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White House Issues Nanotechnology EHS Policy Statement

One June 9, the President’s Office of Budget and Management, United States Trade Representative, and Office of Science and Technology Policy issued a joint memorandum directed to all Executive branch departments and agencies entitled "Policy Principles for the U.S. Decision-Making Concerning Regulation and Oversight of Applications ofNanotechnology and Nanomaterials." The Policy Statement is important because it … Continue Reading

Request for Public Comments on the 2010 NNI Strategic Plan

Monday’s Federal Register carried a notice from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Nanoscience, Engineering and Technology Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council inviting the public to comment on the 2010 National Nanotechnology Initiative Strategic Plan. The NNI Strategic Plan  is the framework that underpins the nanotechnology work of the … Continue Reading

NIST Call for White Papers

Late last week, the National Institute for Standards and Technologies (NIST) issued a call for white papers “to support, promote, and accelerate innovation in the United States through high-risk, high-reward research in areas of critical national need."  The call was issued through NIST’s Technology Innovation Program (TIP), and covers a multitude of areas seeking coverage, including … Continue Reading

Nanotechnology Blueprint for the Next President

J. Clarence Davies, formerly of the Environmental Protection Agency, has written and released a nanotechnology policy "roadmap" for the next White House Administration.  The 28-page document outlines the immediate and long-term issues present with nanotechnology regulation and oversight. Published by the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, the report focuses on use of existing laws and regulations, … Continue Reading

Innovative Regulatory Approaches

It has been a little over a year since the American Bar Association published its "Innovative Regulatory Approaches” to Nanotechnology discussion paper in June 2006.  During the intervening  period, EPA published its White Paper and its TSCA voluntary framework.  Both provide some general idea of where EPA is heading with environmental regulation, and in this … Continue Reading