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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
Belgian Presidency proposes Register for Supply-Chain Traceability of Nanomaterials
The Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union is proposing to create a mandatory register of nanomaterials, as well as a (paper-)traceability mechanism to trace these materials back to their source
NIA calls for science-based 'Nanomaterial' Definition
'Any definition of the term 'nanomaterial' for regulatory purposes should...be based on scientific and technical criteria that uniquely describe phenomena resulting from the spatial confinement of a material', commences the detailed evidence which the NIA has submitted to the Public Consultation on the proposed SCENIHR Opinion on 'Scientific...
US FDA announces 'Workshop on Medical Devices and Nanotechnology'
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a Public Workshop on Medical Devices and Nanotechnology: Manufacturing, Characterization, and Biocompatibility, to be held on the 23 September 2010 in Washington DC
Safe Work Australia publishes Reports and Safety Assessment Tool for Nanomaterials
Safe Work Australia, an independent statutory agency with primary responsibility to improve occupational health and safety and workers’ compensation arrangements across Australia, has published two research reports on engineered nanomaterials and a nanotechnology risk assessment tool
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'
US GAO urges EPA to take regulatory Action on Nanomaterials
The US GAO (Government Accountability Office) has published a report, in which it identifies severe challenges to the EPA regarding the regulation of potential risks associated with nanotechnology
How to test manufactured Nanomaterials: OECD Published Updates and Test Protocols
The OECD Working Party of Manufacture Nanomaterials (WPMN) has added two documents to its OECD Publication Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials
OECD publishes four Reports on the Safety of Nanomaterials
The OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials has added a further four publications to its OECD Publication Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials
European Commission urgently demands science-based Definition of Nanomaterials
The European Commission’s (EC) Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) has receivedan urgent request for a Scientific Opinion via Accelerated Procedure: Scientific basis for the definition of the term “nanomaterial”
Australian Government commits Funding to Nanotechnologies’ Growth
The Australian Government (Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research) has published a new National Enabling Nanotechnologies Strategy, according to which, ‘[t]he Government is committing $38.2 million over four years from 2009-10 to the National Enabling Technologies Strategy as part of ‘Powering Ideas - An Innovation Agenda for the...
European Parliament approves labelling and Notification of Nanomaterials in Cosmetics
The European Parliament approved the amended recast of the EU Cosmetics Directive, introducing the mention of ‘nanomaterials’ into an EU legislation. The text adopted during the first reading (24 March 2009) contains a number of references to nanomaterials
EFSA publishes scientific Opinion on the ‘Potential Risks Arising from Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies on Food and Feed Safety’
EFSA has published a final opinion on nanotechnologies in food and feed; entitled The Potential Risks Arising from Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies on Food and Feed Safety, the opinion is based on a draft which underwent public consultation in October/November 2008, to which NIA provided comments