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Home > Nanotechnology Columns > Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. > OECD Provides Snapshot on Current and Planned Activities on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials

Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

Abstract:
On May 26, 2011, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) posted a useful document entitled "Current Developments/Activities on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials." The document provides information on the outcomes and developments of the OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN) related to the safety of manufactured nanomaterials. OECD states that the document "provides a snapshot of information on current/planned activities related to the safety of manufactured nanomaterials in OECD member countries and other delegations that attended the 8th meeting of OECD's Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (Paris France, 16-18 March 2011)." The document also includes written reports on current activities from other international organizations such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and World Health Organization (WHO).

June 3rd, 2011

OECD Provides Snapshot on Current and Planned Activities on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials

On May 26, 2011, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) posted a useful document entitled "Current Developments/Activities on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials." The document provides information on the outcomes and developments of the OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN) related to the safety of manufactured nanomaterials. OECD states that the document "provides a snapshot of information on current/planned activities related to the safety of manufactured nanomaterials in OECD member countries and other delegations that attended the 8th meeting of OECD's Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (Paris France, 16-18 March 2011)." The document also includes written reports on current activities from other international organizations such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and World Health Organization (WHO).

OECD established the WPMN in September 2006 to concentrate on human health and environmental safety implications of manufactured nanomaterials. The WPMN was established based on the recommendation of OECD's Chemicals Committee, which had held a workshop to evaluate member countries' regulatory challenges regarding the safety of nanomaterials. The WPMN intends to ensure that the approach to hazard, exposure, and risk assessment is of a high, science-based, and internationally harmonized standard. WPMN projects include:

- OECD database on manufactured nanomaterials to inform and analyze environment, health, and safety (EHS) research activities;

- Safety testing of a representative set of manufactured nanomaterials;

- Manufactured nanomaterials and test guidelines;

- Cooperation on voluntary schemes and regulatory programs;

- Cooperation on risk assessment;

- The role of alternative methods in nanotoxicology;

- Exposure measurement and exposure mitigation; and

- Environmentally sustainable use of manufactured nanomaterials.

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