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Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

August 29th, 2014
NIOSH Scientist Appointed Convener of International Nanotechnology Working Group
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced in its September 5, 2014, eNews that an international committee unanimously selected Dr. Vladimir Murashov, special assistant for nanotechnology to the NIOSH Director, "to lead an international working group on the health, safety, and environmental aspects of nanotechnologies." Read the Whole Article


August 26th, 2014
Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority Will Hold Nanotechnology Regulation Symposium
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) will host a nanotechnology regulation symposium on October 28, 2014. Read the Whole Article


August 7th, 2014
Workshop on "Sensor Fabrication, Integration, And Commercialization" Will be Held in September
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, on behalf of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology Subcommittee of the Committee on Technology, National Science and Technology Council, will hold a workshop entitled "Sensor Fabrication, Integration, and Commercialization" on September 11-12, 2014. Read the Whole Article


July 30th, 2014
OSTP and NEC Seek Comments to Update Strategy for American Innovation
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On July 29, 2014, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the National Economic Council (NEC) published a Federal Register notice requesting public comments to provide input for an upcoming update of the Strategy for American Innovation. Read the Whole Article


July 28th, 2014
OECD Posts Report on Nanotechnology and Tire Industry
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On July 24, 2014, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) posted a report entitled Nanotechnology and Tyres: Greening Industry and Transport, which provides a risk management framework to enable site-specific or company-specific risk assessments or risk management strategies for using nanomaterials as additives in tires. Read the Whole Article


July 22nd, 2014
NNCO Will Hold Webinar on 2011 EHS Research Strategy Progress Review
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On July 31, 2014, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) will hold a public webinar to provide a forum to answer questions related to the federal government's "Progress Review on the Coordinated Implementation of the National Nanotechnology Initiative 2011 Environmental, Health, and Safety Research Strategy." Read the Whole Article


July 21st, 2014
EC and SCENIHR Begin Public Consultation on Preliminary Opinion on Guidance on the Determination of Potential Health Effects of Nanomaterials Used in Medical Devices
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The European Commission (EC) and the Scientific Committee on Emerging Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) have begun a public consultation on the preliminary opinion concerning "Guidance on the Determination of Potential Health Effects of Nanomaterials Used in Medical Devices." Read the Whole Article


July 17th, 2014
OECD Publishes Report of Expert Meeting on Physical Chemical Properties of Manufactured Nanomaterials and Test Guidelines
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On July 15, 2014, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) posted the July 2014 Report of the OECD Expert Meeting on the Physical Chemical Properties of Manufactured Nanomaterials and Test Guidelines. Read the Whole Article


July 10th, 2014
EC Posts Meeting Materials from Validation Workshop on Transparency Measures for Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The European Commission (EC) has posted materials from its June 30, 2014, validation workshop to discuss the preliminary results of the study supporting the impact assessment on transparency measures for nanomaterials. Read the Whole Article


July 9th, 2014
Canada Endorses OECD Recommendation on Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The Summer 2014 issue of Canada's Chemicals Management Plan Progress Report includes an item concerning nanomaterials. Read the Whole Article


July 8th, 2014
EPA Promulgates SNURs for Two CNT Substances
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On July 8, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated significant new use rules (SNUR) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for 13 chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMN). Read the Whole Article


July 2nd, 2014
EC Posts Draft Reports for Impact Assessment on Transparency Measures for Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On June 30, 2014, the European Commission (EC) held a validation workshop to discuss the preliminary results of the study supporting the impact assessment on transparency measures for nanomaterials. Read the Whole Article


June 30th, 2014
NNI Publishes Progress Review of 2011 EHS Research Strategy
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On June 25, 2014, the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) posted Progress Review on the Coordinated Implementation of the National Nanotechnology Initiative 2011 Environmental, Health, and Safety Research Strategy, which provides an overview of progress on the implementation and coordination of the 2011 NNI Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Research Strategy that was developed by the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology Subcommittee's Nanotechnology Environmental and Health Implications (NEHI) Working Group. Read the Whole Article


June 24th, 2014
FDA Issues Final and Draft Nanotechnology Guidances
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On June 24, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued three final guidances and one draft guidance that it intends to provide "greater regulatory clarity for industry on the use of nanotechnology in FDA-regulated products." Read the Whole Article


June 20th, 2014
NICEATM Seeks Alternative Methods for Acute Inhalation Toxicity
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The National Toxicology Program (NTP) Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods (NICEATM) published a Federal Register notice on June 19, 2014, requesting available data and information on devices and/or technologies currently used for identifying potential inhalation hazards. Read the Whole Article


June 18th, 2014
Denmark Order on Nano Products Register Enters Into Force
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On June 18, 2014, Denmark's order concerning a nano products register entered into force. Read the Whole Article


June 17th, 2014
EC Committee Publishes Final Opinion on Nanosilver
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On June 13, 2014, the European Commission (EC) Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) published its final opinion on "Nanosilver: safety, health and environmental effects and role in antimicrobial resistance." Read the Whole Article


June 9th, 2014
NIOSH Releases The State of the National Initiative on Prevention through Design
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

Last month, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) released a report entitled The State of the National Initiative on Prevention through Design, which provides an overview of the progress and accomplishments of the Prevention through Design (PtD) initiative. Read the Whole Article


June 5th, 2014
Notice Concerning Nanoscale Materials Remains in EPA's Regulatory Agenda
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On May 23, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted its 2014 Regulatory Agenda, which still includes RIN 2070-AJ54, "Nanoscale Materials; Chemical Substances When Manufactured, Imported, or Processed as Nanoscale Materials; Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements; Significant New Use Rule." Read the Whole Article


May 30th, 2014
ANSES Calls for a Stronger Regulatory Framework for Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES) published on May 15, 2014, a review of the available literature on health and environmental issues relating to manufactured nanomaterials. Read the Whole Article


May 21st, 2014
EC JRC Report Discusses Labeling and Reporting Schemes for Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On May 19, 2014, the European Commission (EC) Joint Research Center (JRC) announced the availability of a report discussing labeling and reporting schemes for nanomaterials in consumer products in the European Union (EU). Read the Whole Article


May 19th, 2014
EC Begins Public Consultation on Transparency Measures for Nanomaterials on the Market
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

As part of the Communication on the Second Regulatory Review on Nanomaterials, the European Commission (EC) announced the launch of an impact assessment intended to identify and develop the most adequate means to increase transparency and ensure regulatory oversight on nanomaterials. Read the Whole Article


May 14th, 2014
House Subcommittee Will Hold Hearing on Nanotechnology: From Laboratories to Commercial Products
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Technology will hold a hearing on May 20, 2014, on "Nanotechnology: From Laboratories to Commercial Products." Read the Whole Article


May 12th, 2014
IARC Advisory Group Recommends Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes as High Priority
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

An International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Advisory Group met on April 7-9, 2014, to recommend priorities for IARC Monographs during 2015-2019. Read the Whole Article


May 7th, 2014
ECHA Biocidal Products Committee Issues Opinion on HeiQ AGS-20
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Biocidal Products Committee (BPC) adopted an opinion on April 10, 2014, concerning HeiQ AGS-20 (AGS-20). Read the Whole Article


April 16th, 2014
ECHA Planning Workshop on Regulatory Challenges in the Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) will hold a topical scientific workshop on October 23-24, 2014, on regulatory challenges in the risk assessment of nanomaterials. Read the Whole Article


April 11th, 2014
EPA Awards Grant to Study the Life Cycle of Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded a $5 million, four-year grant to investigators led by Arizona State University to study the life cycle of nanomaterials. Read the Whole Article


April 10th, 2014
European NGOs Publish Position Paper on the Regulation of Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

Earlier this month, the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and its European partners published a position paper on the regulation of nanomaterials at a meeting of the European Union (EU) competent authorities. Read the Whole Article


April 7th, 2014
USDA and NNI Will Hold Workshop on Commercialization of Cellulose Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) will hold a May 20-21, 2014, workshop entitled "Cellulose Nanomaterial -- A Path Towards Commercialization." Read the Whole Article


March 28th, 2014
ECHA Report Includes Recommendations for Exposure Assessment and Risk Characterization of Nanomaterials under REACH
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On March 26, 2014, SAFENANO announced that the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published a report entitled Human health and environmental exposure assessment and risk characterisation of nanomaterials: Best practice for REACH registrants. Read the Whole Article


March 26th, 2014
NNI Publishes Supplement to President's 2015 Budget
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On March 25, 2014, the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) published a supplement to President Obama's 2015 budget request submitted to Congress on March 4, 2014. Read the Whole Article


March 20th, 2014
America Competes Reauthorization Act Would Reauthorize NNI
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On March 6, 2014, Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Ranking Member of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, introduced the America Competes Reauthorization Act of 2014 (H.R. 4159). Read the Whole Article


March 19th, 2014
EU NanoSafety Cluster Begins Database Survey
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The European Union (EU) NanoSafety Cluster announced on March 18, 2014, the availability of an online nanosafety database survey. Read the Whole Article


March 17th, 2014
Germany Releases Study Assessing Impacts of European Register of Products Containing Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

Earlier this month, the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) issued a report entitled Assessment of Impacts of a European Register of Products Containing Nanomaterials, which was intended to analyze the impacts of a European register of products containing nanomaterials (ENPR). Read the Whole Article


March 13th, 2014
NSF Announces Availability of Market Report on Emerging Nanotechnology
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On February 25, 2014, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced the results of an NSF and National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO)-funded independent study that identifies more than $1 trillion in global revenue from nano-enabled products in 2013. Read the Whole Article


March 12th, 2014
European Parliament Objects to European Commission's Definition of Engineered Nanomaterials in Food
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The European Parliament (EP) passed a resolution on March 12, 2014, that objects to the European Commission's (EC) proposed regulation that would define "engineered nanomaterials" in food. Read the Whole Article


March 7th, 2014
OECD Issues Expert Meeting Report on Ecotoxicology and Environmental Fate of Manufactured Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On March 7, 2014, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) posted a report entitled Ecotoxicology and Environmental Fate of Manufactured Nanomaterials: Test Guidelines, which provides a report of the discussion and recommendations from the January 2013 expert meeting on ecotoxicology and environmental fate. Read the Whole Article


March 3rd, 2014
NNCO Releases 2014 NNI Strategic Plan
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On February 28, 2014, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) announced the release of the 2014 National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) Strategic Plan. Read the Whole Article


February 19th, 2014
EP Committee Rejects Regulation Concerning Definition of Engineered Nanomaterials in Food
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On February 12, 2014, the European Parliament (EP) Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety rejected a proposed regulation that would define "engineered nanomaterials" in food. Read the Whole Article


February 14th, 2014
EC Scientific Committee Calls for Information on Nano Silica
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The European Commission (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) has opened a call for information for a scientific opinion on the safety of silica (nano). Read the Whole Article


February 13th, 2014
Belgium Creates Register of Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On February 7, 2014, Belgium announced that the Council of Ministers agreed on the royal decree concerning the marketing of substances containing nanomaterials. Read the Whole Article


February 12th, 2014
EPA Promulgates Final SNURs for Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes and Infused Carbon Nanostructures
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On February 12, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued, through a direct final rule, significant new use rules (SNUR) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for 35 chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMN). Read the Whole Article


February 7th, 2014
German Federal Environment Agency Supports Creation of EU Register of Products Containing Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) has posted an English translation of a 2012 document entitled Concept for a European Register of Products Containing Nanomaterials. Read the Whole Article


January 30th, 2014
German FAQs Regarding the Safety of Cosmetics Address Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On January 27, 2014, the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) posted frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding the risk assessment of cosmetic products. Read the Whole Article


January 17th, 2014
ISO Publishes Report on Development of Nomenclature for Naming Nano-Objects
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published on January 6, 2014, a report entitled Nanotechnologies -- Considerations for the development of chemical nomenclature for selected nano-objects (ISO/TR 14786:2014), which is intended to provide information and analyses in support of the development of chemical nomenclature for the naming of "nano-objects." Read the Whole Article


January 14th, 2014
EC Proposal Would Require Novel Food Authorization for Engineered Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On December 18, 2013, the European Commission (EC) adopted three draft proposals on animal cloning and novel food. Read the Whole Article


January 10th, 2014
Journal of Nanoparticle Research Publishes Article Describing Occupational Safety and Health Criteria for Responsible Development of Nanotechnology
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On December 7, 2013, the Journal of Nanoparticle Research published online an article entitled "Occupational safety and health criteria for responsible development of nanotechnology." Read the Whole Article


December 31st, 2013
EC Scientific Committee Memorandum on Relevance, Adequacy, and Quality of Data in Safety Dossiers on Nanomaterials Available for Comment
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The European Commission (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) "Memorandum on Relevance, Adequacy, and Quality of Data in Safety Dossiers on Nanomaterials" is available for comment. Read the Whole Article


December 24th, 2013
IARC Releases More Information Regarding Review of Some Nanomaterials and Some Fibres"
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

IARC has posted additional information concerning IARC Monographs Volume 111, "Some Nanomaterials and Some Fibres." Read the Whole Article


December 20th, 2013
NIOSH Publishes Nanotechnology Research and Guidance Strategic Plan
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On December 20, 2013, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a document entitled Protecting the Nanotechnology Workforce: NIOSH Nanotechnology Research and Guidance Strategic Plan, 2013-2016. Read the Whole Article


December 20th, 2013
EU Amends Food Labeling Regulation Concerning Definition of Engineered Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The December 19, 2013, Office Journal of the European Union includes an amendment to Regulation 1169/2011 concerning the provision of food information to consumers as regards the definition of engineered nanomaterials. Read the Whole Article


December 19th, 2013
EC Committee's Preliminary Opinion on Nanosilver Available for Comment
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On December 13, 2013, the European Commission (EC) Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) released its preliminary opinion on "Nanosilver: safety, health and environmental effects and role in antimicrobial resistance." Read the Whole Article


December 13th, 2013
USDA Announces Public-Private Partnership to Advance Commercial Potential of Cellulosic Nanomaterial from Wood
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On December 11, 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a three-year public-private partnership intended to advance rapidly "the development of the first U.S. commercial facility producing cellulosic nanomaterial, a wood fiber broken down to the nanoscale." Read the Whole Article


December 10th, 2013
ISO Publishes Guidance on Voluntary Labeling for Consumer Products Containing Manufactured Nano-Objects
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published Technical Specification (TS) 13830:2013, "Nanotechnologies -- Guidance on voluntary labelling for consumer products containing manufactured nano-objects." Read the Whole Article


December 9th, 2013
Germany Publishes Results of Research Project on the Perception of Nanotechnology
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) announced on November 27, 2013, that it completed NanoView, a research project on the perception of nanotechnology by the German population and media. Read the Whole Article


December 6th, 2013
France Assesses Mandatory Reporting of Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On November 29, 2013, the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy published an initial assessment, available only in French, of the mandatory reporting of nanomaterials, which took effect January 1, 2013. Read the Whole Article


December 2nd, 2013
IARC Will Review "Some Nanomaterials and Some Fibres" in 2014
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On November 28, 2013, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced that the Working Group for IARC Monographs Volume 111, "Some Nanomaterials and Some Fibres," will meet September 30 to October 7, 2014. IARC states that "[d]etails will follow shortly." Read the Whole Article


November 26th, 2013
A&WMA Will Hold Webinar on Nanoscale EHS: Environmental Health and Safety Essentials Every Practitioner Is Obligated to Know
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On December 10, 2013, the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) will hold a webinar entitled "Nanoscale EHS: Environmental Health and Safety Essentials Every Practitioner Is Obligated to Know." Read the Whole Article


November 21st, 2013
Switzerland Updates Precautionary Matrix for Synthetic Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

In November 2013, Switzerland's Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) updated its precautionary matrix for synthetic nanomaterials, which industry can use to assess nano-specific health and environmental risks of nanoproducts. Read the Whole Article


November 19th, 2013
Draft NNI Strategic Plan Released for Public Comment
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On November 19, 2013, the National Science and Technology Council, Committee on Technology, and Subcommittee on Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology requested public comments on the draft 2014 National Nanotechnology Initiative Strategic Plan. Read the Whole Article


November 18th, 2013
Finnish Institute of Occupational Health Releases Report on MWCNTs
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health released a report in October 2013 entitled Evaluation of the health effects of carbon nanotubes. Read the Whole Article


November 15th, 2013
Japan Announces Voluntary Guidance on Measuring Airborne Carbon Nanotubes in Workplaces
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) announced in October 2013 a voluntary guidance document on measuring airborne carbon nanotubes (CNT) in workplaces. Read the Whole Article


November 12th, 2013
A&WMA Seeks Authors, Presenters, and Panelists for June 2014 Conference
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) is currently seeking authors, presenters, and panelists for its 107th Annual Conference and Exhibition, which will be held June 24-27, 2014, in Long Beach, California. Read the Whole Article


November 11th, 2013
NIOSH Issues New Recommendations to Control Worker Exposure to Engineered Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On November 8, 2013, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a report entitled Current Strategies for Engineering Controls in Nanomaterial Production and Downstream Handling Processes, which identifies and describes strategies for the engineering control of worker exposure during the production or use of engineered nanomaterials. Read the Whole Article


November 8th, 2013
Court Vacates and Remands EPA's Conditional Registration of HeiQ's Nanosilver Products
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On November 7, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit granted in part and denied in part the Natural Resources Defense Council's (NRDC) petition for review of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) conditional registration of HeiQ AGS-20 and AGS-20 U (collectively, AGS-20) nanosilver products. Read the Whole Article


November 6th, 2013
WHO Meeting Report States Precautionary Approach Towards Nanomaterials "Seems Desirable"
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently published the report of the December 10-11, 2012, WHO expert meeting entitled Nanotechnology and human health: Scientific evidence and risk governance. Read the Whole Article


October 31st, 2013
Wilson Center Announces Updated Nanotechnology Consumer Products Inventory
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On October 28, 2013, the Wilson Center announced that the updated Nanotechnology Consumer Products Inventory contains 1,628 consumer products that have been introduced to the market since 2005, which is a 24 percent increase since the last update in 2010. Read the Whole Article


October 29th, 2013
FDA Finds Current Regulatory Review Processes Protect Public from Risks of Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) posted a blog item on October 24, 2013, concerning the use of nanotechnology to develop new drugs. Read the Whole Article


October 24th, 2013
Particle and Fibre Toxicology Publishes Article Concerning Workplace Exposure to CNTs
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On October 21, 2013, Particle and Fibre Toxicology posted an article entitled "Carbon nanotube dosimetry: from workplace exposure assessment to inhalation toxicology." Read the Whole Article


October 17th, 2013
Sweden Proposes National Action Plan for Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On October 8, 2013, Sweden issued a report proposing a national action plan for the safe use and management of nanomaterials. Read the Whole Article


October 11th, 2013
PQRI Will Hold Workshop on Nanomaterial Drug Products
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The Product Quality Research Institute (PQRI) will hold a January 14-15, 2014, workshop on "Nanomaterial Drug Products: Current Experience and Management of Potential Risks." Read the Whole Article


October 3rd, 2013
A&WMA Forms Intercommittee Task Force on Nanoscale Science and Engineering
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) recently announced the formation of an Intercommittee Task Force (ITF) on Nanoscale Science and Engineering. Read the Whole Article


October 1st, 2013
EPA Releases Final Comprehensive Environmental Assessment Applied to MWCNTs in Flame-Retardant Coatings in Upholstery Textiles
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted on September 30, 2013, a final report entitled Comprehensive Environmental Assessment Applied to Multiwalled Carbon Nanotube Flame-Retardant Coatings in Upholstery Textiles: A Case Study Presenting Priority Research Gaps for Future Risk Assessments. Read the Whole Article


September 27th, 2013
NICNAS Handbook Includes Appendix on New Chemicals That Are Industrial Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On September 3, 2013, the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) posted an electronic copy of its Handbook for Notifiers, which provides guidance for importers and manufacturers of industrial chemicals in Australia. Read the Whole Article


September 25th, 2013
EC Submits Proposed Nano Food Labeling Regulation to WTO
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On September 11, 2013, the European Commission (EC) submitted to the World Trade Organization (WTO) a proposed regulation amending Regulation 1169/2011 concerning the provision of food information to consumers as regards the definition of engineered nanomaterials (ENM). Read the Whole Article


September 20th, 2013
Nickel Nanoparticles Nominated for Listing in Report on Carcinogens
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On September 20, 2013, the National Toxicology Program (NTP) published a Federal Register notice requesting information on 20 substances, mixtures, and exposure circumstances, including nickel nanoparticles, nominated for possible review for future editions of the Report on Carcinogens (RoC). Read the Whole Article


September 16th, 2013
NNI Posts Report on Symposium on Assessing the Economic Impact of Nanotechnology
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) has posted a report on its March 2012 international "Symposium on Assessing the Economic Impact of Nanotechnology." Read the Whole Article


September 12th, 2013
NRC Releases Report on Advancing Research Agenda for EHS Aspects of Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On September 12, 2013, the National Research Council (NRC) released a report entitled Research Progress on Environmental, Health, and Safety Aspects of Engineered Nanomaterials. Read the Whole Article


September 11th, 2013
OECD Posts Two Reports in Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) posted on September 9, 2013, a final report entitled Co-Operation on Risk Assessment: Prioritisation of Important Issues on Risk Assessment of Manufactured Nanomaterials. Read the Whole Article


September 10th, 2013
CRS Prepares Report on National Nanotechnology Initiative
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) prepared an August 9, 2013, report entitled The National Nanotechnology Initiative: Overview, Reauthorization, and Appropriations Issues. Read the Whole Article


September 4th, 2013
SCCS Extends Deadline for Comments on Opinions
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The European Commission (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) announced on September 4, 2013, that it has extended the deadline for comments on the opinion for titanium dioxide (nano form), addendum to the opinion on zinc oxide (nano form), and revision of the opinion on 2,2'-methylene-bis-(6-(2H-benzotriazol-2-yl)-4-(1,1,3,3-tetramethylbutyl)phenol) nano form. Read the Whole Article


August 29th, 2013
EPA Announces Proposed Decision to Register Nanosilver Pesticide Product
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On August 27, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its proposed decision to register "Nanosilva," a nanosilver-containing antimicrobial pesticide product. Read the Whole Article


August 26th, 2013
Canada Issues SNAc for MWCNTs
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On August 24, 2013, Canada issued a significant new activity (SNAc) notice for multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNCT). Read the Whole Article


August 22nd, 2013
ANSI-NSP Will Hold Free Webinar on New Nanotechnology Standards Database
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The American National Standards Institute Nanotechnology Standards Panel (ANSI-NSP) will hold a free webinar on October 10, 2013, on its new nanotechnology standards database. Read the Whole Article


August 16th, 2013
Particle and Fibre Toxicology Publishes Results of MWCNT Inhalation Study in Mice
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On August 9, 2013, Particle and Fibre Toxicology published a study entitled "Extrapulmonary transport of MWCNT following inhalation exposure." Read the Whole Article


August 9th, 2013
Lynn L. Bergeson Co-Authors Article on Use of Alternative Test Strategies for Nanomaterial Safety Assessment
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

ACS Nano has published an article entitled "A Multi-Stakeholder Perspective on the Use of Alternative Test Strategies for Nanomaterial Safety Assessment," which is co-authored by Lynn L. Bergeson. Read the Whole Article


August 7th, 2013
EPA Promulgates SNURs for Two Carbon Nanotube Substances
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On August 7, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated significant new use rules (SNUR) through a direct final rule for 53 chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMN), including two PMN substances whose reported chemical names include the term "carbon nanotube" (CNT). Read the Whole Article


August 5th, 2013
NNI Will Hold Workshop on Stakeholder Perspectives
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) will hold a September 10-11, 2013, workshop concerning "Stakeholder Perspectives on the Perception, Assessment, and Management of the Potential Risks of Nanotechnology." Read the Whole Article


August 1st, 2013
Particle and Fibre Toxicology Publishes MWCNT Inhalation Study Online
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On July 30, 2013, Particle and Fibre Toxicology published a study entitled "Distribution and fibrotic response following inhalation exposure to multi-walled carbon nanotubes." Read the Whole Article


July 31st, 2013
ITC Seeks Information to Support Investigation of How EU Trade Restrictions Affect Exports of U.S. SMEs
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) published a notice in the July 30, 2013, Federal Register announcing that, following receipt of a letter from the United States Trade Representative (USTR), it instituted investigation No. 332-541, "Trade Barriers that U.S. Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Perceive as Affecting Exports to the European Union." Read the Whole Article


July 29th, 2013
EC Committee Documents on Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide Available for Comment
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On July 26, 2013, the European Commission's (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) posted two documents for comment. Read the Whole Article


July 12th, 2013
Belgium Notifies EC of Draft Decree Creating Nanomaterials Register
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On July 4, 2013, the Belgian Federal Public Service for Health, Food Chain Safety, and Environment notified the European Commission (EC) of a draft decree that would create a register of substances manufactured at the nanoscale based on declarations of products containing such substances by the parties placing these products on the market. Read the Whole Article


July 8th, 2013
EPA Regulatory Agenda Includes Notice Concerning Nanoscale Materials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On July 3, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted its 2013 Regulatory Agenda, which includes the item nanoscale materials. Read the Whole Article


July 2nd, 2013
EPA Promulgates Final SNURs for 17 Chemical Substances, Including Certain Carbon Nanotubes
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated final significant new use rules (SNUR) for 17 chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMN), including for certain carbon nanotubes. Read the Whole Article


June 27th, 2013
NNI Posts FAQs for Small and Medium Businesses
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) posted frequently asked questions (FAQ) for small and medium business and industry. Read the Whole Article


June 26th, 2013
EC Begins Consultation on the REACH Annexes on Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On June 21, 2013, the European Commission (EC) began a consultation on the modification of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation annexes on nanomaterials. Read the Whole Article


June 17th, 2013
OECD Publishes Report on Nanotechnology for Green Innovation
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On June 13, 2013, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's (OECD) Working Party on Nanotechnology (WPN) published the final report Nanotechnology for Green Innovation. Read the Whole Article


June 14th, 2013
European Parliament Calls for Adequate Consumer Protection for Goods Produced Using Nanotechnology
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On June 11, 2013, the European Parliament adopted a "new agenda for European consumer policy." Read the Whole Article


June 10th, 2013
EC Begins Consultation on Occupational Safety and Health Policy Framework
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On May 31, 2013, the European Commission (EC) began a public consultation on the new European Union (EU) occupational safety and health policy framework. Read the Whole Article


June 5th, 2013
ECHA Begins Public Consultation on Multi-Annual Work Program
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) began a public consultation on the draft multi-annual work program for 2014-2018. Read the Whole Article


May 31st, 2013
NNI Publishes Report on RSL Initiatives in Nanotechnology
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On May 17, 2013, the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) published a report on regional, state, and local (RSL) initiatives in nanotechnology. Read the Whole Article


May 29th, 2013
EC Posts Assessment of Consequences of Changing the REACH Requirements for Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

In May 2013, the European Commission (EC) posted a January 2013 report entitled Examination and assessment of consequences for industry, consumers, human health and the environment of possible options for changing the REACH requirements for nanomaterials. Read the Whole Article


May 22nd, 2013
EPA Promulgates SNUR For Functionalized Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On May 9, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated a significant new use rule (SNUR) for premanufacture notice (PMN) substance P-12-44, which is identified as "functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes." Read the Whole Article


May 8th, 2013
IRSST and NanoQuébec Will Fund Research on Worker Exposure to Engineered Nanoparticles
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On April 15, 2013, the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) and NanoQuébec announced they will jointly fund three new research projects on worker exposure to engineered nanoparticles. Read the Whole Article


May 2nd, 2013
Conference Participants Discuss Need for EU Register of Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On April 11-12, 2013, the Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment hosted an invitation-only conference entitled "Building Blocks for Completing EU Regulation of Nanomaterials." Read the Whole Article


April 30th, 2013
EPA Applies Life-Cycle Assessment to Nanoscale Technology
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On April 30, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Design for the Environment (DfE) announced the availability of the final report entitled Application of Life-Cycle Assessment to Nanoscale Technology: Lithium-ion Batteries for Electric Vehicles. Read the Whole Article


April 25th, 2013
NIOSH CIB on Carbon Nanotubes and Nanofibers Includes Lower REL
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On April 24, 2013, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) released Current Intelligence Bulletin 65: Occupational Exposure to Carbon Nanotubes and Nanofibers, which includes a proposed recommended exposure limit (REL) that is significantly lower than that in the 2010 draft. Read the Whole Article


April 23rd, 2013
NRC Identifies Five High Priorities to Improve NNI
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The National Research Council (NRC) announced on April 23, 2013, that its second triennial review of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) identified five "cross-cutting, high-priority areas for focus and improvement for NNI going forward". Read the Whole Article


April 18th, 2013
Swedish Draft Proposal Would Amend REACH to Ensure Safe Handling of Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The Swedish Chemicals Agency (KemI) published an April draft proposal to amend the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation to ensure the safe handling of nanomaterials. Read the Whole Article


April 16th, 2013
TSCA Reform Legislation Would Regulate Special Substance Characteristic
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On April 10, 2013, Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) reintroduced the Safe Chemicals Act (S. 696), which would reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and is identical to legislation (S. 847) reported favorably out of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on a party-line vote in the 112th Congress. Read the Whole Article


April 12th, 2013
Lynn Bergeson Presents at the Fifth Annual Nanotech Commercialization Conference
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On April 10, 2013, Lynn Bergeson participated in a panel discussion on NANO EHS at the Fifth Annual Nanotech Commercialization Conference in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Read the Whole Article


March 29th, 2013
Danish EPA Publishes Proposal for Technical Information Requirements for Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The Danish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published on March 20, 2013, a proposal for technical information requirements for nanomaterials. Read the Whole Article


March 26th, 2013
UK Posts Guidance on Controlling Occupational Exposure to Manufactured Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The United Kingdom's (UK) Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has posted a guidance document describing how to control occupational exposure to manufactured nanomaterials in the workplace. Read the Whole Article


March 19th, 2013
Canada Publishes SNAc for Cobalt Iron Manganese Oxide, Carboxylic Acid-Modified
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The March 16, 2013, Canada Gazette includes a significant new activity (SNAc) notice for cobalt iron manganese oxide, carboxylic acid-modified, which the notice states is not included on the Domestic Substances List (DSL). Read the Whole Article


March 12th, 2013
NIOSH Announces New Findings on Lung Tumor Formation in Laboratory Mice Exposed to Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On March 11, 2013, at the annual meeting of the Society of Toxicology, researchers from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reported preliminary findings from a new laboratory study in which mice were exposed by inhalation to multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT). Read the Whole Article


March 8th, 2013
Switzerland Studies Need for Nano-Specific Regulation
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On February 22, 2013, Empa announced the availability of a study prepared on behalf of Switzerland's Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) entitled Human and Ecotoxicity of Synthetic Nanomaterials: Initial Insights for Major Accident Prevention. Read the Whole Article


March 5th, 2013
EU-OSHA Posts Results of Project on Nano in Furniture
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On March 4, 2013, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) announced the results of a joint project by the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW), the European Furniture Manufacturers Federation (UEA), and the European Furniture Industries Federation (EFIC) on the use of nanomaterials in the European furniture sector. Read the Whole Article


March 4th, 2013
ECHA Announces IUCLID User Manual Updated for Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced on February 28, 2013, that the International Uniform Chemical Information Database (IUCLID) user manual for nanomaterials has been updated. Read the Whole Article


February 27th, 2013
Honda Reintroduces NANO Act
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On January 23, 2013, Representative Mike Honda (D-CA) reintroduced the Nanotechnology Advancement and New Opportunities (NANO) Act (H.R.394). Read the Whole Article


February 22nd, 2013
Lynn L. Bergeson Will Speak at Conference on Scientific Advances Towards Reducing Complexity in Decision Making
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

Lynn L. Bergeson will speak at a May 8, 2013, conference on recent advances in environmental health and safety (EHS) of engineered nanomaterials. The University of California Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (UC CEIN) is holding the conference on "Scientific Advances Towards Reducing Complexity in Decision Making." Read the Whole Article


February 4th, 2013
OSHA Publishes Fact Sheet on Working Safely with Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently published a fact sheet entitled Working Safely with Nanomaterials. Read the Whole Article


January 25th, 2013
Court Hears Oral Arguments in Case Challenging Conditional Registration of Nanosilver
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

Oral arguments were held on January 16, 2013, in the Natural Resources Defense Council's (NRDC) case challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) conditional registration of HeiQ AGS-20, a nanosilver product. Read the Whole Article


January 17th, 2013
Norway Requires Information on Norwegian Product Register Chemicals in Nanoform
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On January 9, 2013, the Norwegian Climate and Pollution Agency (Klif) posted a notice concerning the annual update of information and mandatory reporting of quantities for chemicals for 2012 to the Norwegian Product Register. Read the Whole Article


January 11th, 2013
France Reminds Companies of Nanomaterials Reporting Requirement
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The French Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development posted a January 8, 2013, memorandum (in French) concerning the annual mandatory reporting of nanomaterials, which took effect January 1, 2013. Read the Whole Article


January 11th, 2013
Canada Begins Public Consultation on Revised Draft Guidance Document Sunscreen Monograph
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On November 21, 2012, Health Canada began a public consultation on a Draft: Guidance Document -- Sunscreen Monograph, which is intended to replace the existing 2006 Sunburn Protectants Monograph. Read the Whole Article


January 7th, 2013
EPA Regulatory Agenda Includes Notices Concerning Nanoscale Materials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is scheduled to announce in the January 8, 2013, Federal Register the availability of its 2012 Regulatory Agenda. Read the Whole Article


December 27th, 2012
Danish Consumer Council and Danish Ecological Council Launch Nano Database
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The Danish Consumer Council and the Danish Ecological Council, in cooperation with the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) Environment, have developed a database intended to help consumers identify more than 1,200 products that may contain nanomaterials. Read the Whole Article


December 21st, 2012
NIOSH to Publish Information and Comment Request for Silver Nanoparticles
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published in the December 19, 2012, Federal Register a request for information and comment on silver nanoparticles. Read the Whole Article


December 12th, 2012
EPA and CPSC Collaborating on Nanomaterial Research
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On December 11, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a research collaboration intended to assess potential impacts of nanomaterials on people's health and the environment. Read the Whole Article


December 1st, 2012
Regulatory Cooperation Council Holds Stakeholder Webinar on Nanotechnology Initiative
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On November 28, 2012, the Canada-U.S. Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) held a webinar to discuss its RCC Nanotechnology Work Plan. Read the Whole Article


November 30th, 2012
EFSA Intends to Prepare Inventory of Food Additives in the Area of Nanotechnologies
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published in the October 10, 2012, Official Journal of the European Union a call for tender to prepare a background document on the current knowledge in the field of nanotechnology and prepare an inventory of food additives/food contact materials/feed additives applications of nanotechnologies currently used and/or reasonably foreseen to be used. Read the Whole Article


November 14th, 2012
NGOs Call for "Nano Patch" for REACH, and EC Responds
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), ClientEarth, and Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND) released on November 13, 2012, a proposal for European Union (EU) legislation to address the risks of nanomaterials. Read the Whole Article


November 8th, 2012
NIOSH Publishes Progress Report from Nanotechnology Research Center
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On November 7, 2012, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Nanotechnology Research Center (NTRC) posted a document entitled Filling the Knowledge Gaps for Safe Nanotechnology in the Workplace: A Progress Report from the NIOSH Nanotechnology Research Center, 2004-2011. Read the Whole Article


October 24th, 2012
Safe Work Australia Recommends Classification of Carbon Nanotubes as Hazardous Chemicals
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On October 22, 2012, Safe Work Australia announced the availability of a report entitled Human Health Hazard Assessment and Classification of Carbon Nanotubes, as well as an information sheet on the report. Read the Whole Article


October 17th, 2012
ECHA Will Hold Webinar on REACH Registration Dossiers for Nanomaterials and Creates Nanomaterials Working Group
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On October 30, 2012, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) will hold a webinar entitled "How to ensure the safe use of nanomaterials under REACH Part I: Characterisation of nanoforms of substances in registration dossiers." Read the Whole Article


October 11th, 2012
Potassium Titanium Oxide SNUR Bans Manufacture of Particle Size Less Than 100 nm
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On October 5, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated a final significant new use rule (SNUR) for potassium titanium oxide, which was previously the subject of a consent order under Section 5(e) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Read the Whole Article


October 3rd, 2012
EC Adopts Communication on Second Regulatory Review on Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On October 3, 2012, the European Commission (EC) announced its adoption of a Communication on the Second Regulatory Review on Nanomaterials, which assesses the adequacy and implementation of European Union (EU) legislation for nanomaterials, indicates follow-up actions, and responds to issues raised by the European Parliament (EP), EU Council, and the European Economic and Social Committee. Read the Whole Article


September 25th, 2012
EC's SCCS Scientific Opinion on Nano-Form Zinc Oxide Available for Comment
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The European Commission's (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) has posted an opinion on zinc oxide, nano-form. Read the Whole Article


September 20th, 2012
CDC Seeks Comment on Proposed NIOSH Exposure Assessment and Epidemiological Study of U.S. Workers
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a September 20, 2012, Federal Register notice seeking comment on a proposed National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) exposure assessment and epidemiological study of U.S. workers exposed to carbon nanotubes (CNT) and carbon nanofibers (CNF). Read the Whole Article


September 19th, 2012
Denmark Intends to Create Database of Products Containing Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

Under a draft amendment to the Danish Chemicals Act, the Minister of the Environment would have the authority to write a detailed order, establishing the rules for a national database of mixtures and articles containing or releasing nanomaterials. Read the Whole Article


September 13th, 2012
NNCO Will Hold Webinar on Nano.gov Website
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

In a September 13, 2012, Federal Register notice, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) announced that the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) will hold a webinar on September 20, 2012, to provide an open forum to answer questions and hear suggestions related to the National Nanotechnology Initiative's (NNI) public website, which was redesigned in April 2011. Read the Whole Article


September 7th, 2012
NRC Report on Science for Environmental Protection Examines Nanotechnology
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On September 5, 2012, the National Research Council (NRC) released a pre-publication version of a report entitled Science for Environmental Protection: The Road Ahead. Read the Whole Article


September 4th, 2012
SCCS Calls for Experts on the Safety Assessment of Nanomaterials in Cosmetic Products
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On August 31, 2012, the European Commission's (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) issued a call for experts on the safety assessment of nanomaterials in cosmetic products. Read the Whole Article


August 31st, 2012
ISO Preparing Labeling Guidance for Manufactured Nano-Objects and Products Containing Manufactured Nano-Objects
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 229 on nanotechnologies is preparing guidance on the format and content of voluntary labeling for manufactured nano-objects (MNO) and products, preparations, and mixtures containing MNOs. Read the Whole Article


August 30th, 2012
Lynn L. Bergeson Will Chair Session at Newly-Organized Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization Conference
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

Lynn L. Bergeson will chair a session of the first Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization (SNO) conference, which will be held November 4-6, 2012, in Arlington, Virginia. Read the Whole Article


August 24th, 2012
PNAS Posts Study Concerning Soybean Susceptibility to Manufactured Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) posted on its website on August 20, 2012, an article entitled "Soybean susceptibility to manufactured nanomaterials with evidence for food quality and soil fertility interruption." Read the Whole Article


August 22nd, 2012
France Publishes Notice Concerning Mandatory Nanomaterial Reporting
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The French Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development published an order in the August 10, 2012, Journal Officiel de la République Française concerning the content and submission requirements for the annual declarations of information relating to nanoparticle substances, as substances or as part of a mixture. Read the Whole Article


August 10th, 2012
SCENIHR Issues Call for Information and Experts on Health Effects of Nanomaterials Used in Medical Devices
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On August 8, 2012, the European Commission (EC) Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) posted a request it received from the EC for a scientific opinion on the safety of medical devices containing nanomaterials. Read the Whole Article


August 3rd, 2012
EPA Publishes Final Nanomaterial Case Study For Nanoscale Silver in Disinfectant Spray
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On August 1, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted a final report entitled Nanomaterial Case Study: Nanoscale Silver in Disinfectant Spray, which EPA states "is intended to be used as part of a process to identify what is known and, more importantly, what is not yet known that could be of value in assessing the broad implications of certain nanomaterials." Read the Whole Article


July 27th, 2012
Amended Safe Chemicals Act Still Includes Special Substance Characteristics Provision
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On July 25, 2012, the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works approved Senator Frank Lautenberg's (D-NJ) amended Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 (S. 847) in a 10-8 partisan vote. While the bill does not explicitly mention nano, potentially relevant provisions remain in the amended text. Read the Whole Article


July 18th, 2012
FDA Bill Signed by President Includes Nanotechnology Provision
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On July 9, 2012, President Barack Obama signed the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (P.L. 112-144). Read the Whole Article


July 17th, 2012
EPA Extends Due Date for Comments on Nanosilver Registration Review
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

According to a July 10, 2012, memorandum added to the registration review docket for nanosilver, the Federal Register notice announcing the opening of the docket erroneously listed the comment period end date as August 19, 2012. Read the Whole Article


July 12th, 2012
NIOSH eNews Includes Nanotechnology Update
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The July 3, 2012, edition of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) eNews includes a nanotechnology update, which states that the critical question to address is whether nanomaterials pose health or safety risks to workers employed in their manufacture and industrial use. Read the Whole Article


July 10th, 2012
The Netherlands Publishes Report Examining the EC's Recommended Definition of Nanomaterial
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) published on June 29, 2012, a report entitled Interpretation and implications of the European Commission Recommendation on the definition of nanomaterial. Read the Whole Article


July 9th, 2012
EPA Opens Registration Review Docket for Nanosilver
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On July 6, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the establishment of a registration review docket for nanosilver. Read the Whole Article


July 5th, 2012
EC Scientific Committee Releases Guidance on Safety Assessment of Nanomaterials in Cosmetics
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On July 4, 2012, the European Commission (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) posted its Guidance on the safety assessment of nanomaterials in cosmetics. Read the Whole Article


July 2nd, 2012
EPA Releases Draft Report on Nanomaterial Case Study
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on July 2, 2012, the availability of an external review draft document entitled Nanomaterial Case Study: A Comparison of Multiwalled Carbon Nanotube and Decabromodiphenyl Ether Flame-Retardant Coatings Applied to Upholstery Textiles (EPA/600/R-12/043A). Read the Whole Article


June 29th, 2012
Workshop Registration Now Open -- Challenges and Opportunities for Businesses Engaged in Nanotechnology
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

B&C Consortia Management, L.L.C. (BCCM) is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the September 25, 2012, workshop: "Challenges and Opportunities for Businesses Engaged in Nanotechnology." Read the Whole Article


June 14th, 2012
Health Council of the Netherlands Proposes Registry for Worker Exposure to Engineered Nanoparticles
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The Health Council of the Netherlands announced on May 22, 2012, the availability of a draft report proposing the implementation of an exposure registry and a system of health monitoring when working with engineered nanoparticles. Read the Whole Article


June 13th, 2012
ECHA Will Create Working Group on Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) recently held a two-day workshop concerning its first experiences with nanomaterials under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) program, with an emphasis on the evaluation process. Read the Whole Article


June 8th, 2012
ECHA Updates Additional Guidance for Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On May 25, 2012, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published three new appendices, updating Chapters R.8, R.10, and R.14 of the Guidance on Information Requirements and Chemical Safety Assessment. Read the Whole Article


June 7th, 2012
ISO Publishes Technical Report on Physical Characterization of Engineered Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published a Technical Report (TR) providing guidance on the physicochemical characterization of manufactured nano-objects prior to toxicological assessment. Read the Whole Article


May 31st, 2012
NIOSH Releases Guidance on General Safe Practices for Working with Engineered Nanomaterials in Research Laboratories
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has posted a document entitled General Safe Practices for Working with Engineered Nanomaterials in Research Laboratories, which contains recommendations on engineering controls and safe practices for handling engineered nanomaterials in laboratories and some pilot scale operations. Read the Whole Article


May 23rd, 2012
International Symposium Slides and Videos of the Plenary Presentations Are Now Available
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On March 27-28, 2012, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), in collaboration with the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), and hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), held an International Symposium on Assessing the Economic Impact of Nanotechnology. Read the Whole Article


May 18th, 2012
Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health Considers Dispersible Engineered Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health (FACOSH) met on May 3, 2012, during which it discussed the use of occupational exposure levels (OEL) by the federal government. Read the Whole Article


May 17th, 2012
EU Biocides Regulation Addresses Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On May 10, 2012, the Council of the European Union (EU) announced the adoption of a regulation concerning the placing on the market and use of biocidal products, which include insecticides, disinfectants, and repellents, but not medicines or agricultural pesticides. Read the Whole Article


May 15th, 2012
NNI Agencies Announce New Nanotechnology Signature Initiative
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On May 14, 2012, the agencies participating in the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) announced the fourth Nanotechnology Signature Initiative, "Nanotechnology Knowledge Infrastructure: Enabling National Leadership in Sustainable Design" (NKI). Read the Whole Article


May 11th, 2012
SAICM Will Publish Comments on Adding Nanotechnology Activities to Global Plan of Action
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) Secretariat is expected to publish this month comments on Switzerland's proposal that activities relating to nanotechnology be added to the SAICM Global Plan of Action. Read the Whole Article


May 8th, 2012
CRS Publishes Nanotechnology Policy Primer
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) published an April 13, 2012, document entitled Nanotechnology: A Policy Primer that provides an overview of federal research and development (R&D) in nanotechnology, U.S. competitiveness, environmental, health, and safety (EHS) concerns, nanomanufacturing, and public understanding of and attitudes toward nanotechnology. Read the Whole Article


May 5th, 2012
PCAST Releases Fourth Assessment of the NNI
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On April 27, 2012, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released the Report to the President and Congress on the Fourth Assessment of the National Nanotechnology Initiative, which is a Congressionally mandated biennial review of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI). Read the Whole Article


May 4th, 2012
ECHA Announces Updated Guidance for Registering Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On April 30, 2012, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced the availability of three appendices, updating Chapters R.7a, R.7b, and R.7c of the Guidance on Information Requirements and Chemical Safety Assessment (IR & CSA). Read the Whole Article


April 26th, 2012
FDA Issues Two New Draft Guidance Documents on Nanotechnology in Food Substances and Cosmetics
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On April 25, 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the issuance of two new draft guidance documents on the use of nanotechnology in food and cosmetic products -- "Guidance for Industry: Assessing the Effects of Significant Manufacturing Process Changes, Including Emerging Technologies, on the Safety and Regulatory Status of Food Ingredients and Food Contact Substances, including Food Ingredients that are Color Additives," and "Guidance for Industry: Safety of Nanomaterials in Cosmetic Products. Read the Whole Article


April 19th, 2012
OECD Publishes New Document in Series on Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently published a new document in its series on the safety of manufactured nanomaterials, entitled Important Issues on Risk Assessment of Manufactured Nanomaterials. Read the Whole Article


April 12th, 2012
EC Scientific Committee Requests Information on Nanosilver
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On April 10, 2012, the European Commission (EC) Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) invited interested parties to submit any relevant information that could assist it with its assessment of the safety, health, and environmental effects of nanosilver. Read the Whole Article


April 7th, 2012
Background Papers Available from the International Symposium on Assessing the Economic Impact of Nanotechnology
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On March 27-28, 2012, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), in collaboration with the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), and hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) held an International Symposium on Assessing the Economic Impact of Nanotechnology. Read the Whole Article


March 31st, 2012
B&C Consortia Management, L.L.C. Announces That The California Nanotechnology Industry Network Will Sponsor a Workshop on Challenges and Opportunities for Businesses Engaged in Nanotechnology
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The B&C Consortia Management, L.L.C. (BCMM) is pleased to announce that the UCLA Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology will be hosting a workshop that will be sponsored by The California Nanotechnology Industry Network (CalNIN) on Challenges and Opportunities for Businesses Engaged in Nanotechnology on September 25, 2012. Read the Whole Article


March 30th, 2012
Dr. Robert Pohanka Appointed as Director of the NNCO
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On March 20, 2012, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) announced the appointment of Dr. Robert Pohanka as the Director of the NNCO. Read the Whole Article


March 29th, 2012
EC Requests Scientific Opinion on Health Effects of Nanomaterials Used in Medical Devices
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On March 27, 2012, the European Commission (EC) posted a request to the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) for a scientific opinion on the health effects of nanomaterials used in medical devices. Read the Whole Article


March 13th, 2012
Australia Announces New Guidance on the Safe Handling and Use of Carbon Nanotubes
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On March 5, 2012, Safe Work Australia announced the release of an information sheet on the safe handling and use of carbon nanotubes in the workplace and a document entitled Safe Handling and Use of Carbon Nanotubes. Read the Whole Article


March 8th, 2012
Wisconsin Bill Would Create Nanotechnology Information Hub and Nanotechnology Council
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

S.B. 533, which was prepared for the Joint Legislative Council's Special Committee on Nanotechnology, was introduced in the Wisconsin Senate on February 29, 2012, by the Joint Legislative Council. Read the Whole Article


March 2nd, 2012
CoRAP Notes Nano Concerns for Two Substances
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On February 29, 2012, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced the first Community Rolling Action Plan (CoRAP), which includes 90 substances that Member States will evaluate under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) substance evaluation process. Read the Whole Article


February 26th, 2012
Global Agenda Council on Emerging Technologies Identifies Top Technology Trends
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

During the Summit on the Global Agenda 2011, the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Emerging Technologies asked members to identify the technology trends that would have the greatest global impact. Read the Whole Article


February 25th, 2012
ECHA Announces Plans to Update Guidance for Registration of Nanoform Substances
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On February 22, 2012, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) issued a press release announcing that it is currently preparing an update of its Guidance on Information Requirements and Chemical Safety Assessment based on the European Commission's Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Implementation Project on Nanomaterials (RIP-oN). Read the Whole Article


February 20th, 2012
EPA Administrator Jackson Toured UCLA Lab Receiving Funding for Nanotechnology
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On February 17, 2012, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson toured the Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEIN) at the University of California, Los Angeles. Read the Whole Article


February 19th, 2012
EPA Regulatory Agenda Includes Notices Concerning Nanoscale Materials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced in a February 13, 2012, Federal Register notice the availability of its Fall 2011 Regulatory Agenda. Read the Whole Article


February 10th, 2012
CIEL Claims REACH Insufficient to Regulate Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) published a report on February 6, 2012, entitled Just Out of REACH: How REACH Is Failing to Regulate Nanomaterials and How It Can Be Fixed. Read the Whole Article


February 3rd, 2012
NanoRelease Project in Phase 2
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The NanoRelease Project is intended to support the development of methods to understand the release of nanomaterials used in products. Read the Whole Article


January 27th, 2012
NRDC Files Suit to Block EPA's Conditional Registration of Nanosilver
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On January 26, 2012, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (California) against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concerning its conditional registration of a pesticide product containing nanosilver as a new active ingredient for use as a preservative for textiles. Read the Whole Article


January 12th, 2012
Nanotech Commercialization Conference Will Be Held in North Carolina in April
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA), North Carolina Department of Commerce, and Center of Innovation for Nanobiotechnology (COIN) will co-host the Nanotech Commercialization Conference on April 4-5, 2012, in Research Triangle, North Carolina. Read the Whole Article


December 29th, 2011
EPA Publishes Proposed SNURs for CNTs and Fullerenes
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published on December 28, 2011, proposed significant new use rules (SNUR) for 17 chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMN). 76 Fed. Reg. 81447. Of particular interest, seven of the PMN substances' reported chemical names include the term "carbon nanotube" (CNT) or "CNT" and seven of the PMN substances include the term "fullerene." Read the Whole Article


December 23rd, 2011
Coalition Sues FDA Over Alleged Risks from Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On December 21, 2011, a coalition of nonprofit consumer safety and environmental groups sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Read the Whole Article


December 17th, 2011
EP Passes Resolution Calling for Legislation to Protect Workers from Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The European Parliament (EP) passed a resolution on December 15, 2011, stating that nanomaterials must be covered by current European Union (EU) health and safety rules, based on a mid-term review of the EU's 2007-2012 health and safety at work strategy. Read the Whole Article


December 15th, 2011
EC Requests SCENIHR for Scientific Opinion on Nanosilver
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The European Commission (EC) requested on December 9, 2011, that the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) prepare a scientific opinion on the safety, health, and environmental effects and role in antimicrobial resistance of nanosilver. Read the Whole Article


December 12th, 2011
NIOSH Science Blog Posts Entry Regarding Respiratory Protection for Workers Handling Engineered Nanoparticles
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On December 7, 2011, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) posted an item on its Science Blog entitled "Respiratory Protection for Workers Handling Engineered Nanoparticles." Read the Whole Article


December 2nd, 2011
EPA Conditionally Registers Pesticide Product Containing Nanosilver as a New Active Ingredient
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on December 1, 2011, that it is conditionally registering a pesticide product containing nanosilver as a new active ingredient. HeiQ AGS-20 is a silver-based antimicrobial pesticide product approved for use as a preservative for textiles. The final registration is not yet in the docket. The final registration is similar to the draft proposed registration issued last year, but additional data requirements have been imposed. As members of the nano community know well, that EPA has issued the registration in final is very good news and demonstrates that EPA is prepared to make regulatory decisions involving nanotechnology, even where, as here, they are likely to inspire controversy. Read the Whole Article


December 1st, 2011
ObservatoryNANO Posts Report on Nanotechnology EHS Landscape
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

ObservatoryNANO posted on November 24, 2011, a report on the nanotechnology environment, health, and safety (EHS) landscape. Read the Whole Article


November 23rd, 2011
Nanomaterials May Not Fit Definition of "Chemical" in "Informal Draft" Safer Consumer Products Regulations
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On November 14-15, 2011, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control's (DTSC) Green Ribbon Science Panel (GRSP) met to review DTSC's "informal draft" Safer Consumer Products Regulations (SCPR) released on October 31, 2011. During the meeting, DTSC provided an explanation for how the regulations were developed and then set forth questions for discussion on three topics: (1) the Chemicals of Concern (COC) List; (2) the prioritization of products; and (3) the quality assurance of alternative assessments (AA). Read the Whole Article


November 18th, 2011
EPA Posts Guidance to Facilitate Decisions for Sustainable Nanotechnology
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted a September 2011 guidance document entitled Guidance to Facilitate Decisions for Sustainable Nanotechnology, which was prepared by the National Risk Management Research Laboratory of the Office of Research and Development. EPA states that it developed the guidance to assist in assessing the sustainability of nanoproducts, and it is intended "to lay the groundwork for developing a decision-support framework through continual updates as research in this area progresses." The foundation of EPA's approach, according to the guidance, is to consider existing standards and methods for environmental, economic, and social assessments using a life cycle perspective and offer guidance by relaying first-hand knowledge of applying assessment tools to nanotechnologies, whenever possible. The guidance includes overviews of various assessment methodologies to help stakeholders make informed choices when selecting tools appropriate for their goals. Read the Whole Article


November 13th, 2011
NIA Will Hold Workshop on the EU Definition of Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) will hold a workshop on November 30, 2011, entitled "Defining Nano!? Compliance Requirements & Market Impact of the EU Definition of ‘Nanomaterials.'" Read the Whole Article


November 11th, 2011
ICON Announces Availability of Presentation Slides from Training Course
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On November 8, 2011, the International Council on Nanotechnology (ICON) announced the availability of the presentation slides from the modules for the training course entitled "Introduction to Nanomaterials and Occupational Health." Read the Whole Article


November 4th, 2011
ECHA Begins Consultation on Testing Proposal for Multi-Wall Carbon Nanotubes
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On November 3, 2011, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) began a consultation on a testing proposal for multi-wall carbon nanotubes, synthetic graphite in tubular shape. Under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) program, manufacturers and importers must obtain information on toxic effects of substances. REACH requires that new testing of a substance involving vertebrate animals be carried out only as a last resort, however. Read the Whole Article


October 28th, 2011
NCI Announces Public Private Industry Partnership Concerning Nanotechnology-Based Cancer Solutions
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

In an October 28, 2011, Federal Register notice, the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer announced the initiation of "Translation of Nanotechnology in Cancer" (TONIC), a public private industry partnership intended to promote translational research and development opportunities of nanotechnology-based cancer solutions. Read the Whole Article


October 19th, 2011
EC Adopts Recommendation on Definition of Nanomaterial
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The European Commission (EC) adopted on October 18, 2011, a Recommendation on the definition of a nanomaterial. Read the Whole Article


October 14th, 2011
Health Canada Announces Policy Statement Concerning Working Definition for Nanomaterial
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On October 11, 2011, Health Canada announced the availability of its Policy Statement on Health Canada's Working Definition for Nanomaterial. Read the Whole Article


October 11th, 2011
Nanotechnology Regulatory Science Act of 2011 Introduced in Senate
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On October 6, 2011, Senator Mark L. Pryor (D-AR) introduced the Nanotechnology Regulatory Science Act of 2011 (S. 1662). The legislation is intended to address potential health and safety risks from products that contain nanotechnology materials. The bill would establish a program within the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to assess the health and safety implications of using nanotechnology in everyday products and develop best practices for companies using nanotechnology. The legislation would authorize $48 million over three years, beginning in fiscal year 2013. Read the Whole Article


October 6th, 2011
EC Requests Guidance on Safety Assessment of Nanomaterials in Cosmetics
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The European Commission (EC) has asked the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) to prepare a guidance document on the safety assessment of nanomaterials in cosmetics. Read the Whole Article


September 25th, 2011
OEHHA Posts Comments on Revised Proposed Regulation for Hazard Traits and Environmental and Toxicological Endpoints
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has posted comments received on its July 29, 2011, revised proposed regulation concerning the specification of hazard traits, environmental and toxicological endpoints, and other relevant data that are to be included in California's Toxics Information Clearinghouse. Read the Whole Article


September 23rd, 2011
SNWG Releases Statement Concerning Nanosilver
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The Silver Nanotechnology Working Group (SNWG) recently prepared a statement concerning nanosilver and its long history of safe and regulated use. Read the Whole Article


September 16th, 2011
A New Website for Nanotechnology Initiatives in California Is Available
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

B&C Consortia Management, L.L.C. (BCCM), an affiliate of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., announced on September 15, 2011, the availability of a new website designed to be a platform for sharing information on nanotechnology policy, legislative, and regulatory initiatives in California. The website provides regular updates on areas and initiatives that could potentially impact the development or use of nanomaterials in California. It also includes information on broader nano-initiatives, recognizing that such initiatives can and will influence nanomaterials policy developments and decisions in California and elsewhere. Read the Whole Article


September 7th, 2011
German Advisory Council Releases Report Concerning Precautionary Strategies for Managing Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The German Advisory Council on the Environment (SRU) released on September 1, 2011, a report entitled Precautionary Strategies for Managing Nanomaterials, which makes recommendations for a "responsible and precautionary development" of nanotechnology. Read the Whole Article


September 2nd, 2011
To Define or Not to Define: The War of Words
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The August 25, 2011, issue of Nature includes a letter from Dr. Hermann Stamm, European Commission (EC) Joint Research Centre (JRC), Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP). In response to Dr. Andrew Maynard's article entitled "Don't define nanomaterials," in the July 7, 2011, issue of Nature, Stamm argues that a definition of engineered nanomaterials for regulatory purposes is "urgently needed." Read the Whole Article


August 25th, 2011
FDA Regulatory Science Plan Addresses Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released on August 17, 2011, a document entitled Advancing Regulatory Science at FDA: A Strategic Plan. FDA states that its core responsibility is to protect consumers by applying the best possible science to its regulatory activities. FDA notes that rapid advances in innovative science have provided new technologies to discover, manufacture, and assess novel medical products, and to improve food safety and quality. FDA reportedly developed the Strategic Plan to keep pace with and use these new scientific advances. Read the Whole Article


August 19th, 2011
Presentations Available from US-EU Workshop: Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) posted recently the presentations from the March 10-11, 2011, workshop entitled "US-EU: Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts." The workshop, which was convened in the Washington, D.C area, was intended to continue the robust dialogue between the U.S. and European Union (EU) on issues of shared concern pertinent to nanotechnology research initiatives. The workshop covered the following areas: significant discussion about environmental health and safety (EHS) questions for nanotechnology-enabled products; hands-on participation in joint programs of work that will better leverage resources; and development of communities of practice areas, including identification of key points of contact, interest groups, themes between key U.S. and EU researchers, and key U.S. and EU funding sources for near-term and future collaborations. Read the Whole Article


August 18th, 2011
NanoBusiness Commercialization Association to Meet in Boston
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On September 25-27, 2011, the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) will commence its tenth annual conference at the Nanomanufacturing Summit in Boston, Massachusetts. The Summit will showcase emerging areas of nanomanufacturing and commercialization of nanotechnology-enabled products by leaders in the field of nanomanufacturing. This year's event is being co-organized by the National Nanomanufacturing Network (NNN) and NanoBCA (formerly the NanoBusiness Alliance), and provides an opportunity to network with the broader nanomanufacturing community to foster the critical collaboration and information exchange needed to realize both the societal and economic benefits offered by integrative nanomanufacturing techniques. Read the Whole Article


August 4th, 2011
IATP Report Critical of Development of Nanotechnology Products with Inadequate Regulatory Oversight
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) issued a June 29, 2011, report entitled Racing Ahead: U.S. Agri-Nanotechnology in the Absence of Regulation, which claims that at least 1,300 products with engineered nanotechnology materials (ENM) have been commercialized, "despite myriad uncertainties about the public health and environmental effects of ENMs." According to the report, several steps are needed for an operative and mandatory regulatory structure for nanotechnology products and processes, including an agreed legal definition of what constitutes an ENM and nanotech product data. The report describes the June 9, 2011, announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of their intent to issue voluntary guidance to industry on nanotechnology products as "a small, but encouraging first step towards regulation." Read the Whole Article


July 30th, 2011
OEHHA Revises Proposed Regulation for Hazard Traits and Environmental and Toxicological Endpoints
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced on July 29, 2011, that it revised its proposed regulation concerning the specification of hazard traits, environmental and toxicological endpoints, and other relevant data that are to be included in California's Green Chemistry Toxics Information Clearinghouse. The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) will use information from the Clearinghouse to help identify chemicals of concern in consumer products as part of its Green Chemistry Program. Read the Whole Article


July 22nd, 2011
NNI Releases Reports from EHS Workshops
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On July 19, 2011, the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) announced the release of four reports from a series of workshops focusing on issues in the nanotechnology environmental, health, and safety (EHS) arena. The workshops were a part of an ongoing strategy to coordinate nanotechnology-related EHS research by convening experts from industry, academia, and the federal government to share the latest information and newest developments, to discuss the current state-of-the-science, and to identify research gaps in the nanotechnology-related EHS field. NNI states that "knowledge gleaned from the nanoEHS workshop series was critical to the development of the soon-to-be-released, updated NNI EHS Research Strategy." Read the Whole Article


July 20th, 2011
EPA Updates Information of Nano Regs
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) July 7, 2011, Regulatory Agenda contains information of interest to nanotechnology stakeholders. The Regulatory Agenda is a summary of all rulemaking initiatives -- advanced, proposed, and near final -- that EPA has in the pipeline. The document is an excellent resource that lawyers and interested others routinely review to get a sense of what is coming down the pike. Read the Whole Article


July 13th, 2011
EPA Extends Comment Period on Nanoscale Materials in Pesticide Products
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a Federal Register notice on July 13, 2011, extending the comment period concerning possible approaches for obtaining information about what nanoscale materials are present in registered pesticide products until August 17, 2011. EPA received requests from CropLife America, the Biocides Panel of the American Chemistry Council, the Chemical Producers & Distributors Association, the International Center for Technology Assessment, and the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA). Read the Whole Article


July 8th, 2011
Recast RoHS Directive: Nano Implications
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The recast of the Directive on the Restrictions of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) was published in the July 1, 2011, Official Journal of the European Union. The notice calls for the restriction of other hazardous substances and their substitution by more "environmentally friendly alternatives." Importantly for nano stakeholders, the notice specifically states that these "other hazardous substances" include "any substances of very small size or with a very small internal or surface structure (nanomaterials) which may be hazardous due to properties relating to their size or structure." Read the Whole Article


June 30th, 2011
Netherlands Delegation Notes Risks Associated with Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The Netherlands delegation submitted a paper entitled "Risks associated with nanomaterials" for discussion during the June 21, 2011, meeting of the Environment Council of the European Union (EU). The paper states that under current EU legislation and the precautionary principle, "industry bears primary responsibility for the safety of its products for workers and consumers." The current legislation is intended, however, "to assess the hazards of chemical substances used in products, such as cosmetics, but is not geared to evaluating the specific hazards related to nanoengineered particles." According to the delegation, a key problem is the lack of a generally accepted definition of what constitutes a nanomaterial. Read the Whole Article


June 23rd, 2011
Senate Convenes Nano Caucus Briefing
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On June 22, 2011, the Congressional Nanotechnology Caucus convened its first meeting in 2011 and hosted its inaugural Nanotechnology Caucus Lecture: Nanotechnology 101. The Nanotechnology Caucus is a bipartisan group of Members dedicated to promoting nanotechnology. Opening remarks were provided by Vincent Caprio, Executive Director, NanoBusiness Commercialization Association. Attendees were then treated to extensive remarks by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), a tireless champion of nanotechnology. Read the Whole Article


June 16th, 2011
FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Nanotechnology: Agency Will Accept Public Comment for 60 Days
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On June 9, 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted on its home page a Draft Guidance on Considering Whether an FDA-Regulated Product Involves Application of Nanotechnology. FDA announced the availability of the Draft Guidance in the June 14, 2011, Federal Register. 76 Fed. Reg. 34715. FDA states that this document is the first step in providing regulatory clarity about the use of nanomaterials in FDA-regulated products and other more product-specific guidance documents are likely to follow. Specifically, the Draft Guidance is "intended to help industry and others identify when they should consider potential implications for regulatory status, safety, effectiveness, or public health impact that may arise with the application of nanotechnology in FDA-regulated products." Comments on the Draft Guidance are due August 15, 2011. Read the Whole Article


June 9th, 2011
OECD Provides Snapshot on Current and Planned Activities on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

As many people know, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is deeply engaged in nanotechnology initiatives. The OECD is an intergovernmental organization that includes 34 member countries, of which the United States is one, and maintains relationships with 70 others. Read the Whole Article


June 3rd, 2011
OECD Provides Snapshot on Current and Planned Activities on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On May 26, 2011, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) posted a useful document entitled "Current Developments/Activities on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials." The document provides information on the outcomes and developments of the OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN) related to the safety of manufactured nanomaterials. OECD states that the document "provides a snapshot of information on current/planned activities related to the safety of manufactured nanomaterials in OECD member countries and other delegations that attended the 8th meeting of OECD's Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (Paris France, 16-18 March 2011)." The document also includes written reports on current activities from other international organizations such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and World Health Organization (WHO). Read the Whole Article


May 27th, 2011
Australia's NICNAS: New Chemicals Processes for Industrial Nanomaterials
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

Last October, the Australian Chemical Gazette announced that the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) was introducing new administrative processes for the notification and assessment of industrial nanomaterials that are considered to be "new" chemicals. The new administrative provisions were effective on January 1, 2011, and apply to any new chemical that falls under the working definition of "industrial nanomaterial." NICNAS also issued guidance on the notification program. Noted below is a brief background with the new notification program. Read the Whole Article


May 19th, 2011
ECHA Preparing Nano Inventory from REACH and CLP Submissions
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is compiling an inventory of nanomaterials included in the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) registration dossiers and Classification, Labeling, and Packaging (CLP) notifications for the European Commission (EC), and intends to deliver the inventory by the end of June 2011. The EC requested the inventory in response to the 2009 European Parliament communication on nanomaterials. Read the Whole Article


May 11th, 2011
UCSF's Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment Publishes Recommendations for Addressing Health Risks from Nanomaterials in California
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On May 5, 2011, the University of California, San Francisco's (UCSF) Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment announced the publication of its Recommendations for Addressing Potential Health Risks from Nanomaterials in California, which provides recommendations for addressing potential health risks from nanomaterials to the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) and to the State of California. OEHHA contracted with UCSF to prepare the report, which provides an overview of nanotechnology materials, potential exposures, and human-health risks, and recommendations for addressing potential health hazards and risks from nanotechnology. Recommendations include those that can be implemented under the existing regulatory structure of OEHHA, such as establishing a publicly accessible clearinghouse and inventory of nanomaterial sources and products. Read the Whole Article


May 6th, 2011
EPA Issues Final SNUR for Certain Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On May 6, 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated a final significant new use rule (SNUR) under Section 5(a)(2) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for the chemical substance identified generically as multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT), which was the subject of premanufacture notice (PMN) P-08-199. Under the final SNUR, persons intending to manufacture, import, or process MWCNT for a use that is designated as a significant new use by the final rule must notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing that activity. Read the Whole Article


April 29th, 2011
EPA Closing in On Nanopesticide Reporting Policy
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

About a year ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its intent to adopt a policy presuming that an active or inert ingredient will be considered "new" under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) if the ingredient is or contains a "nanoscale material" and requiring any registrant of a pesticide product registered under FIFRA that is aware the product contains a nanoscale material to submit the information to EPA pursuant to FIFRA Section 6(a)(2). The "classification" policy came as no surprise and many believe it reflects a legally defensible interpretation of FIFRA. The "reporting" policy, however, was greeted with immediate and strong resistance. A logical inference of EPA's new reporting policy is that EPA must regard the mere presence of a nanoscale material to be "adverse" since EPA regulations generally limit the obligation of a registrant to report information pursuant to FIFRA Section 6(a)(2) to information that concerns "adverse effects." Read the Whole Article


April 27th, 2011
UK FSA Publishes Report of Consumers' Views on Nano in Food and Food Packaging
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On April 21, 2011, the United Kingdom's (UK) Food Standards Agency (FSA) published a report of consumers' views on the use of nanotechnology in food and food packaging. FSA convened a focus group in late 2010 and early 2011, and asked participants about their views on nanotechnology. Read the Whole Article


April 23rd, 2011
Study Assesses Exposure in Workplaces Manufacturing Nanosized Titanium Dioxide and Silver
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

Inhalation Toxicology has published an article entitled, "Exposure assessment of workplaces manufacturing nanosized TiO2 and silver," which monitored the possible exposure to nanoparticles at workplaces that manufacture nano-titanium dioxide (TiO2) and nano-silver. See informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/08958378.2011.562567 Based on the study results, the TiO2 and silver nanoparticle concentrations were relatively lower than existing occupational exposure limits. Read the Whole Article


April 22nd, 2011
Scientists Investigate Metallic Silver Nanoparticles in Pilot Wastewater Treatment Plant
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The potential presence of silver nanoparticles (Ag-NP) in municipal wastewater has been the subject of considerable debate in recent years. While silver ion toxicity is well understood, less is understood about the environmental impacts of nanosilver, particularly on sewage treatment plants. Read the Whole Article


April 16th, 2011
House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on NNI Oversight
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On April 14, 2011, the House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Science Education held a hearing entitled "Nanotechnology: Oversight of the National Nanotechnology Initiative and Priorities for the Future." According to the hearing charter, the purpose of the hearing was to examine the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) and address the Nation's research and development priorities for the future. Read the Whole Article


April 15th, 2011
Industry Offers EPA First Nanomaterial Proposed Testing Agreement
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On April 6, 2011, the NanoSafety Consortium submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) a proposed testing agreement under Section 4 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The Consortium consists of a group of single-, double-, and multi-walled carbon nanotube manufacturers, including: Angstron Materials LLC, Applied Sciences, Inc., Cheap Tubes, Inc., Continental Carbon Nanotechnologies, Inc., Nano-C, Inc., NanoLab, Nanoshel, LLC, Pyrograf Products, SouthWest NanoTechnologies, Inc., and XG Sciences, Inc. Read the Whole Article


March 31st, 2011
Nanotech Items of Interest
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

1) OECD Publishes Booklet On Nanosafety At The OECD
2) ASME Nanotechnology Institute Posts New Podcast In Nano Educational Series
3) NIOSH Requests Information To Update Its Nanotechnology Strategic Plan
4) PEN Reports Increase In Nano-Enabled Consumer Products
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March 26th, 2011
What's New in the U.S. on Nano?
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

With GlobalChem 2011 concluding this week, it is timely to take stock in the status of nanotechnology governance activities underway at the federal level. Representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provided a brief update on regulatory initiatives in their remarks at the conference. Here is a quick summary of key initiatives. Read the Whole Article

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