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EC Requests Scientific Opinion on Two Coatings for Titanium Dioxide (Nano Form) as a UV-Filter in Dermally Applied Cosmetic...

The Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) announced on March 20, 2018, that the European Commission (EC) requested a scientific opinion on two coatings for titanium dioxide (nano form) (methicone and perfluorooctyl...more

EC Committee’s Preliminary Opinion on Colloidal Silver (Nano) Available for Comment

The European Commission (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) announced on March 20, 2018, that its preliminary opinion on colloidal silver (nano) is available for comment. According to the preliminary opinion,...more

New ECHA Website Includes Information on Nanomaterials

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced on March 15, 2018, a new website, “Chemicals in our life.” The website is available in 23 European Union (EU) languages and “provides useful information on the benefits and...more

3/20/2018  /  Chemicals , ECHA , EU , Nanomaterials

NIOSH Draft NORA for Respiratory Health Recommends Preventing Dust-Induced Lung Diseases, Including Those Associated with...

On March 15, 2018, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced the availability of the draft National Occupational Research Agenda for Respiratory Health for public comment. The National...more

Industry Coalition Sends Letter On Farm Bill To Congressional Agricultural Committee

On March 6, 2018, a coalition of over 200 companies and trade associations sent a letter to the Agricultural Committee leaders in the House and Senate urging the reauthorization of and stable mandatory funding for the energy...more

European Waste Legislation Supports Use Of Bioplastics

On February 23, 2018, European Union (EU) ambassadors reached provisional agreements on the waste legislative package published by the European Commission in 2015. The four legislative proposals include amendments to the:...more

NIFA Issues 2017 Annual Report

On February 27, 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) published its 2017 Annual Report: User Inspired Science Transforming Lives. The report provides an overview...more

3/16/2018  /  Bioenergy , Bioproducts , USDA

RFS Reform Bills Introduced In Congress

On March 8, 2018, Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) introduced companion legislation (S. 2519, H.R. 5212) in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, respectively, to reform the...more

NIOSH Publishes Poster Regarding Controlling Health Hazards When Working with Nanomaterials

As reported in our March 13, 2018, blog item, on March 9, 2018, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published three documents in its Workplace Design Solutions series that address nanomaterials. ...more

NIOSH Publishes Workplace Design Solutions Addressing Nanomaterials

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) began its Prevention through Design (PtD) initiative in 2007. NIOSH states that its mission is to reduce or prevent occupational injuries, illnesses, and...more

EC Review of REACH Examines How REACH Addresses Nanomaterials

On March 5, 2018, the European Commission (EC) announced the availability of a Communication to the European Parliament (EP), the Council of the European Union (EU), and the European Economic and Social Committee on the...more

3/13/2018  /  ECHA , EU , European Commission , Nanomaterials , REACH

EPA Issued Proposed Rule to Add Hazardous Waste Aerosol Cans to Universal Wastes Regulated under RCRA

On March 6, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed rule (pre-publication version available here) to add hazardous waste aerosol cans to the category of universal wastes regulated under the...more

DOE Awards $10.6 Million In Funding For Bioenergy Crop Research

On February 25, 2018, the University of Illinois announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded a $10.6 million grant for the Renewable Oil Generated with Ultra-productive Energycane (ROGUE) project. The project...more

Grow Bioplastics Receives SBIR Grant For Lignin-Based Plastic

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Grow Bioplastics, a University of Tennessee student start-up, a $225,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant. The funding will support research and development on new...more

European Commission Approves €4.7 Billion Support Scheme For Advanced Biofuels

On March 1, 2018, the European Commission announced the approval of a €4.7 billion Italian support scheme for the production and distribution of advanced biofuels, including advanced biomethane, for use in the transport...more

CPSC Will Hold Public Hearing on Agenda and Priorities for FYs 2019-2020

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a Federal Register notice on March 1, 2018, announcing that it will hold a public hearing on April 11, 2018, to receive comments about CPSC’s agenda and priorities...more

EC Committee Begins Public Consultation on Certain Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer and Sodium Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer

On March 2, 2018, the European Commission (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) began a public consultation on its preliminary opinion on certain styrene/acrylates copolymer (nano) and sodium styrene/acrylates...more

Switzerland Adopts Disclosure Requirements for Synthetic Nanomaterials in Fibrous or Tubular Form

On March 1, 2018, amendments to Switzerland’s Chemicals Ordinance took effect. The amendments, adopted by the Federal Council on January 31, 2018, include new disclosure requirements for synthetic nanomaterials of fibrous or...more

EUON Issues Call for Study Topics on Nanomaterials

On February 26, 2018, the European Union (EU) Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON) issued a call for study topics on nanomaterials. EUON states that it intends to conduct up to three studies annually to address knowledge...more

2/28/2018  /  EU , Nanomaterials , Nanotechnology

EPA Intends to Conduct Nanoparticle Research over Next Five Years

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget proposal on February 12, 2018. According to EPA’s press release, the proposed budget will provide $6.146 billion to support EPA’s new...more

2/27/2018  /  EPA , Nanomaterials

ANSI Nanotechnology Standards Panel Will Consider Graphene-Related Topics

On March 20, 2018, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Nanotechnology Standards Panel (ANSI-NSP) will meet at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. The focus of the meeting will be to consider...more

2/26/2018  /  ANSI , Nanotechnology , USDA

CPSC Will Continue to Use Agency Collaborations to Focus on the Environmental Health and Safety of Nanomaterials

On February 12, 2018, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) posted its Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Performance Report. According to the Report, in fiscal year (FY) 2017, CPSC exceeded its target of five...more

JRC Opens Call to Access JRC Nanobiotechnology Laboratory

The European Commission (EC) Joint Research Center (JRC) has opened a call to access its Nanobiotechnology Laboratory. The Nanobiotechnology Laboratory features state-of-the-art equipped facilities designed to foster...more

French NGO Claims Many Manufacturers Fail to Comply with Nano Labeling Requirement

UFC-Que Choisir, a French non-governmental organization (NGO), announced on January 23, 2018, that it filed complaints against nine manufacturers of food and cosmetic products for failure to comply with the requirement to...more

2/14/2018  /  France , Labeling , Nanomaterials , NGOs

NIA Will Hold Webinar on Nanomedicine: Diagnostics and Therapeutics Advancing through Nanotechnology

On March 7, 2018, the Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) will hold a webinar on “Nanomedicine: Diagnostics and therapeutics advancing through nanotechnology.” The webinar will focus on the diagnostic and...more

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