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OECD releases Document containing Nano Activities Updates from its Members

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published the Tour de Table from the 10th meeting of its Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN). It took place in late June 2012. During this meeting 'each delegation [had] the opportunity to describe recent or planned national initiatives and/or events related to the safety of manufactured nanomaterials'. The NIA provided information to the organisation at this meeting.

Details were provided on behalf of 15 OECD countries, including ones from the European Union, US, Canada, Japan and Australia. Furthermore the OECD's Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC), the International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) Technical Committee concerned with nanomaterials (ISO/TC 229) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) also provided responses.

Information disclosed by delegates at the meeting included:

  • 'Any national regulatory development on human health and environmental safety including recommendations or discussions related to adapting existing regulatory systems or the drafting of laws/regulations/guidance materials
  • Developments related to voluntary or stewardship schemes
  • Information on any risk assessment decisions
  • Information on any developments related to good practice documents
  • Information on any developments related to Integrated Testing Strategies and/or Alternative test methods
  • Research programmes or strategies designed to address human health and/or environmental safety aspects of nanomaterials
  • Information on any public/stakeholder consultation
  • Information on research programmes or strategies which focus on life cycle aspects of nanomaterials, as well as positive and negative impacts on environment and health of certain nano-enabled applications
  • Information on any development related to exposure measurement and exposure mitigation
  • ...Consideration on the benefits of nanotechnologies
  • Consideration of ethical implications
  • Information on past, current or future activities on nanotechnologies that are being done in your respective countries in co-operation on bilateral basis with non-OECD countries'

The NIA submitted information to the meeting as it is a member of BIAC.


Follow this link to read the full Tour de Table document from the meeting.

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