Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors



Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


android tablet pc

Home > Press > ENTA offers to act as confidential intermediary for companies to participate in the UK's Voluntary Reporting Scheme for Engineered Nanoscale Materials

Abstract:
The European Nanotechnology Trade Alliance (ENTA) today unveiled a free and confidential service for UK companies involved in creating engineered nanoparticles. Through ENTA, these companies are offered the opportunity to supply data to the UK Government via DEFRA's Voluntary Reporting Scheme for Engineered Nanoscale Materials, in confidence.

ENTA offers to act as confidential intermediary for companies to participate in the UK's Voluntary Reporting Scheme for Engineered Nanoscale Materials

Glasgow, UK | Posted on January 12th, 2007

Del Stark, Chief Executive of ENTA commented: "ENTA members wish to support DEFRA's actions in gathering data on engineered nanoscale materials as part of the UK Government's approach to assessing the need for appropriate controls. They agree this is essential to ensuring new nanotechnologies are developed in a safe and responsible manner. However, DEFRA's call for Voluntary Reporting has resulted in only 3 responses so far. A possible explanation is that companies, especially those involved in early stage development work, need to be reassured that confidentiality will be preserved. By providing data through ENTA, companies will have the opportunity to engage in this process and thereby shape nanotechnology policy, while retaining their anonymity. This will also enable DEFRA to achieve the results it desires".

Del continued "This new ENTA service will enable DEFRA to acquire knowledge on nanomaterials in industry, as well as a greater understanding of the potential benefits of nanoparticles for new products and processes, across many sectors. This is a first step for the UK Government in addressing concerns regarding any health or environmental risks of nanotechnology-based products at the earliest possible stage. The knowledge derived from this process of voluntary reporting will ensure, as with all technologies, that risks are assessed properly, in the context of potential benefits".

Del added "In the second edition of the UK's MNT Industrial Map, a staggering 643 companies are listed as developing micro and nanotechnologies. We are confident that those involved in creating or using nanoparticles will be encouraged to provide the necessary data through ENTA's novel scheme".

What are Engineered Nanoparticles?

Engineered nanoparticles are tiny particles with dimensions around 50-200 nanometres, which are designed to have attributes for specific applications and usually produced chemically, Applications include early identification of cancer cells, targeted therapies, better quality displays, more efficient renewable energy techniques, sensors for early disease detection, and for coating that are oil, water or dirt repellant, to name a few.

####

About ENTA
ENTA represents those companies, large and small, for whom nanotechnology impacts on their business. ENTA is a trade body that interfaces with the public, the media, government and bodies actively involved in determining regulatory framework. It actively promotes the benefits of nanotechnology and works to mitigate regulatory and reputational risk for the industry.

ENTA members include multinationals such as ICI, ABB and Solvay, as well as start-up companies such as Nanozar, nextnano3, AQUANOVA and Capsulution NanoScience.

ENTA’s Remit:
-To promote the use of nanotechnology and represent the interests of member companies using nanotechnology in relevant dealings with society.

-To raise awareness of nanotechnology, in a balanced way, describing its potential and its many applications, to key audiences including the media, Member State Governments, NGOs and other stakeholders. Interaction with appropriate European decision makers and regulators.

-To ensure that society is informed of the benefits and opportunities from nanotechnology offers, as well as the measures being taken to address and mitigate any potential risks to the environment / individual health.

About DEFRA’s Voluntary Reporting Scheme for Engineered Nanoscale Materials

Following a public consultation in early 2006, Defra launched the Voluntary Reporting Scheme for Engineered Nanoscale Materials on 22nd September. It is intended that the scheme will run for 2 years until September 2008.

The purpose of the scheme, alongside a Government programme of Scientific research, is to gather information in order to develop a better understanding of the properties and characteristics of different Engineered nanoscale materials, so enabling potential hazard, exposure and risk to be evaluated. Building an evidence base in this way will allow for a more informed debate about the nature of appropriate controls that may be required to manage risk.

For more information, please click here

Contacts:
Del Stark CEO, European Nanotechnology Trade Alliance, Garscube Technology Complex, Garscube Estate, Bearsden Road, Glasgow, G61 1QH

+44 (0) 141 330 2143,
fax: +44 (0) 141 330 2144

Copyright © ENTA

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

Materials/Metamaterials

Fonon Announces 3D Metal Sintering Technology: Emerging Additive Nano Powder Manufacturing Technology August 28th, 2014

SouthWest NanoTechnologies CEO Dave Arthur to Discuss “Carbon Nanotubes and Automotive Applications” at The Automotive Composites Conference and Expo 2014 (ACCE2014) August 28th, 2014

Nanodiamonds Are Forever: A UCSB professor’s research examines 13,000-year-old nanodiamonds from multiple locations across three continents August 27th, 2014

Competition for Graphene: Berkeley Lab Researchers Demonstrate Ultrafast Charge Transfer in New Family of 2D Semiconductors August 26th, 2014

Announcements

A new, tunable device for spintronics: An international team of scientists including physicist Jairo Sinova from the University of Mainz realises a tunable spin-charge converter made of GaAs August 29th, 2014

Nanoscale assembly line August 29th, 2014

New analytical technology reveals 'nanomechanical' surface traits August 29th, 2014

New Vice President Takes Helm at CNSE CMOST: Catherine Gilbert To Lead CNSE Children’s Museum of Science and Technology Through Expansion And Relocation August 29th, 2014

Safety-Nanoparticles/Risk management

Sunblock poses potential hazard to sea life August 20th, 2014

Analytical solutions from Malvern Instruments support University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee researchers in understanding environmental effects of nanomaterials July 30th, 2014

NNCO Announces an Interactive Webinar: Progress Review on the Coordinated Implementation of the National Nanotechnology Initiative 2011 Environmental, Health, and Safety Research Strategy July 23rd, 2014

Development of an interactive tool for the implementation of environmental legislation for nanoparticles manufacturers July 4th, 2014

Human Interest/Art

Japanese gold leaf artists worked on a nano-scale: Study demonstrates X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy is a non-destructive way to date artwork July 3rd, 2014

Harry Potter-style invisibility cloaks: A real possibility next Christmas? Forget socks and shaving foam, the big kids of tomorrow want an invisible cloak for Christmas December 19th, 2013

Chicago Awareness Organization First Not-for-Profit to Sponsor Dog Training to Detect Ovarian Cancer Odorants December 12th, 2013

ZEISS Microscopes used to create images for Art Exhibit at Midway Airport: Art of Science: Images from the Institute for Genomic Biology October 25th, 2013

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE



  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More














ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project







© Copyright 1999-2014 7th Wave, Inc. All Rights Reserved PRIVACY POLICY :: CONTACT US :: STATS :: SITE MAP :: ADVERTISE