Thesis defense: Simon Beaudoin

The Ne3ls Network is proud to announce the thesis defense of M. Simon Beaudoin, titled «Dispositifs réglementaires et évaluatifs des nanomatériaux au Canada: examen de l’évaluation du risque». The thesis defense will be held on Monday December 14th in Université du Québec à Montréal’s (UQAM) PK-3210 room of the Président-Kennedy Pavillon.


Congratulation to the recipient!

S.NET Conference 2015


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Conference-From nanotechnologies to emerging technologies; towards a global responsibility

The NE3LS network is proud to announce the conference «From nanotechnologies to emerging technologies; towards a global responsibility» organised in partnership with the S.Net network. This conference will be held from october 18th to october 21th at Montreal’s Mont Royal Center.


Here are the main topics of the conference:

-Scientific and social assessment of emerging technologies for a sustainable society

-Responsible research and innovation in a global context

-Emerging technologies in energy, food and agriculture

-Safety research; from occupational health to ecohealth

-The economics, politics and ethics of innovation

-Emerging technologies and the future; imaginaries, visions and practices

-Governance and regulation; international and North-South perspective

-Innovation and the military complex


To submit a proposition, send an abstract to the following adress:

Blood: current challenges and micro/nano solutions

The Observatory for Micro and Nanotechnologies (OMNT) and the Curie Institute are organizing a one-day meeting on «Blood: current challenges and micro-nano solutions», in Paris, the 6th of July 2015

The main objective of this meeting is to gather scientists, clinicians, students along with companies who share the need to better understand this matter which, beyond of an ongoing scientific challenge, deeply impacts on today’s society.

Read more here.

Canada Begins Review of SNAc Orders and Notices for Nanomaterials

On January 28, 2015, Environment Canada announced that, with Health Canada, it has initiated a review of significant new activity (SNAc) orders and notices currently in place under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA).  According to Environment Canada, since publication of the first SNAc in 2001, policies and practices have evolved, particularly with respect to the nature and scope of SNAcs, as well as the wording used to identify “significant new activities.”

Read more here.

Source: Nano and Other Emerging Technologies Blog

NGOs Comment on EC’s Working Conclusions Concerning Transparency Measures for Nanomaterials on the Market

The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) posted on January 13, 2015, a paper entitled “NGO comments on Transparency measures for nanomaterials on the market:  Working conclusions.”  EEB, the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), Friends of the Earth (FOE) Australia, and Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND) state that they disagree with most of the EC’s working conclusions regarding the transparency measures for nanomaterials on the market.

Read more here.

Source: Nano and Other Emerging Technologies Blog

Switzerland Announces Continuation of Action Plan for Synthetic Nanomaterials

The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) announced on December 17, 2014, that the Federal Council decided to continue the action plan for synthetic nanomaterials until 2019.  The objectives of the action plan include:

  • Development of regulatory framework conditions for the responsible handling of synthetic nanomaterials;
  • Creation of scientific and methodical conditions aimed at identifying and preventing potential harmful effects of synthetic nanomaterials on health and the environment;
  • Promotion of the public dialogue about opportunities and risks of nanotechnology; and
  • Better utilization of existing tools for the development and rollout of sustainable nanotechnology applications.

Read more here.

Source: Nano and Other Emerging Technologies Blog

Canada’s New Substances Program Publishes Risk Assessment Summary for Multi-Wall Carbon Nanotubes

Canada announced on January 9, 2015, that the New Substances Program has published six new risk assessment summaries for chemicals and polymers, including a summary for multi-wall carbon nanotubes.  Environment Canada and Health Canada conduct risk assessments on new substances.  These assessments include consideration of information on physical and chemical properties, hazards, uses, and exposure to determine whether a substance is or may become harmful to human health or environment as set out in Section 64 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999), and, if harm is suspected, to introduce any appropriate or required control measures.

Read more here.

Source: Nano and Other Emerging Technologies Blog

SCENIHR Publishes Final Opinion on Guidance on the Determination of Potential Health Effects of Nanomaterials Used in Medical Devices

On January 13, 2015, the European Commission (EC) and its Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) published the final opinion “Guidance on the Determination of Potential Health Effects of Nanomaterials Used in Medical Devices.”  According to the EC, the Guidance provides information on how to evaluate the risk when a nanomaterial is used in a medical device.

Read more here.

Source: Nano and Other Emerging Technologies Blog

EU-Safe use of nanomaterials – Commission publishes guidance for employers and workers

This  Guidance  document offers an overview of  the issues surrounding the safe use of MNMs in the workplace, sets out the broad outlines of preventive action and provides a practical tool for complying with specific aspects of ensuring workers’ safety, such as risk assessment and risk management.

Read more here.

Source: Europen Agency for Safety and Health at Work