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Governmental Policy and Reports

NIOSH Publishes New Guidance for Workplace Safety. The U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) released a new guide for entrepreneurial enterprises in the nanotechnology sector, entitled "Building a Safety Program to Protect the Nanotechnology Workforce: A Guide for Small to Medium-Sized Enterprises".  READ MORE.

The Lautenberg Act is Enacted, Providing Significant Reform to the U. S. Toxic Substances Control Act. On June 22, 2016 President Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (Lautenberg Act) which took effect immediately, amending the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). READ MORE.

The Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI) Proposes New Nanomaterial Reporting Requirements. Under a proposal from KEMI, Swedish companies reporting products to the Products Register will soon need to provide further information on any nanomaterials contained within the product. READ MORE.

German Environmental Agency Publishes Recommendations on Environmental Regulations of Nanomaterials. A report entitled ‘Nanomaterials in the Environment: Current State of Knowledge and Regulations on Chemical Safety’ was published by the German Environmental Agency last month. READ MORE.

Second Edition of "Working Safely with Nanomaterials in Research and Development" Released by UK NanoSafety Group. The report offers guidance on reducing potential health hazards that can arise from exposure when working with nanomaterials during research and development.  READ MORE.

2014 Petition for EU-Wide Ban on Nanoparticles is Denied. A 2014 petition calling for a ban on nanoparticles in the European Union has been denied by the European Commission (EC) in their notice to the European Parliament. READ MORE.

NNI and CPSC Publish Workshop Report on Quantifying Exposure to Nanomaterials. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released a report summarizing the Quantifying Exposure to Engineered Nanomaterials (QEEN) from Manufactured Products, Addressing Environmental, Health and Safety Implications Workshop that was held July 7-8th, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia. READ MORE.

Industry News

Cellulose Nanofibers Prove Useful for Agricultural Applications in Fruits. John Simonsen and colleagues published in Scientia Horticulturae, on the development and validation of cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) as a coating to reduce the cracking of cherry fruits after rain. READ MORE.

New TAPPI Nanotechnology Division EHS Web Page Developed by Vireo Advisors, LLC. We are very pleased to announce a new collaboration with TAPPI Nanotechnology Division to provide informative environmental health and safety resources (EHS) for cellulose nanomaterials (CNs) on a new page of the TAPPI Nano Website. READ MORE.

Japan's Nanocellulose Forum (NCF). Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) Nanocellulose Forum (NCF) is a public/private partnership with over 280 members, including 176 corporate members, and a mandate to accelerate the research and development, commercialization and standardization of nanocellulose. READ MORE.

Sustainable Packaging Set for Huge Growth Over the Next 5 Years. Report Buyer released a report covering the sustainable packaging market in North America, Europe, Asia and ‘Rest of the World Economy’. READ MORE.

Kruger Products Awarded Sixth Annual Vendor Sustainability Award by Walmart Canada. Walmart Canada has awarded Kruger Products with the Sixth Annual Vendor Sustainability Award. READ MORE.

Nanomaterial Safety

Vireo’s New Publication on Cellulose Nanomaterials Safety Data Sheets.The findings of Vireo Advisors’ analysis of data availability for creating Safety Data Sheets (SDS) was published l in TAPPI Journal. READ MORE.

Harper Group from Oregon State University Investigates the Effects of Chemical Modification on the Toxicity of Cellulose Nanomaterials. A publication in the journal Cellulose investigated the effects of physical and chemical characteristics on cellulose nanomaterial toxicity. READ MORE.

 New Reports Highlight the Safety of Nanomaterials in Food and Food Contact Substances. An article published on Nanowerk highlighted two recently released reports from Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) on the safety of nanoparticles in food. READ MORE.

Paper Highlights Experimental Modification and Recommendations for Using an Alternative Testing Strategy for Nanomaterials. A review published in Archives of Toxicology this month evaluated the applicability of OECD Test Guideline 210 (Fish, Early-life Stages) to characterize the ecotoxicity of engineered nanomaterials. READ MORE.

Review Highlights Current State and Path Forward for Characterizing Cellulose Nanomaterial Safety. An opinion piece published in Fibers this month by Camarero-Espinosa and colleagues highlighted the tremendous potential of cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) for a wide range of consumer applications. READ MORE.

Halappanavar Group Publishes Meta-analysis of Studies on Carbon Nanotubes, Carbon Black and Titanium Dioxide to Identify Pulmonary Disease Outcomes for Nanomaterials. The researchers were able to identify the biological processes from exposure to three types of nanomaterials and how it contributes to disease. READ MORE.

OECD has Released Summary Dossiers for Nanomaterials. With the completion of the OECD Sponsorship Programme for the Testing of Manufactured Nanomaterials, dossiers have been compiled on the environmental fate and safety of 11 nanomaterials from testing sponsored by countries around the world. READ MORE.

Meeting Summaries

Entries Now Accepted for the 2016 Bio-based Innovation Awards (America's Edition). According to Bio-Based World News, entries are now accepted for 2016 Bio-Based Innovation Awards-Americas edition. Jo Anne Shatkin is a judge! READ MORE.

Highlights of the Inaugural European Bio-based World Meeting in Amsterdam. The Bio-based World meeting in Amsterdam was attended by delegates from all areas of bio-based materials on May 24th and 25th, 2016.  READ MORE.

Highlights of the 2016 TAPPI International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Materials. This year I wore the 5+ year member ribbon at the TAPPI Nanotechnology Conference. Since my first meeting in 2009 (thank you for inviting me Lori Sheremeta!), the meeting has grown from mostly academic reports and basic nanocellulose science to a diverse range of topics on the technologies,  applications, characterization and safety! READ MORE.

Highlights of the Nanotoxicology 2016 Conference, including summary of a session on commercialization co-Chaired by Christie Sayes and Jo Anne Shatkin. The Nanotoxicology 2016 meeting held in Boston in early June was informative, entertaining, and well worth the time. READ MORE.

PETA Workshop Furthers Work on Developing Alternate Testing Strategies for Studying Effects of Nanomaterials in the Lung. A workshop organized by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Science Consortium Ltd. has led to several publications developing alternate testing strategies (non-animal methods) for studying nanomaterial effects in the lung. READ MORE.