'Nanoparticles in Sunscreens can provide more Protection and more even Coverage' - US Dermatologists emphasise
The President of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recently commented on the concerns regarding sunblockers that contain nanoparticles, stating that the particles in them "have a long history of safe use in sunscreens and offer good options for broad-spectrum UV protection". He also stated that the US FDA sunscreen regulations, announced...
Swedish Environment Minister accuses Nanosilver Products of 'Consumer Fraud'
The Swedish Environment Minister, Lena Ek, has stated that she considers products containing silver nanoparticles to be "double the consumer fraud". She did note, however, that this was her view on the matter "as a private person" and not as a minister
New biocidal Products Regulation restricts Nanomaterial Use
The Council of the European Union has adopted the new regulation on the availability and use of biocidal products; elements of the new regulation, PE-CONS 3/12, are concerned with the use of nanomaterials in biocides. In response to this adoption, the NIA has written a letter to the EC asking it to clarify elements of the new legislation
NIA represented at NanoSafety Symposium
The NIA's Director of Advocacy, David Carlander, gave a presentation at the recently held Safety Issues and Regulatory Challenges of Nanomaterials symposium, covering the topics of industry needs and research activities. The event was coordinated by the EC JRC along with four European seventh Framework Programme (FP7) projects, and was attended by...
SNUR for infused Carbon Nanostructures announced by US EPA
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced significant new use rules (SNURs) for 17 chemical substances, including 'infused carbon nanostructures (generic)', that had been the subjects of pre-manufacture notices (PMNs)
Economic Impact of Nanotechnologies - Background Papers for OECD / US NNI Symposium released
Background papers are now available for download from the recently held International Symposium on Assessing the Economic Impact of Nanotechnology via the US NNI's website. The stated objective of the event was to 'systematically explore the need for and development of a methodology to assess the economic impact of nanotechnology' and featured...
World Economic Forum Experts consider Nanotechnology one of the most important emerging Technologies of 2012
During the Global Agenda 2011 summit, members of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Emerging Technologies identified their top ten 'technology trends [which] would have the greatest impact on the world in the near future'; applications of nanotechnology were features of at least four of these
Dutch TV reports on impact of nano-Silver on Environment
On 4 February 2012, the Dutch TV channel Kassa broadcasted a report on nanosilver in sportswear. Entitled Vies luchtje aan nanozilver in sportkleding, it focused on a study that the Dutch NGO Natuur & Milieu had commissioned from a RIKILT laboratory: the study report Silver nanoparticles in textiles (RIKILT Report 2011.016) was released on the...
World’s first commercial-scale Producer of nanocrystalline Cellulose (NCC) opens up in Canada
On 26 January 2012 the Canadian Minister of Natural Resources, Joe Oliver, announced the official opening of CelluForce facility, 'the world's first commercial-scale producer of nanocrystalline cellulose (NNC)' located in Windsor, Quebec, Canada, according to the Ministry's press release
Extension of EPA commenting Period for proposed SNURs
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that in response to public requests, it is extending the period for submitting public comments on the proposed Significant New Use Rules (SNURs) for two new chemicals, which were published on 28 December 2011
France publishes draft Decree on Nanomaterial Reporting Requirements
The French Ministry for Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing has published a draft decree outlining the mandatory reporting requirements for products containing nanomaterials being placed on or entering the French market
Cosmetic Products Notification Portal (CPNP) launched for the Implementation of the European Cosmetics Regulation
On 11 January 2012 the European Commission's DG SANCO announced on its website that the Cosmetic Products Notification Portal (CPNP) has been launched. The new CPNP is an online notification system developed as stipulated by Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on cosmetic products. Use of its database by...
NIA EXCLUSIVE Document: Analysis of US EPA Conditional Registration of HeiQ AGS-20 as a Materials Preservative in Textiles
On 1 December 2011 the US EPA granted a conditional registration under section 3(c)(7)(C) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) for HeiQ-AGS-20 which is to be incorporated into textiles to suppress growth of bacteria. NIA has published an analysis of this registration
US PTO grants record Number of Nanotechnology Patents in 2011
The Cleantech & Nano blog posted on 27 December 2011 an article entitled Nanotech Patent Counting in 2011: Record Numbers, Slight Growth... Good Management. According to the article, the US Patent Trademark Office (PTO) granted a total of 792 nanotechnology patents in 2011. This represents an increase from 780 patents in 2010, 532 in 2009, 432...
Swiss Publication on disposal of Textile Waste containing Nanosilver
The Swiss Institute for Environmental and Process Technology (Institut für Umwelt- und Verfahrenstechnik (UMTEC)) have published a report entitled Disposal of Waste containing Nanosilver in the Textile Industry: Mass Flows and Treatment Methods
EPA publishes proposed SNURs for 17 Chemicals, including CNTs and Fullerenes
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed on December 28, 2011, Significant New Use Rules (SNURs) (i.e. 76 Fed. Reg. 81447) for 17 chemical substances that were the subject of Pre-manufacture Notices (PMNs), including seven substances with the term carbon nanotube (CNT) and seven substances with the term fullerene in their respective...
France faces no Opposition from European Commission on its Proposal to make Reporting of Nanomaterials mandatory
According to an article in ChemicalWatch published on 18 November 2011, the European Commission did not oppose the decree for mandatory reporting of nanomaterial-containing products proposed by France
NIA discusses the EU's Nanomaterial Definition and its Impact on Companies
The article EU Definition of Nanosubstances Could Boost Public Acceptance, Improve Regulations, published by the Meridian Institute on the 2 December 2011, discusses the content of the workshop entitled Defining Nano!? - Compliance Requirements & Market Impact of the EU Definition of 'Nanomaterials - organized by the NIA on the 30 November in...
Swiss Federation issues Nanomaterials Safety Guide for Textiles
A guide on the use and safety of nanomaterials in textiles was issued jointly by Swiss TVS and EMPA. The guide, entitled Nano Textiles: Foundations and guiding principles for the efficient sustainable development nanotextiles (Nano Textiles: Grundlagen und Leitprinzipien zur effizienten Entwicklung nachhaltiger Nanotextilien), provides useful...
Co-operation Agreement between European Aerospace Defense Group EADS and Russia’s Nanotech Corporation RUSNANO
During the Rusnanotech Forum, held in October 2011 in Moscow, the European Aerospace and Defense Group (EADS) and the Russian Nanotechnology Corporation (RUSNANO) committed to cooperating in the research and development (R&D) of new technologies