24 Apr '12, 7pm

FDA Invites Industry Collaboration on Nanotech Safety in Food and Cosmetics: While "draft guidance documents" ma...

FDA Invites Industry Collaboration on Nanotech Safety in Food and Cosmetics: While "draft guidance documents" ma...

Last Friday the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued draft guidance documents on the use of nanotechnology by food and cosmetics industries. Since then the reports covering this story have characterized it as “FDA opts for stricter role on nanotechnology ” or “FDA proposes new rules for nanotechnology .” While "draft guidance documents" may not garner as much interest as these more confrontational headlines, the guidelines come closer to the FDA's invitation to industry on how together they can look at the issue of nanomaterials in food and cosmetics. And from someone who has been accused of being too dismissive of government attempts at regulation of nanotech, I believe this to be a sensible way to approach the issue. A misconception that has circulated in a number of the stories covering this news is that the guidelines are limited to food packaging. This is not tr...

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