New DaNa Article 2018
Pesticides are intended to protect plants from pests such as insects, microorganisms or vermin such as nematodes. The use of nanomaterials should have several advantages here. For example, the effectiveness of a pesticide against pests may be increased so that only small amounts of the pesticide are needed. So how exactly are nanomaterials used in pesticides? Are there any products already on the market? What advantages nanopesticides may have? Is there a mandatory authorization for nanopesticides? The recently published DaNa-article "Nanomaterials in plant protection products"...

New DaNa Article 2018
Engineered nanomaterials are intentionally and unintentionally released into the environment, which might pose a risk to the ecosystem. To estimate this potential risk it is therefore necessary to accurately detect quantify the amounts of nanomaterials released into the environment. How can we detect nanomaterials in the environment & in environmental organisms? What are the challenges for environmental samples?The recently published DaNa-article "Detecting nanomaterials in the environment" will answer these and other questions which can be found in our Cross-Cutting...

EFSA guidance nanotechnology 2018
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published its guidance on how to assess the safety of nanoscience and nanotechnology applications. The guidance gives practical suggestions on the types of testing that are needed and the methods that can be applied. Reinhilde Schoonjans, a risk assessment scientist at EFSA, said: “This guidance is very timely because it gives applicants the tools they need to prepare complete nanotechnology applications and equips risk assessors such as EFSA with the appropriate tools to evaluate their safety”.This document, which focuses on the...

ContactPoint Nano Switzerland
A new contact point for start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises and industry has been created to pool scientific and regulatory knowledge and expertise available in Switzerland about nanotechnology. contactpointnano.ch is intended to build bridges between research and innovative application. Switzerland is one of the world's leading countries in nano-research. There are however plenty of questions when trying to apply the existing knowledge into practice and fully exhaust the potential of nanomaterials, be it the characterization of new materials, safe handling thereof or...

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