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...
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...
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
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
US EPA requests Information from Manufacturers of Nanosilver
The US EPA released in the US Federal Register of 26 October 2011 the final 2010 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan as required by the US Clean Water Act. The effluent guidelines are regulations that improve water quality by controlling discharges from industrial sources. The plan includes a request for comment and information for its 2011 annual...
US Nanotechnology Caucus Briefing on Jobs and Nanotechnology
On 15 of November 2011 the Congressional Nanotechnology Caucus held a briefing on the topic 'jobs and technology'. The focus of the briefing was on exploring ways in which designated federal investments for nanotechnology could lead to job creation
Asia Nano Forum to pursue Iran’s proposal on Asian Nanoscale Certificate Award
The Asia Nano Forum (ANF) was held in Tehran, Iran, on the 9 October 2011. Representatives of 15 Asia-Pacific and 4 European countries attended the forum
France to publish a national Law on Nanomaterials by January 2012
France intends to publish a decree on nanomaterials by the end of 2011. The aim is to ensure better traceability of nanoparticles in products by setting out a mandatory reporting scheme for the manufacture, import and distribution of nanomaterials on the French market
Nanosilver: An Ancient Material Is Getting New Attention
Nanosilver has been the subject of much media attention in the recent past, and not all of it good. Nanotechnology detractors, and even some government agencies, have made nanosilver the bogey man for all that is scary and uncertain about nanomaterials
Belgian MP addresses Need for better Regulation of Nanomaterials
According to a news release by ChemicalWatch (30 September 2011), the Belgian politician Thérèse Snoy expressed the opinion that the EU legislation has not kept pace with the need to regulate nanomaterials and to do that, it would have to be adapted to cover the nanomaterials present in those products circulating on the market
New Plant for Innovnano
Innovnano - one of the key nanomaterials manufacturers in Portugal has announced an expansion of its facilities at Coimbra iParque (Portugal). The new plant and infrastructure will use some 3.3 hectares of land and would house a state of the art laboratory and manufacturing plant
Comparative Advertising and “non-nano”-Claims Ban for a Sunscreen Manufacturer
In a rare dispute with regulators, an Australian sunscreen manufacturer Valeant Pharmaceuticals Australasia was ordered to remove all advertising promoting their branded product, Invisible Zinc. The Australian regulator (TPA-CRP) found that the advertising made a number of claims in breach of the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code