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NEW SCENIHR OPINION: RISK ASSESSMENT OF PRODUCTS OF NANOTECHNOLOGIES
Feb 20, 2009 at 04:41 PM

The Commission’s independent Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) recently published its opinion on the most recent developments in the risk assessment of nanomaterials. The opinion builds on and confirms earlier ones published in 2006 and 2007. In this latest opinion, SCENIHR indicates that methodologies to assess exposure to manufactured nanomaterials to humans and the environment and the identification of potential hazards require further development. For lack of a general approach, SCENIHR maintains its earlier recommendation to perform risk assessment case-by-case for each nanomaterial.

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Download a copy of the SCENIHR Opinion of 19 January 2009


FRAMINGNANO MAPPING STUDY ON REGULATION AND GOVERNANCE OF NANOTECHNOLOGIES
Feb 17, 2009 at 10:05 AM

A detailed study providing a picture of the recent development regarding regulation and governance of Nanoscience & Nanotechnologies in Europe and worldwide, identifying relevant N&N stakeholders organisations and making an assessment of these information has been published in January 2009 by the FP7 FramingNano project.

The report gives an insight on the international debate on risks and concerns related to nanotechnologies (EHS issues and ELSI), and provides an ample overview of the different regulatory approaches proposed or already developed to deal with these issues, in particular:

government and regulatory agencies initatives and policies on nanotechnology regulation;
national/international bodies and authorities involved
standardization activities
stakeholders’ voluntary measures
Finally, initiatives and positions on these issues of different kind of stakeholders (businesses, researchers, civil society organisations) are presented, reporting the position of more than 25 organisations and social groups worldwide.

All stakeholders are invited to participate in the debate on nanoregulation and governance and to complete the FramingNano Delphi Questionnaire.

Download a free copy of the Report .


CANADA SET TO BECOME FIRST COUNTRY TO REQUIRE ENGINEERED NANOMATERIAL REPORTING
Feb 09, 2009 at 12:34 PM

Canada is set to launch the world’s first compulsory engineered nanomaterial reporting scheme. Starting in February 2009, companies and other organizations manufacturing or importing more than 1kg of such a nanomaterial during the 2008 calendar year will be requested to provide information relating to its use. The information gathered will be used to evaluate the risks of engineered nanomaterials as well as safety measures to protect health and environment, and will also be used in the development of a future regulatory framework.

The Canadian initiative comes shortly after the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an interim report noting the lack of industrial data available on nanoscale materials and considering the use of the US Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to gather more risk data.

Source: SafeNano


AUSTRALIA PUBLISHES ANNUAL REPORT ON NANOTECHNOLOGY
Feb 09, 2009 at 11:55 AM

The Australian Office of Nanotechnology published its annual report for the Australian National Nanotechnology Strategy at the end of January 2009. The report provides an overview of Australia’s activities in nanotechnology as part of the government’s commitment to transparency, open government and public engagement.

A copy of the report is available at the Australian Office of Nanotechnology website.


FRAMINGNANO DELPHI QUESTIONNAIRE ONLINE
Feb 04, 2009 at 04:27 PM

A two-part Delphi study is a key element of FramingNano. It forms the backbone of the entire project and comprises the core of the dialogue process. The most important aim of the Delphi study to is to gather stakeholders’ views and expectations in relation to environmental, health and safety (EHS) issues and to ethical, legal, and social issues (ELSI) related to nanotechnology.

The outcomes of the Delphi study will form a vital input to the deliberative process and the subsequent development of governance and regulatory proposals.

Complete the Delphi questionnaire now and contribute towards the development of a European governance framework for the responsible development of nanoscience and nanotechnology.


NEW REPORT EXAMINES SOCIAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES OF NANOTECHNOLOGY
Feb 05, 2009 at 05:16 PM

A new report, authored by Professor Ronald Sandler of NorthWestern University in the US and funded by the US National Science Foundation and The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, examines how social and ethical issues related to nanotechnology intersect with government responsibilities and functions, technology policy, funding, regulation and public engagement.

Report available online at The Project for Emerging Nanotechnologies


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