Category : Regulations

CTA Comments on Proposed EPA Oversight Change of Food Packaging; Nanosilver

April 23, 2007 CTA filed these comments jointly with Beyond Pesticides, the Center for Food Safety and Friends of the Earth on EPA’s proposed abdication of its oversight of food packaging treated with a pesticide. Read the complete written statement (pdf).  

Joint Comments on NNI Environmental, Health and Safety Needs and Prioritization

January 31, 2007 CTA jointly filed comments with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), United Steelworkers of America, and Sciencecorps, calling on the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) to urgently prioritize and formulate a comprehensive risk research plan for the environmental, health and safety (EHS) risks of nanotechnology.  The organizations called on the […]

CTA Comments on National Nanotechnology Initiative’s Report on Environmental, Health and Safety Research Needs

January 4, 2007 CTA Staff Attorney George Kimbrell gave comment at an National Nanotechnology Initiative’s “Public Meeting on Research Needs Related to the Environmental, Health, and Safety Aspects of Engineered Nanomaterials,” calling on the relevant committees of the NNI to prioritize EHS research needs and provide a strategic research plan to federal agencies as soon […]

CTA Testimony at first-ever FDA Public Meeting on Nanotechnology

October 10, 2006 At the Food and Drug Administration’s first-ever Public Meeting on Nanotechnology, CTA Staff Attorney George Kimbrell presented an outline of oversight and regulatory actions that the FDA should take to address the wave of nanomaterials in consumer products, particularly sunscreens, cosmetics, and other personal care products. CTA recommended that three areas be given […]

CTA Policy Analyst Jaydee Hanson comments to FDA on regulation of nanotechnology

October 6, 2006 Jaydee Hanson submitted these comments to the FDA docket on nanotechnology regulation. CTA coordinated comments to the FDA docket and succeeded in getting over 15,000 persons to comment on the docket Number 2006N-0107 “FDA-Regulated Products Containing Nanotechnology Materials.”  

CTA and Friends of the Earth Power Point on Challenge to Nanotechnology

May 16, 2006 Friends of the Earth (FOE) and the International Center for Technology Assessment (CTA) hosted a joint press conference on May 16, 2006 challenging the use of nanotechnology in personal care products, particularly sunscreens and cosmetics. FOE and CTA released a comprehensive report identifying and analyzing the nano-products made by some of the […]

CTA Comments at EPA Meeting to Review Nanotechnology White Paper

April 20, 2006 CTA submitted written comments on the White Paper with several other groups in January 2006. These comments supplement and expand that earlier statement.  The EPA panel’s charge includes the question of what issues were not adequately addressed in the White Paper. CTA believes one overarching issue stands out in its absence: While the scientific […]

Jaydee Hanson presentation to the Nano and Bio in Society Conference March 2006

March 28, 2006 In March 2006, CTA Policy Analyst Jaydee Hanson spoke at the Nano and Bio in Society Conference in Chicago and chaired a panel on the ethics of nanotechnology and needed regulations for nanomaterials. The power power of his speech details necessary tests that nanomaterials should be subjected to PRIOR to their commercial […]

CTA and other groups call on EPA to regulate nanotechnology

January 31, 2006 CTA and several other public interest groups filed the following comments in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Nanotechnology White Paper (December 2005).  The agency paper lacks adequate policy recommendations to regulate the unique risks of engineered nanoparticles.  New nano-specific legislation must be enacted to address these human health and environmental risks; […]