The Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) unit of the European Parliament has released a new report "NanoSafety - Risk Governance of Manufactured Nanoparticles" which deals with the potential environmental, health and safety (EHS) risks of engineered nanomaterials (ENM). Because of the great uncertainties regarding their actual health and environmental effects and numerous methodological challenges to established risk assessment procedures (...), risk management of ENM is confronted with serious challenges. (...) Regulation under uncertainty raises fundamental political questions of how lawmakers should regulate risk in the face of such uncertainty. To explore this issue in greater detail, the project [carried out by the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology together with the Institute of Technology Assessment] focused on two important perspectives of regulation: Risk management strategies for ENM as discussed or proposed for the EU or its Member States, and risk communication problems and needs for EHS risks of ENM. Findings of the project were discussed with MEPs in several workshops. In addition, the project used also a participatory method in order to investigate the risk communication expectations of the general public.
New guidance for the submission of food additive applications, reflecting advances in science and the latest risk assessment principles, has been developed on the initiative of scientific experts from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)’s Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources Added to Food (ANS). The guidance adopted by the ANS Panel in June 2012 [pdf] replaces guidance originally established in 2001 [pdf] by the EC’s former Scientific Committee on Food. Among changes, the new guidance provides specific recommendations for nanomaterials.
On July 9, 2012, President Barack Obama signed the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (P.L. 112-144). The Act authorizes the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to collect user fees from industry to fund reviews of innovator drugs, medical devices, generic drugs, and biosimilar biologics. It also includes a section concerning nanotechnology, directing the Secretary of Health and Human Services to “intensify and expand activities related to enhancing scientific knowledge regarding nanomaterials included or intended for inclusion in products regulated under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act” or other statutes administered by FDA...
The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) [of New Zealand] has approved amendments to the Cosmetic Products Group Standard. Group standards are approvals for a group of hazardous substances of a similar nature, type or use and this group standard is closely based on European Union (EU) legislation. (...) The amendments include aligning the definitions of some cosmetic products with EU legislation and requiring manufacturers to provide batch and source code information on cosmetic labels, helpful for identifying products subject to a recall. (...) Another amendment means from 1 July 2015, the presence of nanomaterials in cosmetic products available in New Zealand must be identified on labelling...
NanotechITALY 2012 will take place in Venice from 21 to 23 November 2012. Nanotechnologies, in connection with the other EU Key Enabling Technologies (KETs), are recognized as the drivers to address the challenges indicated by Horizon 2020 and also by the Italian National Research Programme. The three day event, organized by AIRI/Nanotec IT, Veneto Nanotech, the National Research Council (CNR) and the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), will highlight how nanotechnologies can contribute to answer these challenges and promote competitiveness and responsible innovation in a variety of strategic sectors that will shape future growth. On the 23rd November 2012, an all day long session will be dedicated to safety, ethics and societal impacts of nanotechnologies including risk management; nanotoxicology; regulation & standards, ethical and societal issues...
An overview of the programme is available here