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December 2011
Summary of the latest news in the field of nanotechnology environment, health and safety issues from the period October - December 2011, as well as details of recent updates and additions to the SAFENANO site.


Recent News Articles
EC and SCENIHR begin Public Consultation on the determination of potential health effects of nanomaterials used in medical devices

EC and SCENIHR begin public consultation on preliminary opinion on guidance on the determination of potential health effects of nanomaterials used in medical devices

EC issues Draft Reports for Impact Assessment on Transparency Measures for Nanomaterials

The European Commission have released three reports following a validation workshop to discuss the preliminary results of the study supporting the impact assessment on transparency measures for nanom...

NNI releases progress review on environmental, health, & safety research

The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) has released a Progress Review on the Coordinated Implementation of the NNI 2011 Environmental, Health, and Safety Research Strategy.

FDA issues guidance to support the responsible development of nanotechnology products

The U.S Food and Drug Administration has issued guidances on the use of nanotechnology in FDA-regulated products.

European Commission publishes final opinion on nanosilver

EC publishes final opinion on "Nanosilver: safety, health and environmental effects and role in antimicrobial resistance".

Researchers investigate biodistribution of carbon nanotubes in vivo

CEA and CNRS researchers investigate tissue biodistribution of radiolabelled multi-walled carbon nanotubes in mice over 12 months.

European industry associations call for balanced policy on nanomaterials

Fifteen industry associations have together endorsed a recently published leaflet entitled “Europe needs safe and innovative nanotechnologies and nanomaterials”.

German Environment Agency assesses carcinogenicity and mutagenicity of nanoparticles

The German Federal Environment Agency has published a review of existing knowledge on the carcinogenicity and mutagenicity of nanoparticles.

OECD report highlights policy issues related to nanotechnology use in the tyre industry

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a new report providing important insights into the policy issues related to nanotechnology use in the tyre industry.

OECD publishes Report of Expert Meeting on Physico-chemical Properties of Manufactured Nanomaterials and Test Guidelines

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has published a Report of the Expert Meeting on the Physical Chemical Properties of Manufactured Nanomaterials and Test Guidelines.

Upcoming Events
As a side event of the XX World Congress on Safety and Health at work, the ISSA (International Social Security Association) are holding a course entitled 'Threshold Limit Values for Chemical Substances and Nanomaterials- an Overview of Current Concepts and Trends' on the 25th&nb...