Publications & Documents


  • 23-February-2016

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    Publications in the Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials

    This document provides background information on activities related to manufactured nanomaterials, as well as other activities on nanotechnologies at the international level. The information provided in this document captures OECD activities before and after the 15th WPMN meeting (November 2015).

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  • 23-February-2016

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    Farm Management Practices to Foster Green Growth

    This report looks at farm management practices with green growth potential, from farmer-led innovations (such as those directly linked to soil and water, Integrated Pest Management, organic farming) to science-led technologies (such as biotechnology and precision agriculture). Global food demand can only be met in a sustainable way if new forms of agricultural production and innovative technologies can be unlocked to increase the productivity, stability, and resilience of production systems with goals beyond just raising yields, including saving water and energy, reducing risk, improving product quality, protecting the environment and climate change mitigation.

  • 22-February-2016

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    Urgent research needed into risks from nanomaterials in household waste

    Urgent research is needed to assess the possible risks to human health and ecosystems from the ever-increasing amounts of engineered nanomaterials going into household waste and ending up in the environment, according to a new OECD report.

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  • 22-February-2016

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    Nanomaterials in Waste Streams - Current Knowledge on Risks and Impacts

    Nanotechnology is an emerging and promising field for advanced applications in industrial, commercial and medical sectors, and nanomaterials can be found today in sunscreens, deodorants and textiles. Yet these nanomaterials, which are increasing in number, are entering waste streams as part of end-of-life products along with conventional waste, without any real understanding of their environmental impacts or health risks on human beings and living organisms.

    This report provides a literature review on four specific waste treatment processes (recycling, incineration, landfilling and wastewater treatment). While state-of-the-art waste treatment facilities may collect, divert or eliminate nanomaterials from these waste streams, the report concludes that knowledge gaps associated with their final disposal remain, underlining the need for further research in this area.

  • 11-February-2016

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    Physical-Chemical Properties of Nanomaterials: Evaluation of Methods Applied in the OECD-WPMN Testing Programme

    This new document focuses on the evaluation of test methods applied to determine the physico-chemical properties of different types of nanomaterials.

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  • 5-February-2016

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    Consensus Documents for the Work on Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology: Facilitating Harmonisation

    This document constitutes the report of a workshop which was held at the OECD with the purpose of both improving the general understanding of “New Plant Breeding Techniques ” (and products derived through them) and sharing experiences of the environmental risk/safety assessment of these products.

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  • 3-February-2016

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    Main Science and Technology Indicators

    A timely set of indicators that reflect the level and structure of the efforts undertaken by OECD member countries and selected non-member economies in the field of science and technology.

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  • 22-January-2016

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    Approaches on nano grouping/ equivalence/ read-across concepts based on physical-chemical properties (gera-pc) for regulatory regimes

    This document presents information on current approaches to develop or use concepts of grouping, equivalence and read-across based on physical-chemical properties (GERA-PC) of nanomaterials for their human health and ecosystem hazard assessment in regulatory regimes.

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  • 22-January-2016

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    Physical-chemical parameters: measurements and methods relevant for the regulation of nanomaterials

    This document present the report of an expert meeting that aimed to identify the appropriate test methods for physical-chemical parameters for manufactured nanomaterials.

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  • 22-December-2015

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    Consensus Document on Compositional Considerations for New Varieties of Common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris)

    This document supplies basic information useful in risk/safety assessment of food and feed using new varieties of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris): background on this major legume which is grown and consumed worldwide, compositional considerations, key constituents (nutrients, anti-nutrients, and others). Constituents to be analysed are suggested. This publication is issued in the Novel Food and Feed Safety Series.

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