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  • 31-January-2017

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    Publications in the Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials

    The purpose of this Series is to provide up-to-date information on the OECD activities related to human health and environmental safety. Read our latest report on "Strategy for using metal impurities as carbon nanotube tracers".

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  • 7-December-2016

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    Work on the safety of novel foods and feeds and on the harmonisation of regulatory oversight in biotechnology

    This work aims to assist countries evaluating the potential risks of transgenic products, ensure high safety standards, and foster mutual understanding of relevant regulations. Event: OECD side event on risk-safety assessment in modern biotechnology at the Convention on Biological Diversity on Thursday 8 December 2016, in Cancun, Mexico.

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  • 5-December-2016

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    Consensus documents: work on the safety of novel foods and feeds

    These documents contain elements for use during the regulatory assessment of a particular food/feed product such as those derived from transgenic organisms.

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  • 5-December-2016

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    Environmental biosafety

    Most OECD countries and many non-members have a system of regulatory oversight for products of modern biotechnology (genetically-engineered /transgenic organisms) which are intended for release to the environment. The OECD biosafety work programme aims to consider all types of organisms (plants, trees, animals, micro-organisms) and to promote international harmonisation.

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  • 28-October-2016

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    Synthesis paper on per and polyfluorinated chemicals

    This report provides an overview of the current understanding of Perfluorinated Chemicals, particularly long-chain ones, regarding their major historical and current uses, scientific information about their relevance for human health and the environment, alternatives and regulatory approaches.

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  • 18-October-2016

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    Developmental neurotoxicity: OECD/EFSA experts discuss non-animal test methods

    Participants from 15 countries attended the Workshop on Developmental Neurotoxicity: The use of non-animal test methods for regulatory purposes” on 18 October 2016, in Belgium. The event, co-organised by the OECD and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), focused on opportunities and challenges related to alternative methods for testing and assessing the DNT potential of chemicals.

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  • 5-October-2016

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    OECD Environmental Risk Assessment Toolkit: Tools for environmental risk assessment and management

    Access to practical tools on environmental risk assessment and management of chemicals and description of the workflow of environmental risk assessment and management with links to relevant OECD products that can be used in each step of the workflow.

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  • 20-September-2016

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    OECD publishes new and updated Test Guidelines for effects on human health and on environmental species

    The OECD Guidelines for the Testing of Chemicals is a collection of about 150 of the most relevant internationally agreed testing methods used by government, industry and independent laboratories to identify and characterise potential hazards of chemicals. Every year new and updated Test Guidelines are adopted to meet the regulatory needs in OECD member countries. The most recent Test Guidelines were adopted in July 2016.

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  • 15-September-2016

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    Introduction to Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTRs)

    A Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) is a publicly accessible database or inventory of chemicals or pollutants released to air, water and soil and transferred off-site for treatment. Find out more: What hazardous chemical substances and pollutants are being released to the environment or transferred off-site? How much is being released or transferred off-site over time? Where the releases occur? and by whom?

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  • 25-August-2016

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    Climate Impacts in the Sahel and West Africa: Role of Climate Science in Policy Making - West African Papers

    This paper reviews the latest climate projections for West Africa and considers alternative ways in which the knowledge generated from climate science can be understood in the context of preparing for an uncertain future that provides practical help for decision makers.

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