Senate Bill Calls for Increased Nanotechnology Research

September 21, 2010

Newly proposed legislation would require FDA to step up research on nanotechnology. The Nanotechnology Safety Act of 2010 would give FDA $25 million between 2011 through 2015 to assess the health and safety implications of nanotechnology in 'everyday products,' and develop best practices for companies using nanotechnology.

Newly proposed legislation would require FDA to step up research on nanotechnology. The Nanotechnology Safety Act of 2010 would give FDA $25 million between 2011 through 2015 to assess the health and safety implications of nanotechnology in 'everyday products,' and develop best practices for companies using nanotechnology.

The bill was introduced by U.S. Senators Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) in January. Said Sen. Pryor, 'Nanotechnology is one of the most important and enabling technologies being developed right now, and it has hundreds of promising applications"As these products are developed and used, we must understand any potential risks to human health, safety, or the environment. My legislation will help ensure public safety"and it will support companies that employ nanotechnology materials.'