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February 15th, 2010

Senators take aim at uncertainties surrounding nano-health effects

Abstract:
On January 21, 2010, Senators Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) introduced legislation aimed squarely at perceived uncertainties about the potential health implications of nanotechnology-based consumer products. If enacted, the so-called "Nanotechnology Safety Act of 2010" ("the Act," S.2942) would substantially expand FDA's capacity to regulate nanomaterial health and safety issues.

The Act expressly authorizes $25 million in annual spending from 2011 to 2015 on "scientific investigation of nanoscale materials included or intended for inclusion in products regulated by the FDA." It broadly tasks FDA with addressing (i) the potential toxicology of such materials, (ii) the effects of such materials on biological systems, and (iii) the interaction of such materials with biological systems Activities under this research program would presumably include assessing existing literature and data on unspecified "nanomaterials of concern to FDA"; developing new models to predict the nanomaterial impacts on biological systems; new nanotechnology-related training within the FDA; and the overall expansion of FDA's in-house nanotechnology expertise.

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