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Posted: August 15, 2008

Nanotechnology industry groups release statement on EPA's nanomaterial program

(Nanowerk News) Statement of The Nanotechnology Panel of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the NanoBusiness Alliance, and the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association’s (SOCMA) Nanotechnology SME Coalition Regarding the Status of EPA’s Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program (NMSP):
The ACC Nanotechnology Panel, the NanoBusiness Alliance, and the SOCMA Nanotechnology SME Coalition recognize and appreciate EPA’s leadership in the Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program (NMSP). This program is designed to facilitate the rapid and efficient collection of information and data on nanoscale materials and nanotechnology to assess the potential Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) impacts of these materials. We look forward to our continued collaboration with EPA to achieve our shared goal of fostering the safe development and commercialization of nanotechnology.
The initial reporting period for the Basic Program ended on July 28, 2008 and to date, submissions were made by 20 companies covering more than 90 materials. Submissions come from a diversity of companies and consortia, including larger entities, innovative “start-ups” and mid-size firms who are researching, developing, manufacturing and using nanotechnology products. Information submitted to EPA under the Basic Program includes: chemical identity, particle size, other physical and chemical information, and how the companies manage hazards through risk management practices. This information should enable EPA to develop its fact-based understanding of nanoscale materials and to help ensure the appropriate tailoring of risk management practices.
EPA will evaluate data submitted by companies and prepare a status report in the coming months. In the interim, EPA has expressed interest in continuing to accept nanomaterials submissions on a rolling basis.
EPA is also encouraging additional participation in the In-Depth Program. Interested parties participating in the In-Depth Program component will work with EPA and others to develop information that will help inform EPA about potential EHS impacts of nanoscale materials.
This work enhances and supports ongoing significant international efforts such as those underway by the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) through its Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN). Many U.S. companies have also been active contributors to the OECD WPMN. Together the EPA and OECD programs will better inform regulatory bodies around the world of potential EHS impacts and provide access to sound science to allow each country’s regulators an opportunity to ensure a high level of product stewardship for nanoscale materials.
About the American Chemistry Council
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®, common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $664 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is one of the nation’s largest exporters, accounting for ten cents out of every dollar in U.S. exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation’s critical infrastructure. http://www.americanchemistry.com
About the NanoBusiness Alliance
The NanoBusiness Alliance is the business association for the emerging nanotechnology industry. Through its extensive network of leading startups, Fortune 500 companies, research institutions, non-governmental organizations and public-private partnerships, the Alliance shapes nanotechnology policy and helps accelerate the commercialization of nanotechnology innovations. The NanoBusiness Alliance has offices in Chicago, New York, Connecticut and Washington, DC. For more information, visit http://www.nanobusiness.org.
About SOCMA Nanotechnology SME Coalition
SOCMA's Nanotechnology Coalition represents companies of all sizes, including small and mid-sized entrepreneurial companies, engaged in the manufacture, use, or sale of nanoscale products. The Coalition focuses on environmental, safety, and health issues to promote a positive public perception of the nanotech industry, advocate on behalf of the industry to the regulatory agencies, address standards and definitions in nanotechnology, coordinate with other nanotechnology trade associations, advocacy organizations and business groups, and act as an industry voice. As a networking forum for its members, the Coalition facilitates information exchange, dissemination of regulatory and legislative updates, and sharing of best practices for development of nanotechnology stewardship programs. www.socma.com
Source: SOCMA/ACC