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Silver Nanotechnology – Round 2: SNWG comments on German BfR
On 2 May 2011 the Silver Nanotechnology Working Group (SNWG) issued a reply to the scientific opinion published by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) which was made on the 12 March 2011. The response was entitled SNWG comments on BfR & nanosilver
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...
German BfR raises Doubt about the use of nano-Silver in Consumer Products - “just in case”
As a result of a focused workshop on the toxicology of nano-silver, the German BfR published an opinion (No. 24/2010) piece entitled Safety of nano silver in consumer products: many questions remain open (in English) and, BfR rät von Nanosilber in Lebensmitteln und Produkten des täglichen Bedarfs ab (in German); these are neither reports nor...
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
European Commission and NIA publish First Set of Results from the OECD Sponsorship Programme on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials
The EC JRC, supported by the NIA and its member company RAS Materials, has published the first report in a series on the NM-Series of Representative Manufactured Nanomaterials. Entitled 300 Silver - Characterisation, Stability, Homogeneity, the report marks the start to the publication of the first set of results obtained under the OECD WPMN...
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
French Regulation of Nanomaterials - Public Consultation open for a Short Time
The French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing has published a consultative document on a long-announced draft regulation mandating the annual reporting of nanoparticulate substances available on the market (déclaration annuelle des substances à l'état nanoparticulaire mises sur le marché)
Delayed Implementation of Safer Consumer Product Alternatives Regulations: Implications for Nanoscale Materials
In response to concerns vigorously expressed by diverse stakeholders over the final draft of the Safer Consumer Product Alternatives (SCPA) Regulations, the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) has effectively delayed implementation of the much-anticipated regulations
Now available in English: Austrian 'NanoTrust' Project Publications
The Austrian NanoTrust (a project of the Austrian Institute of Technology Assessment of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, sponsored by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Technology and Innovation) has published a number of its dossiers in English language
Head Start for Nanoparticles
For over 20 years medical and scientific experts have been working on the use of nanoparticles in drug delivery as well as other types of patient treatment such as hyperthermia treatment of cancer, image enhancement of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) or even tissue engineering
US NIOSH seeks Comments on Occupational Exposure to Carbon Nanotubes and Carbon Nanofibers
The US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) requests comments on the draft Current Intelligence Bulletin: Occupational Exposure to Carbon Nanotubes and Nanofibers (NIOSH Docket Number: NIOSH 161-A)
OECD WPMN Updates: New List of OECD Nanomaterials & Compilation of Occupational Health & Safety Guidelines
The OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN) has added a further two publications to its OECD Publication Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials, numbers 27 and 28
US NGO petitions EPA to investigate 'micronized' Copper Carbonate
US based International Center for Technology Assessment (ICTA) has petitioned the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to immediately investigate the composition of three products containing '"micronized" copper carbonate
NIOSH reviews Occupational Exposure to Carbon Nanotubes and Nanofibers
US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a report, entitled Occupational Exposure to Carbon Nanotubes and Nanofibers, providing an overview of the occupational risks connected to carbon nanotubes (CNT) and nanofibres (CNF)
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
US National Organic Standards Board recommends Banning of Nanomaterials from certified Organics
The US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) announced a unanimous decision to recommended that the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) prohibit engineered nanomaterials from certified organic products
European Parliament approves Agreement on EEE Legislation
Members of the European Parliament voted to formally approve an agreement recently reached with Council on updating existing legislation for the RoHS in EEE. The updated legislation does not immediately add new substances to the current blacklist of six prohibited substances, but foresees a review by the Commission
Six top Nanotechnology Applications to save our Planet
With a growing concerns about the climate change and the reduction in natural reserves of fossil fuels, how would our efforts in nanotech innovation help the matter? Lux Research is reporting that by implementing just six top nanotechnology applications, leading industrialised countries like US, Germany and Japan could save up to 12% of their...
NIA Collaborative Projects deliver Nano-specific Information in Advance of REACH
'Asking what information the REACH registration process will or will not produce about nanomaterials is the wrong question,' says Dr Steffi Friedrichs, Director General of the NIA; 'Instead, the key point is that the NIA is working on the largest contribution that industry makes to the OECD's programme on the safety testing of a representative set...
An anticipatory Governance Approach to Carbon Nanotube Risk Assessment
The November issues of the journal Risk Analysis features and article entitled An Anticipatory Governance Approach to Carbon Nanotubes. The report introduces carbon nanotubes as 'novel materials with remarkable properties; possible beneficial applications include aircraft frames, hydrogen storage, environmental sensors, electrical transmission,...