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'Hazardous Substance inside?' NIA comments on Demands for Labelling of Electronics
'Every transistor in a computer chip would...include a hazardous substance,' Steffi Friedrichs, Director General of the NIA, comments on the recent vote of the European Parliament’s ENVI Committee to support a set of amendments to the RoHS Directive, which includes a call for labelling of ‘nanomaterials’, identified as such according to a...
Uncertainty? - Yesterday's News makes Headlines
For as yet unexplained reasons, the German Government’s Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung (BfR) (Federal Institute for Risk Assessment) has published a press release on a six months old position paper
FDA mandates reporting of Pharmaceutical Nanomaterials below 1000nm
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Centre for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) published a Manual for Policies and Procedures (MAPP), entitled ‘Reporting Format for Nanotechnology-Related Information in CMC Review’
European Nanotechnology receives a public 'Thumbs-Up'
The European Commission has published the result of its Public Online Consultation Towards a Strategic Nanotechnology Action Plan (SNAP 2010-2015). The report summarises the detailed contributions given by 716 respondents of various backgrounds to the online questionnaire that was largely limited to multiple-choice answers
Nano-silver is readily eliminated in Wastewater Plants
The Swiss Ministry for Environment and the Swiss Institute for Waste, Water, Energy and Air have published a report entitled Characterisation and Evaluation of Nanosilver in Wastewater Treatment Plants
OECD publishes four Reports on the Safety of Nanomaterials
The OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials has added a further four publications to its OECD Publication Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials
European Parliament takes hard line in debate about Amendments to the Novel Foods Regulation
The European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) has voted to take forward a new set of proposed amendments into the 2nd Reading on the Novel Foods Regulation (expected to take place in July 2010)
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
Canada bans Nanotechnology in ‘Organics’
According to The Organic & Non-GMO-Report (volume 10, Issue 5 May 2010), ‘[a]n amendment was added to Canada’s national organic rules banning nanotechnology as a “Prohibited Substance or Method.” The section lists substances or techniques that are prohibited in organic food production
US Office of Pesticide Programs announces new Policy and Interpretation of Regulation and for Nanomaterials
On the 29 and 30 April 2010, the Pesticides Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) discussed the use of nanomaterials by the pesticides industry, as well as the related policy considerations
NIA assigns monetary Values to the Benefits of Nanotechnologies
In collaboration with Oakdene Hollins and the Univeristy of Nottingham, the NIA has started a project aiming to develop a methodology for estimating, in monetary terms, the benefits of nanotechnology
European Parliament approaches Nanomaterials in Electrical and Electronic Equipment with strong Language and a heavy Hand
The European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) has voted on the adoption of suggested amendments to the current regulation on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (recast) (ROHS/WEEE)
California Authorities urged to implement Nanomaterials Policies, Regulations and Legislations
The Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE) at UCSF released a draft report for public consultation, entitled A Nanotechnology Policy Framework: Policy Recommendations for Addressing Potential Health Risks from Nanomaterials in California, commissioned by the Californian OEHHA
UK Government publishes Nanotechnology Strategy
The UK Government has published its eagerly-awaited nanotechnology strategy, entitled UK Nanotechnologies Strategy Small Technologies, Great Opportunities
European Council rejects Parliament Proposal for Labelling of Nanomaterials in Food
The European Council has adopted its first Reading position on a draft regulation concerning Novel Foods. The decision, which was taken without discussion at the Environment Council in Brussels on the 15 March 2010, reflects the Council's political agreement approved on 22 June 2009
UK Food Standard Agency to compile a Database on Nanotechnology in Food
The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has announced the creation of a confidential database of food industry research into nanotechnology
Age and Gender influence public Attitude towards Nanotechnologies
A study commissioned by the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) as part of the 2008 British Social Attitudes survey found that ‘a range of factors...shape public opinion on nanotechnologies, including trust, experience of previous technological innovations, a sense of control, cultural outlook/worldview and the source from which they receive...
RUSNANO and EDB announce Plans for joint financing of Nanotech Projects
The Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) and state corporation Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies, RUSNANO, announced plans to offer joint financing of nanotechnology projects
European Commission urgently demands science-based Definition of Nanomaterials
The European Commission’s (EC) Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) has receivedan urgent request for a Scientific Opinion via Accelerated Procedure: Scientific basis for the definition of the term “nanomaterial”