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Developments in Nanotechnology - Review 2010 / 2011 Preview
The last 12 months were eventful ones for the nanotechnology community, and the next 12 months already promise to easily top the events of 2010. The publication and implementation of regulatory nanomaterial definitions, and further reviews and amendments of national and federal regulations, such as mandatory reporting schemes, are just a few of...
OECD WPMN Updates: New List of OECD Nanomaterials & Compilation of Occupational Health & Safety Guidelines
The OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN) has added a further two publications to its OECD Publication Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials, numbers 27 and 28
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
Harmonised Terminologies facilitate International Commerce - NIA comments on California's proposed Green Chemistry Regulation
The NIA has provided comments on California's Green Chemistry Proposed Regulation for Safer Consumer Products. A member of the CalNIN Regulatory Committee, the NIA supported Network's Regulatory Committee in the collation and submission of comments to the Safer Consumer Product Alternatives Regulation, proposed and published by the California DTSC...
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
A common Language for Nanotechnologies: ISO publishes 'Methodology for Classification & Categorization of Nanomaterials'
The International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) has published a new technical report (TR) entitled Nanotechnologies – Methodology for the classification and categorization of nanomaterials’ (ISO/TR 11360:2010)
EC Scientific Committee recommends a high upper Threshold for a tiered Definition of the Term
Only two weeks after the official publication of the EC JRC's Reference Report on the Considerations on a Definition of Nanomaterial for Regulatory Purposes (EUR 24403 EN), SCENIHR has published an opinion paper that aims to provide ‘advice on the essential scientific elements of a working definition for the term “nanomaterial” for regulatory...
European Parliament to include Nanotechnologies in own Initiative Report on the 'Future of European Standardization'
During a European Parliament hearing on the Future of European Standardisation, held on the 23 June 2010 by the European Parliament Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO), MEPs decided to include nanotechnology, IT, communication and environmental protection in a portfolio of new areas to be covered by standardisations
Nanotechnology Standardization: CEN publishes Annual Report 2009
In its Annual Report 2009, the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) summarises its continuing work on Nanotechnologies Standardisation
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
In support of the Nanotechnology Industries: 'NIA — Beveridge & Diamond' Working Relationship
The Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) and Washington D.C. law firm Beveridge & Diamond are providing maximum benefit to all NIA members through an active working relationship between the two organisations
Review of ‘Regulatory Aspects of Nanomaterials’ released by European Commission
The EC has published its long-awaited Communication on Regulatory Aspects of Nanomaterials. The review covers nanomaterials currently in production and/or placed on the market and was conducted in order to support a claim in the previous EC Communication Nanosciences and nanotechnologies: an Action Plan for Europe 2005 – 2009
NIA supports the Commercialisation of Environmentally Beneficial Nanotechnologies
'Crucial to [the] advancements [of nanotechnologies] having an impact on climate change will be improving the public's understanding of nanotechnology's benefits, particularly with regards to health and safety issues, ensuring that the commercialisation process is not unnecessarily delayed,’ says Dr Steffi Friedrichs, Director of the NIA, today in...