November 7, 2007

ELI Publishes Nanotechnology Deskbook

We are pleased to announce that the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) has published the Nanotechnology Deskbook, which Lynn L. Bergeson co-authored. ELI provides the following description of the Deskbook: Nanotechnology promises to have far reaching impacts on the economy, including offering technological advances in pollution control. While over 200 products that use nanomaterials are already in the marketplace, minimal data exist on the health and environmental effects of...
November 6, 2007

House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Relationship Between Environmental and Health Policy and Nanotechnology

On October 31, 2007, the House Committee on Science and Technology’s Research and Science Education Subcommittee held a hearing on the relationship between environmental and health policy and nanotechnology. The Subcommittee examined how the U.S. can stay at the forefront of scientific research and development, while at the same time establishing priorities and a detailed plan for research on the potential environmental and health risks of engineered nanomaterials. The...
October 29, 2007

Nanomaterials Included on ATSDR List of Proposed Substances for Toxicological Profile Development

On October 25, 2007, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) requested nominations from a list of proposed substances that it will evaluate for toxicological profile development. The list of proposed substances includes nanomaterials. According to the notice, ATSDR will evaluate all data and information associated with the nominated substances and will determine the final list of substances to be chosen for toxicological profile...
October 25, 2007

NTP Board Will Review Proposed Research and Testing of Nanoscale Gold

On October 17, 2007, the National Toxicology Program (NTP) announced that the Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC) will meet on December 6, 2007. The notice states that the preliminary agenda topics include review of NTP study nominations and proposed research and testing activities for several substances, including nanoscale gold. Written comments are due November 21, 2007. The deadline for pre-registration is November 29, 2007. NTP will post when...
October 18, 2007

Draft Guidance Addresses Nanomaterials in the Workplace

The Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin/BAuA) (FIOSH) and the German Chemical Industry Association (Verband der Chemischen Industrie/VCI) (GCIA) have issued draft document entitled Guidance for Handling and Use of Nanomaterials at the Workplace. The Guidance is intended to provide an overview of occupational health and safety measures in the production and use of nanomaterials. The basis for the Guidance is a...
October 17, 2007

EPA Provides Summary of August 2007 NMSP Meeting

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) placed in the docket a report summarizing remarks and public comments made during the August 2, 2007, meeting on the Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program (NMSP). The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and receive comments on the development of the voluntary NMSP. The intent of the report is to provide an overview of the discussion that occurred. It does not analyze or evaluate any portion of the...
October 15, 2007

DEFRA Will Publish Revised VRS Guidance

According to the fourth quarterly report for the UK’s Voluntary Reporting Scheme (VRS) for Manufactured Nanomaterials, the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) received no new submissions during the most recent quarter. Since the VRS began in September 2006, DEFRA has received a total of nine submissions, seven from industry and two from academia. In late July 2007, the Advisory Committee on Hazardous Substances (ACHS) reported the findings...
October 12, 2007

PEN Hosts a Seminar on Responsible NanoCode

The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars hosted on October 9, 2007, a seminar on the Responsible NanoCode, a voluntary, principles-based Code of Conduct for entities involved in the research, development, manufacture, and retail sale of products using nanotechnologies. The draft Code was developed by a working group organized in late 2006 by The Royal Society, the United Kingdom’s (UK) national academy of...
October 10, 2007

Internet Dialogue on Nanotechnology Focuses on Consumers

On October 23-24, 2007, the Project on Emerging Technologies (PEN), in collaboration with Consumers Union — publisher of Consumer Reports magazine and Consumer Reports Online — will host an online conversation about nanotechnology and consumer products. The event, ConsumersTalkNano, is intended to provide an easily accessible venue for the public to discuss information and share thoughts about the usage and potential benefits and risks of consumer products made with...