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Report shows nanomedicine regulation is inadequate

A recent report by Health Care Without Harm Europe suggests that existing regulatory frameworks are insufficient to protect human health and the environment from the use of nanotechnology in healthcare.

Don't leave technology policy to the 'experts'

It is precisely Henry Miller’s attitude of leaving policy and technology development to the ‘experts’ that has left us in the position we find ourselves today. The development of nuclear technology has resulted in the Fukishima disaster and the proliferation of nuclear weapons to countries such as North Korea; the green revolution has poisoned soil and water and destroyed agrarian cultures; and the development and widespread use of fossil fuel technologies is fuelling catastrophic climate change.

Conclusions that nano-ingredients in sunscreen are safe are premature

Recent media reports that “nanoparticles in sunscreen are harmless” on the basis of a recently published study don’t reflect the paper’s own conclusions nor the current state of the science.

Report shows basic research on nanomaterials is lagging behind commercial developments

A recent US National Research Council (NRC) report on research into environmental, health and safety (EHS) matters relating to nanomaterials provides a disturbing picture of nanomaterials flooding markets all over the world, but EHS work languishing years behind with insufficient funding and priority. 

Independent review finds inaccuracy and bias in Government materials on nanotechnology

The Federal Government’s National Enabling Technology Strategy– Public Awareness and Engagement Program (NETS-PACE) ran from February 2010 to June 2013. It was intended to provide ‘balanced’ and ‘factual’ information to “allow the public to make more informed choices about emerging technologies” and “to capture public perspectives, concerns and visions, and inform and influence decision making relevant to science and technology”

An independent review of the program, which was recently made public, shows they did neither. Instead many of the materials reviewed shamelessly promoted the nanotechnology industry; made only brief reference to potential health and environmental risks; and inaccurately reflected the current lack of regulation. The review also observed a disconnect between key policy decisions and public engagement processes.

ACCC refuses to tackle widespread misleading conduct in the sunscreen industry

The ACCC has refused to take action against two sunscreen ingredient manufacturers, Antaria and Ross Cosmetics, for misleading conduct, despite clear evidence that the two companies sold nanomaterials as ‘non nano’ and ‘nanoparticle free’. Some of Australia’s biggest sunscreen brands were misled by Antaria and Ross and repeated their non-nano claims - including products such as Cancer Council Classic, Invisible Zinc Junior and Body sunscreens, Coles Sports and Woolworths Clear Zinc.

US court warns of risks to toddlers of exposure to nano-silver

A United States Court has found that toddlers are at risk from exposure to a nano-silver coating on clothing, carpets and blankets and has thrown out an approval given by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) permitting unrestricted use of the coating.

Putting emerging technologies on steroids – the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement

The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) represents a significant risk to Australia, our environment, our health and our right to have decisions made in the public interest. It is yet another step in the ceding of power to corporate interests by our 'leaders'.

Study suggests nanoparticles cross into the placenta

A team of UK researchers have used an in vitro model to show that nanoparticles may be able to cross into the placenta. The research team, led by Margaret Saunders at St Michael’s Hospital in Bristol, UK, investigated a range of iron oxide and silica nanoparticles and concluded that they could transfer “extensively” across the placental barrier model. The results are consistent with previous animal studies that have shown placental transfer and foetal uptake of gold, radiolabelled carbon, silver, silica, titanium dioxide nanoparticles and quantum dots. 

Water treatment may not remove nanoparticles

A recent US study has concluded that the use of nanoparticles in consumer products is resulting in nanoparticles in drinking water sources and that treatment may not remove them.