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News & Alerts

Tough Choices on the Menu for (nano-) Pesticides Regulators
The International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health (IJOEH) published a special issue concentrating on the human and environmental exposure assessment for nanomaterials
New Appetite for Nanotech Investment
Nanotechnology has been heralded as the new industrial and innovation paradigm by manufacturers and investors alike. Within the US companies are investing USD 2.75 billion. The investment is said to be split between electronics information technology (50%), materials and manufacturing (37%), health care (8%) and energy/environment
Green shoots of Nanotechnology in red?
In the midst of discussions on nanotechnology innovation and novel applications across the whole spectrum of products and services, a report came out from The Friends of the Earth (FoE) accusing the nanotechnology community and innovations of not doing enough to reduce our impact on the environment
SNURs for all! US EPA considers introducing Rules on all Nanomaterials
The US Environment Protection Agency (EPA) is working on a new set of rules that are planned to be introduced in January 2011. This is the continuation of the work that the EPA was doing in an attempt to regulate the use and distribution of nanomaterials
LGC Standards launch industrial Reference Nanomaterials for the OECD Sponsorship Programme
The Reference Nanomaterials (RNMs) used in the Sponsorship Programme of the OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN) are now also available from LGC Standards, supplier of over 70000 reference materials in Europe.
ISO/TC 229 published Vocabulary in Carbon Nanotube Characterisation
The International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 229 has published another Techinical Specification related to the characterisation of single-wall carbon nanotubes
'Nano'-Labels on Biocidal Products - European Parliament adopts Proposal for Regulation of 'Nanomaterials' under the Biocides Directive
The European Parliament adopted a legislative resolution (1st reading, 22 September 2010) on the proposal for a regulation concerning the Placing on the market and use of biocidal products (provisional edition of the text adopted)
US EPA issues final Significant New Use Rule for Carbon Nanotubes
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued final Significant New Use Rules (SNURs) under section 5(a)(2) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for two chemical substances which were the subject of Premanufacture Notices (PMNs)
US EPA seeks public Comments on nano-Silver Pesticide Registration
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is proposing to register conditionally a pesticide product containing nanosilver as a new active ingredient for a period of four years
EPA seeks public Comments on nano-Silver Case-Study
The US EPA has published a draft document entitled Nanomaterial Case Study: Nanoscale Silver in Disinfectant Spray (EPA/600/R–10/081), intended to ‘serve as part of a process to help identify and prioritize scientific and technical information that could be used in conducting comprehensive environmental assessments (CEA) of selected nanomaterials'
Another false 'nano'-Alarm
On the 10 July 2010, the European Union rapid alert system for all dangerous consumer products, RAPEX, featured a notification from Denmark that a product called 'NanoCover’ (described as a 'Pump-spray detergent - NanoCover Floor Seal, Non-absorbent’) was to be removed from the market
EPA reopens commenting on MWCNT SNURs
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has re-opened the public commenting period for a Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes (MWCNTs) Significant New Use Rule (SNUR)
Anticipating the Governance of Carbon Nanotubes
An article, entitled An Anticipatory Governance Approach to Carbon Nanotubes, published in the journal Risk Analysis, discusses the potential strategies in regulating emerging applications of carbon nanotubes
PEN Consumer Products Inventory has substantive Deficiencies
The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN) Consumer Products Inventory (CPI) received heavy criticism by a team of researchers, who aimed to examine and validate the inventory by investigating four prominent categories of nanoparticles (carbon, gold, silver, and iron)
Nanotechnology Company Directory lists over 2000 Companies Worldwide
‘Well over 2000 companies worldwide [are] already involved in nanotechnology’ reads the headline of a NanoWerk News article; it continues to explain that, '[a]t the latest count, over 2100 companies from 48 countries are involved in nanotechnology research, manufacturing or applications - a number that keeps growing at a considerable pace'
Nanomaterials are big in California: DTSC redefined the Nanoscale
The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) today published its Green Chemistry Draft Regulation for Safer Consumer Products. The draft regulation, which will apply to all consumer products made available for use in California, makes a number of proposals for 'nano'
US Nanotechnology Regulation - an Interview with Authorities and Industries
In an interview with Skip Lockard, co-chair of Alston & Bird’s Nanotechnology practice, representatives of the US regulatory authorities and the chemical industries discuss current and future US regulation of nanotechnology
'Hazardous Substance inside?' NIA comments on Demands for Labelling of Electronics
'Every transistor in a computer chip would...include a hazardous substance,' Steffi Friedrichs, Director General of the NIA, comments on the recent vote of the European Parliament’s ENVI Committee to support a set of amendments to the RoHS Directive, which includes a call for labelling of ‘nanomaterials’, identified as such according to a...
Uncertainty? - Yesterday's News makes Headlines
For as yet unexplained reasons, the German Government’s Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung (BfR) (Federal Institute for Risk Assessment) has published a press release on a six months old position paper
FDA mandates reporting of Pharmaceutical Nanomaterials below 1000nm
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Centre for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) published a Manual for Policies and Procedures (MAPP), entitled ‘Reporting Format for Nanotechnology-Related Information in CMC Review’