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®: CRE Regulatory Action of the Week

White House Establishes Nano Policy

In order to establish some consistency in federal agencies’ regulation of nanotechnology, on November 8, 2007, the White House’s Office of Science and Technology issued a memorandum entitled “Principles for Nanotechnology Environmental, Health, and Safety Oversight.” The memorandum states that EPA, FDA, OSHA, and NIOSH “should follow the following principles as they develop policies for environmental, health, and safety oversight related to nanotechnology.”

The Memorandum lays out “principles” governing six nano regulatory action categories. The six categories are: purpose; current understanding; information development; risk assessment and risk management; international; and regulatory path forward.

Among other instructions, the Memorandum states that federal agency nano action “should consider established requirements and guidance.” The requirements and guidance include:

  • Executive Order 12866;
  • the Information Quality Act;
  • the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995;
  • OMB’s Circular A-119;
  • OMB’s final Information Quality Bulletin for Peer Review;
  • OMB’s Final Bulletin for Agency Good Guidance Practices; and
  • OMB’s Updated principles for Risk Analysis.
  • Click here to read White House Nano Policy Memorandum