Safety of manufactured nanomaterials

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Since the establishment of OECD's programme on the safety of manufactured nanomaterials, countries and participating organisations have provided updates of current activities, at the national and international level.
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Launched in 2007, by the Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN), this programme is being undertaken by OECD member countries and other stakeholders to ensure the safety testing of a number of nanomaterials.
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The use of new nanomaterials in tyre production could help foster the sustainability of the tyre industry and reduce the environmental impact of vehicles, if the potential environmental, health and safety risks of the technology are managed carefully.
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Nanosafety at the OECD: The first six years

Short brochure on nano

This communication outlines the achievements made so far by OECD in addressing the human health and environmental safety implications of manufactured nanomaterials.

As nanomaterials started to be used in commercial applications, OECD launched a programme of work in 2006 to ensure that the approaches for hazard, exposure and risk assessment for manufactured nanomaterials are of a high quality, science-based and internationally harmonised.

Based on this, the OECD and its member countries have come to the conclusion that the approaches for the testing and assessment of traditional chemicals are in general appropriate for assessing the safety of nanomaterials, but may have to be adapted to the specificities of nanomaterials. As with other chemicals, it is clear that each nanomaterial may pose specific challenges, but in most instances, they can be addressed with existing test methods and assessment approaches. In some cases, it might be necessary to adapt methods of sample preparation and dosimetry for safety testing. Similarly, adaptations may be needed for certain Test Guidelines but it will not be necessary to develop completely new approaches for nanomaterials. OECD continues to review all existing methodologies to identify and implement the necessary changes needed for their application to nanomaterials.

front cover of nanosatefy brochure. Link directs to PDF of document.

 

This booklet describes the work that OECD is doing to address the human health and environmental safety implications associated with the use of manufactured nanomaterials. It presents the OECD Nanosafety programmes during the first five years from 2006-2010.

 

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