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FDA Issues Nanotechnology Guidance

Four new documents from the US Food and Drug Administration provide industry with guidelines on the use of nanotechnology in products regulated by the agency.

By | June 26, 2014

Scanning electron microscope image of carbon nanotube bundlesWIKIMEDIA, MATERIALSCIENTISTThe US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week (June 24) issued three final guidance documents on the use of nanotechnology in products regulated by the agency. The documents broadly outline overarching considerations for the use of nanotechnology in all FDA-regulated products and dive deeper into industry-specific applications, such as the use of such technology in food and cosmetics. FDA also issued a related draft guidance, covering the use of nanomaterials in food for animals.

“Our goal remains to ensure transparent and predictable regulatory pathways, grounded in the best available science, in support of the responsible development of nanotechnology products,” FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said in a statement. “We are taking a prudent scientific approach to assess each product on its own merits and are not making broad, general assumptions about the safety of nanotechnology products.”

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