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US EPA releases Case Study for nanoscale Silver
The US EPA has published a case study for nanoscale silver used in disinfectant sprays through which it hopes 'research directions can be identified that might pertain to nano-Ag in disinfectant spray, as well as to nano-Ag in general and even more broadly to other nanomaterials'. The study is similar to the EPA's 2010 report on another...
NGO highlights Inaccuracies in its Guide to non-nano Sunscreens; blames Suppliers for Mistake
FoE Australia has revealed that 'at least fourteen brands' contained in its Safe Sunscreen Guide had 'mistakenly told us that their products were nano-free, whereas some of their sunscreens were in fact based on agglomerates or aggregates of nanoparticles'. The NGO has now lodged an official complaint with the Australian Competition and Consumer...
BSI publishes three new Nanotechnology Standards; announces Development of a fourth
BSI has today released three new Publicly Available Specifications (PAS) for nanotechnology, and has announced that work is being carried out on a fourth
European Commission Scientific Committees find TTC Approach unsuitable for Nanomaterials
A report authored by the European Commission's SCCS, SCHER and SCENIHR has found that the TTC approach 'is not applicable to...insoluble particle and nanomaterials'. The document stated that the approach is unsuitable for nanomaterials due to 'their specific toxicokinetics properties compared to soluble materials'
EC SCCS publishes ''Guidance on the Safety Assessment of Nanomaterials in Cosmetics''
The EC SCCS has compiled a document, whose intention is to provide 'scientific advice it [the EC] needs when preparing policy and proposals' for the use of nanomaterials in cosmetic products. The report states that it 'has made possible the identification of a number of issues and questions regarding the types of information and data unique to...
EC JRC discusses the Challenges of regulating Nanoparticles in Food
In an article recently published by 'Food-Lab International' magazine, a representative of the EC's JRC stated that 'the rapid developments in nanotechnology have driven and accelerated scientific and regulatory activities'; according to her, this is necessary since it means 'maximising the benefits of products containing nanomaterials while...
ISO publishes new Technical Report on Nanomaterial Characterisation in Toxicology
A new Technical Report (TR) has recently been published by ISO, entitled ISO TR 13014:2012, Nanotechnologies - Guidance on physiochemical characterisation of engineered nanoscale materials for toxicologic assessment. The report is said to be able to 'assist health scientists and experts to understand, plan, identify, and address' characterisation...
ICCR to discuss Nanoparticle Characterisation Methods for Cosmetics
Draft documents on methods for the characterisation of nanoparticle ingredients in cosmetics will be presented at the sixth ICCR conference, according to a recent report. The event, which will be hosted by the US FDA, is also set to discuss strategies that could be used to assess the safety of nanomaterials
FACOSH briefs US Secretary of Labor on Dispersible Engineered Nanomaterials
The US Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health has submitted a document to the US Secretary of Labor containing information on federal agencies' use of PELs. The review looks at a number of different areas, including dispersible engineered nanomaterials
NIA fears for gradual Nanotechnology Innovation
In an interview with Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN), the NIA raised concerns about the implementability of the EC's recommendation of a definition of the term 'nanomaterial'. "Instead of a business development possibility, it is much more a threat of costly product compliance," Dr Steffi Friedrichs, Director General of the NIA...
FDA issues two draft Guidance Documents for Nanotechnology
The US FDA today released documentation related to the safety aspects of nanomaterials for the food and cosmetics industries, and has asked for input from stakeholders
ECHA recommends addition of new Nano Guidance to CARACAL
ECHA has drafted new information concerning nanomaterials for the appendices of certain chapters in the Guidance on Information Requirements and Chemical Safety Assessment (IR & CSA). These additions have been sent to the Competent Authorities of CARACAL and are based on the results of the RIP-oN 3)
Nano-Innov Guide advises on Ways to limit occupational Exposure to Nanoparticles
A working group for the French Nano-Innov initiative has published a guide that will help prevention specialists characterise the potential nanoparticles emitted by aerosols in a working environment. The paper was jointly developed for Nano-Innov by Ineris, INRS and the CEA
Three new Standardization Documents published
The International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 229 and the British Standards Institution (BSI) nanotechnology Committee NTI/1 have published three documents related to standardization of nanotechnology and nanomaterials
A Nano-Challenge for FDA
Under the title Regulating Nanomedicine – Can FDA handle it?, a recent review article in WeSRCH (MedTech) online investigates the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) ability to fulfil its duty in providing 'clarity and legal certainty to manufacturer, policymakers, healthcare providers and the public' on the topic of nanomedicine
Crystal Ball Vision for US Nanotechnology Developments
For many years the US has led the way in developing nanotechnology sector. Back in 1999 the 'Nano1' report entitled Nanotechnology Research Directions: Vision for nanotechnology in the next Decade outlined the direction of North American development of nanotechnology
Modelling Approach to Nanoparticle Toxicology
The statistical structure-activity correlation technique also known as 'Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship modelling (QSAR)' that is routinely used for complex molecules is now applied to the study of toxicology of nanoparticles
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
Obama is crowdsourcing NNI Strategy Comments
The White House unveiled a draft for a $1.76 billion programme to start in the year 2011. This is the continuation of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), based on a strategy document that was put to the public for comments on the 1 November 2010 until the 30 November 2010
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.