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News & Alerts

Swedish Chemical Agency recommends precautionary Measures for Nanotechnology
The Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI) published a report entitled with the question Nanotechnology – high risks with small particles? The report is described as ‘A compilation of available knowledge concerning risks for health and environment from nanotechnology, and proposals on measures for how to fill the identified knowledge gaps'
NIA clarifies: Study on Carbon Nanotubes doesn’t mean that Workers or Consumers are at Risk
Following the publication of a study suggesting that multi-walled carbon nanotubes follow a ‘fibre paradigm’, Matthew Dalton investigates for The Wall Street Journal how nanotechnology will be regulated under REACH, the new European chemical legislation that comes into force on 1 June 2008
Scientists support Industries' Safety Claims
The nanotechnology industries remain assured by their occupational and product safety measures throughout the heated debate surrounding the publication of a toxicology study suggesting that multi-walled carbon nanotubes follow a ‘fibre paradigm’ observed - amongst in other fibres - in asbestos
Carbon Nanotube News travels fast
The publication of a toxicology study entitled Carbon nanotubes introduced into the abdominal cavity of mice show asbestos like pathogenicity in a pilot study by Nature Nanotechnology Advanced Online Publications has received widespread media attention
US Coalition of NGOs petition EPA to regulate Silver Nanoparticles
A coalition of consumer protection, health and environmental groups have filed a legal petition with the US EPA demanding the agency halt the sale of consumer products containing silver nanoparticles. Silver nanoparticles are incorporated in an increasing number of consumer products due to their antimicrobial properties
Positive effect of Nanosilver might be overshadowed by environmental Concerns
Researchers from the University of Missouri have raised concerns about a potential increase of anti-microbial silver particles in waste water: ‘Because of the increasing use of silver nanoparticles in consumer products, the risk that this material will be released into sewage lines, wastewater treatment facilities, and, eventually, to rivers,...
NIA receives RAEng grant to enhance Engineers’ Public Engagement Skills
The NIA has been granted GBP 35,000 to develop and conduct an Advanced Workshop Course in Public Communication and Applied Ethics for Nanotechnologists. The grant was awarded by the UK Royal Academy of Engineering’s Ingenious Programme
Leeching Experiments prove variable Quality of anti-Odour Socks
Researchers form Arizona State University recommended better standards for products containing silver nanoparticles, since simple leeching experiments in distilled water had shown that some anti-odour socks allegedly impregnated with silver nanoparticles rapidly released their silver content, while others caused no release at all
Toxicology Study suggests de-Warning for Carbon Nanotubes
A paper entitled A pilot toxicology study of single-walled carbon nanotubes in a small sample of mice. The paper describes a research study which aimed to examine ‘the acute and chronic toxicity of functionalized SWCNTs when injected into the bloodstream of mice’ and found that ‘survival, clinical and laboratory parameters reveal no evidence of...
Technology Company fined for ‘Nano-Coating’ Pesticide Claims
The US Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has fined a Southern California technology company USD 208,000 for 'nano coating' pesticide claims on computer peripherals. According to the EPA, IOGEAR made unverified claims that coating on keyboard and mouse accessories would eliminate pathogens and kill bacteria
EC proposes new Cosmetics Regulation
The European Commission has published a proposal which aims to simplify the European law on cosmetics by strengthening product safety while reducing costs for businesses. According to the press release,‘requirements for product safety assessments are clarified and simplified notification rules for new cosmetics cut administrative costs for...
US EPA launches Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program
The US EPA has released the final design of its Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program under the TSCA
Don't expect Miracle Treatments
The Royal Society of Chemistry’s online edition of Chemistry World today announced the partnership between scientists at UCLA and the private investment firm NanoPacific Holdings; the partnership will develop and market 'nanomachines' to treat cancer, explaining that ‘the first treatments could be ready for clinical trials in as little as three...
Controversies surround Ban of Nanoparticles
As of January 2008 the UK-based Soil Association has banned the use of man-made nanomaterials from all Soil Association certified organic products. According to a press release by the Soil Association, ‘this [ban] applies particularly to health and beauty products, but also to food and textiles
NIA warns: Consumers will be confused by Nanoparticle Ban
The NIA criticised the Soil Association’s decision to ban nanoparticles from products that are to be certified with the Soil Association’s ‘organic’ label. In its press release, the Soil Association quotes old and unreliable sources, and quotes other sources out of context
NIA contributes to a Study of the UK Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution
Today the NIA gave invited evidence to a study of the RCEP (Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution) during a seminar entitled Novel Materials and Applications: How do we manage the emergence of new technologies in democratic society?
World Economic Forum identifies Nanotechnologies as ‘core global Risk’
In this year’s annual report, entitled Global Risks 2008 - A Global Risk Network Report, the Global Risk Network again mentions nanotechnology in its list of ‘Core Global Risk
Summary of Australian voluntary Reporting Scheme of commercial Nanomaterials
The Australian Department of Health and Ageing published a summary of the National Industrial Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) on nanomaterials. The call for information was directed to all persons who manufactured or imported nanomaterials or products (mixtures) containing nanomaterials for industrial uses during 2005 and 2006
NIA response to the release of the Second UK Government Research Report
Dr Steffi Friedrichs, Director of the Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA), comments on the Government’s second research report on manufactured nanomaterials
OECD launches Sponsorship Programme to test a Representative Set of Nanomaterials
The OECD today announced the launch of a sponsorship programme to test nanomaterials of commercial importance. According to the press release, ‘OECD member countries, as well as some non-member economies and other stakeholders, are pooling expertise and funding to test the human health and environmental safety effects of a number of nanomaterials’