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New studies show environmental and health risks of nanomaterials

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in Featured | Comments Off on New studies show environmental and health risks of nanomaterials

New studies show environmental and health risks of nanomaterials

While the rate of commercialisation of products containing nanomaterials accelerates rapidly, the environmental, health and safety studies that should have been done before commercial release occurs are only slowly appearing. Two recent studies demonstrate how little we know about the potential risks associated with nanomaterials and how poorly our regulators are managing those risks. A recent US study looked at the extent of exposure and inhalation of airborne nanoparticles in indoor environments. The study found that approximately 10% of...

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Time for a ban on certain sorts of genetic engineering?

Posted by on Apr 16, 2015 in Featured | Comments Off on Time for a ban on certain sorts of genetic engineering?

Time for a ban on certain sorts of genetic engineering?

Scientists recently captured mainstream media attention with calls for a ban on human germline editing  – the genetic engineering of human DNA passed on from one generation to the next. The scientists are deeply concerned about the ethical and safety implications of research involving the genetic engineering of human embryos. They argue that such research could result in unexpected effects in future generations making them “dangerous and ethically unacceptable”. They also raise concerns that it could result in a slide towards eugenics...

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US regulator proposes nano reporting requirements whilst Australian regulators remain asleep

Posted by on Apr 16, 2015 in Featured | Comments Off on US regulator proposes nano reporting requirements whilst Australian regulators remain asleep

US regulator proposes nano reporting requirements whilst Australian regulators  remain asleep

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed reporting requirements on companies manufacturing and importing nanoscale chemicals to gather vital information on the volumes produced, exposure levels, and any environmental health and safety risks. Meanwhile, in Australia, plans to regulate nano forms of existing chemicals seem to have been abandoned. This proposed data gathering exercise is an acknowledgement by the US Government that regulators don’t know enough about which nanomaterials are being used, their health and safety...

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Legal action prompts US regulator to regulate nano-silver while Australian regulators fail to take action

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Featured | Comments Off on Legal action prompts US regulator to regulate nano-silver while Australian regulators fail to take action

Legal action prompts US regulator to regulate nano-silver while Australian regulators fail to take action

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has agreed to regulate nano-silver in consumer products as a result of a lawsuit filed by Center for Food Safety (CFS) in December last year. Meanwhile in Australia nano-silver products remain unregulated. It is good news that nano-silver products will now require EPA review and approval before they are allowed to be sold in the US. This is an important first step towards ensuring consumer safety. We believe Australians deserve the same protection. Nano-silver is the most widely used nanomaterial...

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European Commission appears determined to scupper nano-register

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Featured | Comments Off on European Commission appears determined to scupper nano-register

European Commission appears determined to scupper nano-register

In 2009 the European Parliament called on the European Commission to create a nano-register by 2011 to enable regulators to conduct basic risk assessments and provide meaningful information to protect the health of workers and consumers. Six years on, the European Commission seems determined to do nothing at all – arguing that an EU register for all nanomaterials would be difficult to achieve and place an undue burden on industry. The European Parliament is the elected body of the European Union. The European Commission (EC) is the...

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