09/14/2008 - Scientists are urging U.S. regulators to regularly screen the health and environmental effects of tiny engineered particles used in more than 800 consumer products, and step up oversight of the nanotechnology industry.
The Food and Drug Administration has moved too slowly, putting the public at risk of exposure to novel materials whose effects aren't well understood, critics said last week at an FDA forum in Rockville, Md. The government has yet to adopt an appropriate strategy to evaluate human exposure to nanoparticles less than 100 billionths of a meter in size, they said.
"I don't find that too surprising," said Andrew Maynard, chief scientist for the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies of the Wilson Center and The Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington. "We're still at the very beginning of what some people call the nanotech revolution. Exposure to these materials isn't really that high at the moment."
Read the full article Scientists Call for Nanotechnology Oversight; Ultra-tiny Particles Carry Little-known Risks, Experts Say on Delaware Online's Web site.
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