US NIOSH recommends exposure (Limits) to fine and ultrafine Titanium Dioxide
US NIOSH published its finding relating to the Titanium Dioxide fine and ultra-fine particle long term exposure in its Current Intelligence Bulletin 63 entitled Occupational Exposure to Titanium Dioxide
New Guidelines for Nanomaterials developed by WHO
The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Global Network of Collaborating Centers in Occupational Health have focused on the nanomaterials, and WHO is now developing guidelines for Protecting Workers from Potential Risks of Manufactured Nanomaterials
Dutch Government updates Inventory of nano-enabled Products on the European Market
The Dutch RIVM has published a report entitled Nanomaterials in consumer products - Update of products on the European market in 2010. The report had been commissioned by the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (nVWA) as an update to RIVM's first inventory, published 2007
American Innovation Strategy features Nanotechnology
On the 4 February 2011 the White House published a strategy document, A Strategy for American Innovation: Securing Our Economic Growth and Prosperity, which outlines its policy on innovation and the approach to 'winning the future'. The strategy is formed of continuation of the old policies with new emphasis on innovation treated as the...
Nanotechnology turns out to be recession-proof
Economic survey data from IVAM Microtechnology indicates that nanotechnology companies are weathering the economic recessions better than other sectors and have a positive outlook on the 2011
US National Organic Program Approves Ban on Engineered Nanomaterials from Organic Products
On December 17, 2010, the US National Organic Program (NOP) voted to accept the recommendation of the US National Organic Standards Board(NOSB) to prohibit engineered nanomaterials from the production, processing, and packaging of certified organic products.  The decision was made with little fanfare, but has big implications. 
The Proliferation of State Regulation of Chemical Substances: Are Nanoscale Materials implicated?
Federal legislative inaction has not gone unnoticed by state legislative bodies, which are impatient with the slow pace of legislative reform.  As a result, states are taking matters into their own hands and enacting laws, resolutions, and related chemical control measures, including matters pertinent to nanoscale materials
2010 Fall in Nanotech Patent Filings
WIPO has released a report on International Patent Filings Recover in 2010, according to which the international application for patents in the technical field 'III: Chemistry; 22. Micro-structural and nano-technology' fell by 2.3% in 2010 compared to 2009. Patent filings in this field had experiences a sharp increase from 196 in 2006 to 350 in...
Impacts of Nanotechnology on Companies (OECD WPN Report Summary)
OECD and its Working Party on Nanotechnology (WPN) have released the final version of  The Impacts of Nanotechnology on Companies - Policy Insights from Case Studies report aimed at industry and policy making organisations for working on innovation and responsible development of nanotechnology
Nanosilver in Textiles does not affect Skin-Flora
On 10 January 2011 The Hohenstein Institute (Germany) reported on a practical trial of antibacterial clothing that contains nanosilver. The effects of nanosilver on the skin flora and microclimate were investigated
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...
Nanoelectronics Patents - US PTO’s Christmas Present to Nanotechnology Innovators
During the week leading up to Christmas, the US Patent Trademark Office (US PTO) issued a dozen newly issued Class 977 nanotechnology patents, most in the area of electronics
Delayed Implementation of Safer Consumer Product Alternatives Regulations: Implications for Nanoscale Materials
In response to concerns vigorously expressed by diverse stakeholders over the final draft of the Safer Consumer Product Alternatives (SCPA) Regulations, the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) has effectively delayed implementation of the much-anticipated regulations
Everything you always wanted to know about Nanotechnology Textiles
Nanowerk Spotlight provides a detailed account of the application of Nanotechnology Textiles, explaining that '"Nano Textiles" can be produced by a variety of methods. The key difference among them is whether synthetic nanoparticles are integrated into the fibres or the textile, or are applied as a coating on the surface, and/or whether...
EU Council mandates Member State initiated 'Harmonized Database for Nanomaterials'
The Council of the European Union adopted a conclusion to provide a mandate to the European Commission to 'evaluate the need for the development of specific measures for nanomaterials relating to risk assessment and management, information and monitoring, including the further development of a harmonized database for nanomaterials, while...
NIA EXCLUSIVE - Restricted Docs & Pubs: Towards a Regulatory Framework for Nanomaterials' Traceability
On the 16th December 2010, the Nanomaterials Coordinator for the Belgian Presidency presented to the 6th Meeting of the REACH Competent Authorities Subgroup on Nanomaterials CASG-Nano the Belgian Presidency Conclusions and Next Steps 'Towards a regulatory framework for nanomaterials' traceability' '
Where are all the nano-Investors?
Economic downturn and some uncertainty in economies around the world with additional cuts in government funding set a very bleak picture for the investment landscape for start-ups in any technology driven sector like nanotechnology. What trends and specific features of nanotech industry are still attractive to investors and what could we expect to...
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
NIA Breaking News: NIA's proactive Initiative regarding regulatory Action on Nanomaterials
Following the Belgian Presidency's proposal for a mandatory register of nanomaterials, and the overwhelming resonance this proposal struck amongst other European Member States, it's clear that these national regulations will go forward and that the worse-case scenario will be for industries to be faced with nanomaterial-specific regulations in at...
Nanotech Investment held steady throughout the financial Crisis
Market research and advisory firm Lux Research has published a report comparing ‘nanotech innovation and technology development in 19 countries in order to provide government policymakers, corporate leaders and investors a detailed map of the nanotech’s international development landscape’