed at a ObservatoryNANO workshop on 1 June 2011. The discussion themes include 'measurable indicators', of which patents are one critical element
Swedish Chemicals Agency to ban ZnO-based anti-fouling Paints
The Swedish Chemicals Agency (Kemi) is planning to ban ZnO-based antifouling paints from September 2011. While this has nothing to do with the debate on 'macro versus nano', since Kemi considers ZnO in any form in high concentration in marine paints toxic to marine life
OECD Review of Current Developments on Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials
At a meeting in Paris on the 16 March 2011 the OECD produced a document entitled Current Developments/Activities on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials as a result of a two-day Tour de Table at the 8th Meeting of the Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials
NIA EXCLUSIVE - UPDATE: Advances towards a European Database on nanomaterials: Towards harmonization of national databases for nanomaterials on the market
Since the start of the establishment of a European Database on Nanomaterials (i.e. kicked off in September 2010 by the Belgian Presidency to the European Council), the initiative has gained significant traction
Is your nanosilver T-shirt bad for the environment?
Nano-silver applications in antimicrobial or 'non-smelly' fabric applications focused most of the attention of the media and bloggers for years. It comes as no surprise that a detailed evaluation of the environmental impact has finally been reported on a particular case of T-shirt enhanced with nano-silver
Nano-drink to Thai Innovation
Nanotechnology is most often associated with applications in electronic or novel materials, but a thai-based beverage company is actively developing a set of dietary fruit drinks that contain nanoparticles
EFSA publishes new Guidelines on Nanomaterials Risk Assessment
The European Food Standards Authority (EFSA) published its most recent scientific opinion entitled Guidance on the risk assessment of the application of nanoscience and nanotechnologies in the food and feed chain
US NIOSH recommends exposure (Limits) to fine and ultrafine Titanium Dioxide
US NIOSH published its finding relating to the Titanium Dioxide fine and ultra-fine particle long term exposure in its Current Intelligence Bulletin 63 entitled Occupational Exposure to Titanium Dioxide
New Guidelines for Nanomaterials developed by WHO
The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Global Network of Collaborating Centers in Occupational Health have focused on the nanomaterials, and WHO is now developing guidelines for Protecting Workers from Potential Risks of Manufactured Nanomaterials
Dutch Government updates Inventory of nano-enabled Products on the European Market
The Dutch RIVM has published a report entitled Nanomaterials in consumer products - Update of products on the European market in 2010. The report had been commissioned by the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (nVWA) as an update to RIVM's first inventory, published 2007
American Innovation Strategy features Nanotechnology
On the 4 February 2011 the White House published a strategy document, A Strategy for American Innovation: Securing Our Economic Growth and Prosperity, which outlines its policy on innovation and the approach to 'winning the future'. The strategy is formed of continuation of the old policies with new emphasis on innovation treated as the...
Nanotechnology turns out to be recession-proof
Economic survey data from IVAM Microtechnology indicates that nanotechnology companies are weathering the economic recessions better than other sectors and have a positive outlook on the 2011
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. 
The Proliferation of State Regulation of Chemical Substances: Are Nanoscale Materials implicated?
Federal legislative inaction has not gone unnoticed by state legislative bodies, which are impatient with the slow pace of legislative reform.  As a result, states are taking matters into their own hands and enacting laws, resolutions, and related chemical control measures, including matters pertinent to nanoscale materials
2010 Fall in Nanotech Patent Filings
WIPO has released a report on International Patent Filings Recover in 2010, according to which the international application for patents in the technical field 'III: Chemistry; 22. Micro-structural and nano-technology' fell by 2.3% in 2010 compared to 2009. Patent filings in this field had experiences a sharp increase from 196 in 2006 to 350 in...
Impacts of Nanotechnology on Companies (OECD WPN Report Summary)
OECD and its Working Party on Nanotechnology (WPN) have released the final version of  The Impacts of Nanotechnology on Companies - Policy Insights from Case Studies report aimed at industry and policy making organisations for working on innovation and responsible development of nanotechnology
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