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News & Alerts

NIA urges FDA to intensify the Support of internationally harmonised Efforts on the Interpretation of Nanomaterials
On 21 July 2012, ahead of the US FDA's 25 July deadline, the NIA submitted replies to the two Draft FDA Guidance documents that had been published by the FDA in April 2012
ICCM3 Nano Documents now available
The Secretariat of SAICM has recently published the documents that will be used and discussed at the upcoming third International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM3). Three of these documents are nanotechnology related - one is a 'Meeting Document', the other two are 'Information Documents'
6th International Nano Authorities Dialogue discusses Science Communication and Public Engagement
Officials from multiple European countries recently convened for the 6th International Nano Authorities Dialogue, where they debated best practices for the communication of scientific data and how to create a dialogue with the public and involved stakeholders
US CRS releases a Policy Primer on Nanotech
A recently released document by the US CRS has outlined the country's support for nanotechnology. The paper, Nanotechnology: A Policy Primer, gives an overview of the three areas it believes are crucial for the 'realization of this hoped for potential' along with a look at the issues regarding public engagement and nanomanufacturing
'Nanotechnologies have become more abstract for the majority of consumers' - Survey Results
A survey conducted in Switzerland and Germany in 2011 has found that, in comparison to three years prior, 'consumers know less about nanotechnologies' fields of application, and the knowledge [that] they do have is less precise'. The report draws its conclusions by comparing its findings to that of similar surveys conducted in 2008 and 2010
Study analyses Canadian Attitudes towards Nanotechnology and its Applications in Food Industries
An article recently presents the results of a study into the Canadian public's attitude to nanotechnology, both in general and in the specific area of its applications in the food industry. The investigation seems to imply that a fear of new applications derived from nanotech are indicative of people's general unease with science, rather than...
Swiss Nano-Cube wins E-learning Award
An interactive knowledge and education gateway for micro- and nanotechnologies has been awarded a 'Best of 2012' certificate in the e-learning category of an IT competition looking at innovation in IT. The platform, entitled Swiss Nano-Cube, was developed with the support of several Swiss Federal Offices, including FOEN
Study shows more needs to be done to ensure Consumer Confidence in Nano-enhanced Sunscreens in Australia
A survey conducted by the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE) has shown that respondents, drawn from the general public, felt they needed to know more before deciding whether sunscreens containing nanoparticles were a risk to them
Congress convenes Nanotechnology Caucus Briefing
On 22 June 2011 the Congressional Nanotechnology Caucus convened its inaugural 2011 Nanotechnology Caucus Lecture: "Nanotechnology 101". The Nanotechnology Caucus is a bipartisan group of Members dedicated to promoting nanotechnology. It was created a number of years ago largely as a result of Senator Ron Wyden's (D-OR) deep and abiding interest...
US White House OSTP invites public Comments on draft NNI EHS Strategy
The US White House Office of Science and Technology (OSTP) is seeking public comments on the Draft National Nanotechnology Initiative Strategy for Nanotechnology- Related Environmental, Health, and Safety Research
Public Perception of Nanotechnology in Finland
The Technical Research Centre (Finland) has released a 66-page report, entitled Nanotechnology perceptions - Literature review on media coverage, public opinion and NGO perspectives. This review reports on the relationship of different stakeholders with the aim to enable companies to better understand and succeed in communicating with them
New Nanotechnology Knowledge and Education Platform launched
The Innovation Society, an internationally active management and technology consulting company, has launched 'Swiss Nano-Cube' - a new knowledge and education platform for nanotechnologies online
NIOSH reviews Occupational Exposure to Carbon Nanotubes and Nanofibers
US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a report, entitled Occupational Exposure to Carbon Nanotubes and Nanofibers, providing an overview of the occupational risks connected to carbon nanotubes (CNT) and nanofibres (CNF)
Who knows what Nano is?
In a 176 page report to European Commission’s Research Directorate-General, entitled Europeans and biotechnology in 2010 – Wind of change? the Eurobarometer investigates the perception of the public on a variety of technological developments including nanotechnology
Beilstein launches new open-access Journal for Nanotechnology
The Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology' is a new Open-Access journal for nanotechnology and nanoscience with no fees for authors and readers. The 21st century will bring forth many advances in science and technology, and nanotechnology will play a key role
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
US Massachusetts Guidance on Nanomaterials Workplace Safety
The Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance (MOTA) has published a Technology Guidance document, entitled Nanotechnology -Considerations for Safe Development, which – according to the introduction of the guidance document - is aimed at assisting the development of nanotechnologies
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
Public prepared to support therapeutic Nanotechnologies
A survey, conducted by North Carolina State University and Arizona State University (ASU) found the public support for medical applications and physical enhancements that rely on nanotechnology increases when the public is informed of the technology’s risks as well as its benefits
Humans are Masterpieces of molecular Nanotechnology
What is Nano? - A video that aims to give an introduction to the strange world of nanoscience. Narrated by Stephen Fry, the video was created as part of an EU-funded project called Nanoyou