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Assuring the Safety of Nanomaterials in Food Packaging: The Regulatory Process and Key Issues

A joint initiative of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, this report provides "an initial roadmap through the regulatory process and insights into industry stewardship efforts for a new generation of nano-enabled food packaging applications."

EPA and Nanotechnology: Oversight for the 21st Century

This paper focuses on the need for an oversight system for nanotechnology that will identify any potential adverse health or environmental effects of the technology and prevent them from occurring. It analyzes the steps that must be taken to create such a system, particularly emphasizing the role of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Federal Government Policy Principles on Nanotechnology: Balancing Regulation and Oversight with Commercialization to Realize Full Potential

As the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation considers a reauthorization of the National Nanotechnology Initiative, the Space and Science Subcommittee convened a hearing this month to examine the potential of nanotechnology. With Senator John D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV) chairing the hearing, expert testimony was provided by a panel that included Dr. Chad Mirkin, Director, ...

Nanotechnology and Life Cycle Assessment: A Systems Approach

[Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)] can be used to evaluate how a product or materialfrom the start of production through end-of-lifeaffects ecosystems and human health. LCA is already widely used internationally by scientists, engineers, and product designers in universities and businesses. If applied in the nanotechnology realm, the tool has the potential to guide researchers, policymakers, and ...

Nanotechnology: The Social and Ethical Issues

Recent action in Congress to reauthorize the U.S. federal nanotechnology research program offers the chance to address the social and ethical issues concerning the emerging scientific field, experts say. It is crucial to address social and ethical issues now as we consider both the substantial potential risks of nanotechnology and its possible significant contributions to our well-being and ...

Report to the President and Congress on the Third Assessment of the National Nanotechnology Initiative

In this report, PCAST, serving in its role as the NNAP, assessed the effectiveness of the NNI over the past two years and since its inception. PCASTs observations, conclusions, and recommendations presented here are based on the analysis of its 2010 NNI Working Group, consisting of 3 PCAST members and 12 additional nongovernmental experts in nanotechnology. The Working Groups deliberations were ...