The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council have released a draft strategy that aims to assess the environmental, health and safety of nanomaterials, including those used in commercial products. The comment period on draft “National Nanotechnology Initiative 2011 Environmental, Health, and Safety Strategy” (draft NNI EHS strategy) has been extended to January 21, 2011.

Set to update and replace the NNI EHS Strategy of February 2008, the draft NNI EHS strategy “aims to ensure the responsible development of nanotechnology by providing guidance to the [f]ederal agencies that produce the scientific information for risk management, regulatory decision-making, product use, research planning, and public outreach. The core research areas providing this critical information are measurement, human exposure assessment, human health, and the environment, in order to inform risk assessment and management.” See Federal Register, January 13, 2011.