An overview of regulatory solutions worldwide on the use of nanotechnology in food and feed production shows a differing approach: only the EU and Switzerland have nano-specific provisions incorporated in existing legislation, whereas other countries count on non-legally binding guidance and standards for industry. Collaboration among countries across the globe is required to share information and ensure protection for people and the environment, according to a JRC co-authored paper.
As engineered nanomaterials increasingly find their way into commercial products, researchers who study the potential environmental or health impacts of those materials face a growing challenge to accurately measure and characterize them. These challenges affect measurements of basic chemical and physical properties as well as toxicology assessments.
Considered by some to be the next frontier of global economic development, nanotechnology has the potential to revolutionize industries like healthcare, information technology and energy systems. However, the promise of nanotechnology is tethered to unique environmental, health and safety (EH&S) issues that are not yet fully understood.
As an embodiment of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s public-private partnership model for innovation and economic development, the Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) at SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) today announced a continued and expanded collaboration with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), which will further expand the CNSE-NIOSH Partnership to Advance Research and Guidance for Occupational Safety and Health in Nanoelectronics.
The use of new nanomaterials in tyre production could help foster the sustainability of the tyre industry and reduce the environmental impact of vehicles, if the potential environmental, health and safety risks of the technology are managed carefully, according to the new OECD report Nanotechnology and Tyres: Greening Industry and Transport.
The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) released today a Progress Review on the Coordinated Implementation of the National Nanotechnology Initiative 2011 Environmental, Health, and Safety Research Strategy, a document that demonstrates the wide range of research activities, accomplishments, and collaborations of Federal agencies working toward the responsible development of nanotechnology.
The newly merged SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) / SUNY Institute of Technology (SUNYIT) institution announced today that in partnership with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), its cutting-edge nanomaterials-based environmental health and safety (EHS) research has contributed to the recently released NIOSH report, “The State of the National Initiative on Prevention Through Design.”
The EU NanoSafety Cluster WG4 (Database) announces immediate availability of an online NanoSafety Database Survey https://tinyurl.com/wg4dbSurvey
Three stakeholder groups agree that regulators are not adequately prepared to manage the risks posed by nanotechnology, according to a paper published in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS One. In a survey of nano-scientists and engineers, nano-environmental health and safety scientists, and regulators, researchers at the UCSB Center for Nanotechnology in Society (CNS) and at the University of British Columbia found that those who perceive the risks posed by nanotechnology as "novel" are more likely to believe that regulators are unprepared.
As the development and use of nanotechnologies grows, aspects of nanosafety are becoming increasingly important, and the ability to measure and characterize nanoparticles is essential to improved understanding and contro...
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