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Posted: January 29, 2008
EPA launches nanotechnology monitoring project; Top government officials to speak at FDLI conference
(Nanowerk News) Federal agencies have begun to focus their attention
on regulating nanotechnology. A Food and Drug
Administration task force recently issued a major report on nanotechnology,
and the Environmental Protection Agency just launched its Nanoscale
Materials Stewardship Program (NMSP) to find out the human health and
environmental risks and benefits of nanoscale chemical products.
Now, for the first time, top officials at the agencies responsible for
the regulation of nanotechnology products --- including the Food and Drug
Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Occupational Safety and
Health Administration and Department of Agriculture --- will meet at a Food
and Drug Law Institute conference to discuss their plans for managing and
monitoring these products.
At FDLI's 1st Annual Conference on Nanotechnology Law, Regulation and
Policy, February 28-29, 2008, at the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel, in Washington,
D.C., food and drug industry representatives also will find out what's
happening internationally on nanotech regulation, how venture capitalists
look at the future of nanotechnology and what the leading corporations,
scientific laboratories and academic centers are focusing on in this
This groundbreaking conference, co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson
International Center for Scholars' Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, in
partnership with Arizona State University and the Burdock Group, will
address the crucial issues surrounding nanotechnology law, regulation and
What first and second generation nanotechnology products already are
on the market, and what is to come?
Is Congress ready to act on nanotechnology if federal regulators do
Do Europe and Asia approach nanotechnology safety and oversight
differently than the United States?
How do consumers see nanoproducts?
When it comes to nanotechnology, should size make a regulatory
Michael Taylor, Research Professor of Health Policy, School of Public
Health and Health Services, The George Washington University, and author of
the most comprehensive report published on nanotechnology regulation at
FDA, Regulating the Products of Nanotechnology, Does FDA Have the Tools It
Needs?, will present the keynote address. Also, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.),
co-chair of the Congressional Nanotechnology Caucus, and invited luncheon
speaker, will discuss future congressional actions in this area.
Top-level FDA officials, including Associate Commissioner for Science
Norris Alderson; Deputy Commissioner for Policy Randall W. Lutter; Deputy
Associate General Counsel Jeffrey Senger; and Director of Food Additive
Safety Laura Tarantino, will appear on a special panel on FDA regulation of
Other featured speakers and moderators include:
Jay M. Ansell, Personal Care Products Council;
Susan D. Brienza, Of Counsel, Patton Boggs LLP;
George Burdock, President, Burdock Group;
Robert W. Carpick; University of Pennsylvania Director, The
Ricardo Carvajal; Counsel, Reed Smith LLP;
Jim Czaban, Partner, WilmerHale;
Lee Farrow, Senior Vice President, ACE Medical Risk;
Piotr Grodzinski, Director, NCI Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer,
Ralph Hall, Professor, University of Minnesota Law School;
Robert A. Hoerr, President & CEO, Nanocopoeia, Inc.;
Michael Holman. Senior Analyst, Lux Research;
Karen Hunter, Program Specialist, U.S. Department of Agriculture,
Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service;
Dietram Scheufele, Professor of Life Sciences Communication, University
Paul A. Schulte. Director, Education and Information Division, National
Institute for Occupational Safety and Health;
Laura Sciarrino, Vice President, Legal, CV Therapeutics, Inc.; and
Jim Willis, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies is an initiative launched by
the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and The Pew Charitable
Trusts in 2005. It is dedicated to helping business, government and the
public anticipate and manage possible health and environmental implications
Burdock Group has more than 20 years of expertise regarding ingredient
safety and regulatory consultation services. Burdock Group's team offers
mission-critical services that include Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS),
New Dietary Ingredient Notifications (NDINs), Consumption Analysis, Claims
substantiation, Toxicology and Risk Assessment, Literature Searches and
Label Reviews. For more information, visit http://www.BurdockGroup.com.
The Center for the Study of Law, Science & Technology at Arizona State
University is the nation's oldest and largest academic center focusing on
the intersection of law with science and technology, and is currently
engaged in a three-year study funded by the DOE on regulation of
In addition, FDLI is providing promotional assistance to the 7th Annual
Nano Applications & Advanced Materials Forum, February 5 - 6, 2008, at the
Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa at Indian Wells, in Palm Springs, CA.
For the latest agenda on this meeting, presented by IBF Conferences, Inc.,
http://www.ibfconferences.com. , Mention Discount Code: S-FDLI t o receive
a discounted rate of $495.
For the FDLI conference, Early Bird Registration has been extended to
February 8. To register for the conference, visit http://www.fdli.org or call
(800) 956-6923 or (202) 371-1420.
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