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H.R. 5786 “Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010” Introduced

Rep. Janice Schakowsky, with Reps. Ed Markey and Tammy Baldwin among the co-sponsors, introduced H.R. 5786, the "Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010" on 07/20/2010. The act would amend Chapter VI of the Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act by adding new language regarding the marketing, labelling, testing and regulation of cosmetic manufacturers, packagers and distributors. Two sections … Continue Reading

Webinar: The Rise of MWNTs

On July 20, 2010, David Hwang of Lux Research gave a webinar entitled: "Lux Research Nanomaterials: The Rise of MWNTs: Oversupply Hides Real Opportunities." Mr. Hwang’s presentation identified the top global producers of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), explained why commercialization over the past 25 years has been relatively "anemic," and made some predictions for where … Continue Reading

Comments Regarding Nanotechnology Provisions in California’s Green Chemistry Draft Regulation for Safer Consumer Products

Public comments regarding California’s Green Chemistry Draft Regulation for Safer Consumer Products were due last week.  My comment /letter on the nanotechnology provisions contained in the draft regulation is set forth below.  Additionally, you can find a copy of the draft regulation here.   July 15, 2010 Heather Jones, MS 22A California Department of Toxic … Continue Reading

Is Global Nano-Product Labeling Right Around the Corner?

This article originally appeared on the National Nanomanufacturing Network’s InterNano website on July 20, 2010.  It is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported. On July 9, 2010, the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) Technical Committee 229 on Nanotechnologies presented a webinar requesting general public input regarding ISO’s … Continue Reading

GAO Provides Recommendations Regarding EPA’s Effort to Regulate Nanomaterials

On Friday, the United States Government Accountability Office issued its Report to the Chairman (Barbara Boxer) of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, US Senate, GAO-10-549: Nanotechnology: Nanomaterials Are Widely used in Commerce, but EPA Faces Challenges in Regulating Risk. Highlights from the report follow.  The report confirms speculation that EPA intends to issue certain new … Continue Reading

Nanoscale Carbon: In Vivo Tox Bibliography

The NanoSafety Consortium for Carbon has recently posted a bibliography of in vivo tox studies on its website.  The bibliography is (obviously) a work in progress.  We would greatly appreciate it if our readers would bring to our attention any pertinent articles that are not already on the bibliography.  The articles will be used to inform … Continue Reading

Conference: Multifunctional Nanomaterials

The Nano-Network and Wright State University are holding a joint conference on Multifunctional Nanomaterials: Cross-cutting Growth Opportunities in Energy, Environment and Aerospace Applications on May 24, 2010 at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.   "The aim of this one-day networking event is to bring together leaders and sponsors from Ohio industry, AFRL, AFOSR and university … Continue Reading

Chapter 163, MD Task Force to Study Nanobiotechnology

The General Assembly of Maryland has concluded its annual 90 day session. Among the bills that were passed during this year’s session was House Bill 795, introduced by Delegate Susan C. Lee.  As introduced, HB 795 was to establish a "Task Force to Study Nanotechnology and Nanobiotechnology", but was amended to focus solely on Nanobiotechnology and was … Continue Reading

EPA Set to Rule on FIFRA Nanosilver Petition in June

Inside EPA reports today that a "senior policy adviser for EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs, said EPA would issue in June a long-awaited response to a 2008 activist petition asking the agency to regulate nanoscale silver under FIFRA."  The article also mentions that EPA intends to define nanoscale ingredients for FIFRA purposes as "an ingredient … Continue Reading

University of California, San Francisco Publishes Draft Nanotechnology Regulatory Policy Recommendations

This article originally appeared on the National Nanomanufacturing Network’s InterNano website on April 30, 2010.  It is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported. The Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is part of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Services located in UCSF’s … Continue Reading

NanoSafety Consortium for Carbon

Just a quick plug for our new NanoSafety Consortium for Carbon which was recently launched to address potential EHS issues concerning its members’ products.  You can learn more about the consortium at: www.nanosafetyconsortium.com.… Continue Reading

First Nano-Specific Insurance: Lexington Insurance Company Introduces LexNanoShield

To our knowledge, this press release announces the first nano-specific liability insurance coverage available in the United States. Many nano-related businesses have been waiting a long time for a product like this. It will be interesting to see industry reaction. Lexington Insurance Company Introduces LexNanoShieldSM March 30, 2010 10:15 AM Eastern Daylight Time NEW YORK–(EON: … Continue Reading

President’s Council Evaluates National Nanotechnology Initiative

This article originally appeared on the National Nanomanufacturing Network’s InterNano website earlier today. It is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported. Maxine Savitz[1] and Ed Penhoe[2] provided a recent presentation summarizing the highlights of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST)[3] report on the status of the US National Nanotechnology Initiative … Continue Reading

Nanodialog.eu — Nanotechnology Law Report Reaches Poland

Our friends at Nanodialog.eu will now be publishing summaries of select nanolawreport blogs in Polish.  Here’s an example:   NOWOSCI The Nanotechnology Education Act  Pełny artykuł zamieszczony  1 lutego, 2010, w Nanotechnology Law Report przez Robert Oszakiewski : http://www.nanolawreport.com/2010/02/articles/the-nanotechnology-education-act/ 06.03.2010. Streszczenie i tłumaczenie: Ewa Lockard Końcem stycznia 2010, dwóch kongresmanów amerykańskich: David Wu i Daniel … Continue Reading

“Nanotechnology Law” — Now Online

Readers may be interested in learning that my 2009 book "Nanotechnology Law" is now online. You can find it on Westlaw as Nanotechnology Law (NANOTECH).  The Westlaw version is very helpful because you can now electronically search for any nano-related legal topic and let your computer do all the work — it even provides links … Continue Reading

EPA to Reverse Position on ‘Existing’ Nanomaterials

Last September we predicted that sometime in 2010 EPA would reverse its "distinct molecular identity" approach to determining when and whether nanoscale materials are considered New Chemical Substances requiring premanufacturing notice and approval under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).   We have been advising clients accordingly.  Inside EPA is now reporting that "EPA toxics chief … Continue Reading

Analysis: “Stanford University Responds to California’s DTSC Data Call-In for Carbon Nanotubes”

This article originally appeared on the National Nanomanufacturing Network’s InterNano website earlier today.  It is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported.  In late December 2009, California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) received the first response1 to its January 22, 2009 information request regarding carbon nanotubes2. The original request targeted 26 purported California manufacturers and/or … Continue Reading

Article: “Nanotechnology: The Next Battleground for Mass Torts?”

Our readers might be interested in seeing an article published by BNA’s Toxics Law Report which was published on December 3, 2009 — "Nanotechnology: The Next Battleground for Mass Torts?"  The article by a prominent California attorney and one of his Chicago-based associates is primarily a summary of our prior October 2008 article: "A Nano-Mesothelioma False Alarm" with … Continue Reading

IEEE Blogger Comments on Nanosilver Article

Earlier today, an IEEE blogger commented on a nanosilver article we previously re-published on this cite.   The original article was written by the Silver Nanotechnology Working Group and was first published on the University of Massachusetts, Amherst’s InterNano website (where I am Contibuting Editor for Environmental, Health and Safety and Regulation).  Dexter Johnson comments on the Nanoclast … Continue Reading

Australia Considers Proposal for Nano-Regulatory Reform

This article was written by John C. Monica, Jr. and Dr. Diana Bowman and originally appeared on the National Nanomanufacturing Network’s InterNano website earlier today.  It is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported. Dr. Bowman is a Senior Research Fellow in the School for Population Health at the University of Melbourne and a Visiting … Continue Reading

Working Group Makes Important Contribution to EPA’s Scientific Advisory Panel on Nanosilver

This article was contributed by Dr. Rosalinda Volpe, Executive Director, Silver Nanotechnology Working Group (SNWG) and originally appeared on the National Nanomanufacturing Network’s InterNano website earlier today.  It is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported. On November 3 – 6, 2009 the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) meeting … Continue Reading

New Edition of Nanotechnology Law Report

New Edition of Nanotechnology Law Report Inside you will find: EPA Considering New Approach to Nanoscale Materials Under TSCA EPA May Issue Mandatory Data Collection Rule for Nanoscale Materials Under TSCA EPA Takes Aim at Antimicrobial Products Under FIFRA EPA Unveils New Principles for Chemical Management Reform EPA Report on the Use of Nanoscale TiO2 … Continue Reading

New National Nanomanufacturing Network Newsletter

The National Nanomanufacuring Network (NNN) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst just published its October newsletter which you can find here.  There is a nice article by Barbara Beck and Chris Long from Gradient regarding the recent Song nanoparticle study from China which was my first contributing editor piece for NNN’s InterNano.  Please read the newsletter … Continue Reading

Study of Chinese Print Workers Claims to Provide the First Human Evidence of the Clinical Toxicity of Long-term Nanoparticle Exposures

This article was originally published by the National Nanomanufacturing Network’s "InterNano" project (www.internano.com).  It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported. A recent study published in the well-known medical journal, the European Respiratory Journal, has been receiving significant publicity as the authors have claimed their findings support an apparent linkage between workplace exposures … Continue Reading
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