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‘Ten Things you should know about Nanotechnology’
Nanowerk has published a website explaining Ten Things you should know about Nanotechnology. According to the Nanowerk website announcement, the explanation was developed and published in reaction to numerous questions about nanotechnologies
NIA speaks up for Nanomaterials in Cosmetics
In preparation for the upcoming European Parliament debate on the recast of the European Cosmetics Directive, German Tagesschau (News) published the reprint of a radio interview (HR) with the responsible European Parliament rapporteur Dagmar Roth-Behrens (German Social Democrats (SPD)) and Steffi Friedrichs, Director of the NIA
European Parliament to vote on a Definition, Notification and labelling of Nanomaterials in Cosmetics
The European Parliament is scheduled to decide about the regulation of nanomaterials in cosmetics on 24 and 25 March 2009. In the course of the European Cosmetics Directive (Cosmetics Directive 76/768/EEC) recast, an increasing number of references to ‘nanomaterials’ have been drafted into the ongoing amendments
European Parliament to vote on Definition and labelling of Nanotechnology
On Tuesday 24 March 2009 the European Parliament is scheduled to debate a report from ENVI that wants risk assessments of nanofoods and calls for labelling of products ‘produced with the aid of nanotechnologies’. Tuesday's debate forms part of the review of the Novel Foods Regulation ((EC) No 258/97)
Deadline extended — more Public Comments sought on Nanosilver Petition
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced an extension of the public comment period on the Petition for Rulemaking Requesting EPA Regulate Nanoscale Silver Products as Pesticides
US voluntary Nanomaterials Reporting Scheme 'considered successful'
Following its announcement in November 2008, the US EPA today published an Interim Report on the EPA Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program (NMSP), aiming to ‘summarize the information that has been submitted to the Agency under the Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program’
US EPA asks for Public Comments on Nanosilver Petition
The US Environmental Protection Agency published a Notice of Availability in the Federal Register, making available for public review and comments a petition for rulemaking and collateral relief, filed by the International Center for Technology Assessment (ICTA) and others
US EPA to seek Public Comments on Nanosilver Petition
The US EPA is expected to soon publish a call for public comment on the Nanosilver Petition (Citizen’s petition for rulemaking to the United States Environment Protection Agency), which was filed by on the 1 May 2008.  The legal petition demands EPA to use its FIFRA authority, in order to regulate nanosilver as a new pesticide
"Nanomaterials’ use is only going to keep growing’
A new report from Lux Research revealed that $147 billion worth of nano-enabled products were produced in 2007; this figure is expected to grow to $3.1 trillion in 2015
Swedish Chemical Agency recommends precautionary Measures for Nanotechnology
The Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI) published a report entitled with the question Nanotechnology – high risks with small particles? The report is described as ‘A compilation of available knowledge concerning risks for health and environment from nanotechnology, and proposals on measures for how to fill the identified knowledge gaps'
NIA clarifies: Study on Carbon Nanotubes doesn’t mean that Workers or Consumers are at Risk
Following the publication of a study suggesting that multi-walled carbon nanotubes follow a ‘fibre paradigm’, Matthew Dalton investigates for The Wall Street Journal how nanotechnology will be regulated under REACH, the new European chemical legislation that comes into force on 1 June 2008
Scientists support Industries' Safety Claims
The nanotechnology industries remain assured by their occupational and product safety measures throughout the heated debate surrounding the publication of a toxicology study suggesting that multi-walled carbon nanotubes follow a ‘fibre paradigm’ observed - amongst in other fibres - in asbestos
Carbon Nanotube News travels fast
The publication of a toxicology study entitled Carbon nanotubes introduced into the abdominal cavity of mice show asbestos like pathogenicity in a pilot study by Nature Nanotechnology Advanced Online Publications has received widespread media attention
US Coalition of NGOs petition EPA to regulate Silver Nanoparticles
A coalition of consumer protection, health and environmental groups have filed a legal petition with the US EPA demanding the agency halt the sale of consumer products containing silver nanoparticles. Silver nanoparticles are incorporated in an increasing number of consumer products due to their antimicrobial properties
Positive effect of Nanosilver might be overshadowed by environmental Concerns
Researchers from the University of Missouri have raised concerns about a potential increase of anti-microbial silver particles in waste water: ‘Because of the increasing use of silver nanoparticles in consumer products, the risk that this material will be released into sewage lines, wastewater treatment facilities, and, eventually, to rivers,...
Leeching Experiments prove variable Quality of anti-Odour Socks
Researchers form Arizona State University recommended better standards for products containing silver nanoparticles, since simple leeching experiments in distilled water had shown that some anti-odour socks allegedly impregnated with silver nanoparticles rapidly released their silver content, while others caused no release at all
EC proposes new Cosmetics Regulation
The European Commission has published a proposal which aims to simplify the European law on cosmetics by strengthening product safety while reducing costs for businesses. According to the press release,‘requirements for product safety assessments are clarified and simplified notification rules for new cosmetics cut administrative costs for...
US EPA launches Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program
The US EPA has released the final design of its Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program under the TSCA
Controversies surround Ban of Nanoparticles
As of January 2008 the UK-based Soil Association has banned the use of man-made nanomaterials from all Soil Association certified organic products. According to a press release by the Soil Association, ‘this [ban] applies particularly to health and beauty products, but also to food and textiles
NIA warns: Consumers will be confused by Nanoparticle Ban
The NIA criticised the Soil Association’s decision to ban nanoparticles from products that are to be certified with the Soil Association’s ‘organic’ label. In its press release, the Soil Association quotes old and unreliable sources, and quotes other sources out of context