News & Alerts

News & Alerts

Nano-silver is readily eliminated in Wastewater Plants
The Swiss Ministry for Environment and the Swiss Institute for Waste, Water, Energy and Air have published a report entitled Characterisation and Evaluation of Nanosilver in Wastewater Treatment Plants
Canada bans Nanotechnology in ‘Organics’
According to The Organic & Non-GMO-Report (volume 10, Issue 5 May 2010), ‘[a]n amendment was added to Canada’s national organic rules banning nanotechnology as a “Prohibited Substance or Method.” The section lists substances or techniques that are prohibited in organic food production
European Parliament approaches Nanomaterials in Electrical and Electronic Equipment with strong Language and a heavy Hand
The European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) has voted on the adoption of suggested amendments to the current regulation on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (recast) (ROHS/WEEE)
Small regional Clusters key for European Nanobiotechnology Infrastructure
‘Nanobiotechnology is essentially different in many aspects from other areas of nanotechnology such as nano-electronics or nano-materials. It is certainly the most complex sub-area of nanotechnology,’ commences the final report of the FP7 Support Action EuroNanoBio
NIA commences new Project to inform the European REACH Regulation on Nanomaterials’ Requirements
In the latest Issues of Nanomaterials World (Volume 6, Issues 7, 17 February 2010), Dr Steffi Friedrichs, Director General of the NIA, describes the aim and potential outcome of the NIA’s two new project concerned with REACH Implementation Plans on Nanomaterials (RIP-oNs): Scientific and technical Support on Nanomaterials’
European Parliament drafts ‘Nanomaterials’ into Biocide Recast
The Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) of the European Parliament has written its Draft Report on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the placing on the market and use of biocidal products, suggesting several amendments that specifcally mention ‘nanomaterials’
Nanotechnology’s Heart of Gold —The Core of Scientific and Commercial Breakthroughs
The World Gold Council (WGC) has released a report, entitled Gold for good – gold and nanotechnology in the age of innovation, aiming to demonstrate how gold nanoparticles offer the potential to overcome many of the serious issues facing mankind over the coming decades
US EPA Scientific Advisory Panel has mixed Opinions on Nanosilver
The US Environmental Protection Agency has released the minutes of its recent Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) Meeting on the topic, 'Evaluation of Hazard and Exposure Associated with Nanosilver and Other Nanometal Oxide Pesticide Products’ (held in Arlington VA, on the 3 to the 5 November 2009)
More Significant New Use Rules on Carbon Nanotubes proposed by US EPA (and a Clarification for those who lost track)
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a Proposed Significant New Use Rule for Multi-walled Carbon Nanotubes
European Commission picks up on new Titanium Dioxide Research Result
On the 21 January 2010 the European Commission’s DG Environment News Alert Service Science for Environment Policy published an article, entitled ‘Safety of sunscreen pigments comes under scrutiny’
Detailed Expert Review recommends ‘Case-by-Case’ Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials
ENRHES, a project funded by the European Commission’s Framework 7 Programme (FP7), has published its final report. The report represents the project’s focus to conduct and deliver ‘a comprehensive and critical appraisal of the health and environmental safety of fullerenes, carbon nanotubes (CNTs), metal and metal oxide nanomaterials’
Nanotech 2010: Mandatory Reporting, Nano-Regulation & -Legislation, 'applied' Risk Assessment
A continuing focus on carbon nanotubes, nano-Silver, and TiO2
US NIOSH publishes new Results on potential occupational Exposure to Nanomaterials
The US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has published three new articles on the potential occupational exposure to engineered nanomaterials
NIA to help develop Advice on the Assessment of Nanomaterials under REACH
Two contracts concerning the development of specific advice on the assessment of nanomaterials under REACH have been awarded by the EC's JRC-IHCP to a consortium led by SAFENANO (Institute of Occupational Medicine), and including the Nanotechnology Industries Association, Cefic, and Soluzioni Informatiche
Comment Period for proposed Significant New Use Rule on Carbon Nanotubes extended
According to Bergeson & Campbell P.C. Nanotechnology Law Blog, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has extended the comment period for its Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) proposal for multi-walled and single-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs)
Japanese Government publishes risk Assessment of manufactured Nanomaterials
The Japanese Government National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) has published the English translations of several interim reports on the Risk Assessment of Manufactured Nanomaterials, issued in the Japanese language in October 2009
Stanford University submits comprehensive Response to DTSC Data Call-in
The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC/Department) has received a comprehensive response to its mandatory data-call in on carbon nanotubes: on the 18 December 2009 Stanford University sent a letter to the DTSC disclosing its research activities with carbon nanotubes (CNTs)
California EPA Legal and Regulatory Changes now in effect
According to a news release of the California EPA (Cal/EPA) Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), several legal and regulatory changes have gone into effect on the 1 January 2010; these include the requirement of 'DTSC to develop information on nanomaterials in collaboration with manufacturers and importers'
European Commission launches Public Consultation on new EU Nanotechnologies Action Plan
The EC has launched a public consultation on a new Nanotechnologies Action Plan. After publication of the 2nd Implementation Plan of the European Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies: An action plan for Europe 2005-2009, the Commission considers it especially important to address the technological and societal challenges for the next five years
European Commission publishes 2nd Implementation Report on the European Action Plan 2005-2009
The EC has published the 2nd Implementation Report on the European Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies: An action plan for Europe 2005-2009; according to the introduction, the Communication ‘outlines the key developments during 2007-2009 in each policy area of the Action Plan, identifies current challenges, and draws conclusions relevant to the...