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Safety of manufactured nanomaterials

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As nanomaterials started to be used in commercial applications, OECD identified the need to analyse the potential safety concerns caused by manufactured nanomaterials. EHS 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.

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On 2 December 2021, the OECD held a webinar on how to assess exposure to nanomaterials: the evaluation result of exisiting tools/models. The webinar video recording is also available in Spanish.

With the dramatic increase of nano-enabled products entering the market every year, human and environmental exposures are inevitable, which raises concerns in terms of the health and safety of such emerging nanomaterials. Scientific knowledge to assess the exposure to nanomaterials continues to improve. As an example, new exposure tools and models for nanomaterials are being developed.

To further promote the development in this area, the OECD compiled an inventory of available models and tools for assessing occupational, consumer and environmental exposure to Nanomaterials. 54 tools and models were initially compiled and following in-depth analyses, 10 occupational, 7 consumer and 6 environmental tools/models were recommended or evaluated as suitable for assessing exposure to nanomaterials. The detailed information on the analyses and evaluations are provided in the reports accessible from the Series on Nanomaterials website (No. 98, 99, 100 and 101).

 Speakers and presentations:

  • Occupational project: Carla Ribalta Carrasco, PhD (Danish National Research Center for Working Environment) | Presentation
  • Consumer project: Mohammad Zein Aghaji, PhD (Health Canada) | Presentation
  • Environmental project: Marc LaPointe, Mathieu Dextraze (Environment and Climate Change Canada) | Presentation

 

Publications

Nanotechnology and Tyres: Elements for a Risk Assessment Framework

The best practices outlined in the Risk Assessment Framework (RAF) aim to provide a method for evaluating the potential human health and environmental concerns associated with the entire life cycle of nanomaterials used in tyres, focusing on the tyre manufacturing process.

 

Nanotechnology and Tyres: Greening Industry and Transport

New nanomaterials offer promising avenues for future innovation, which can contribute towards the sustainability and resource efficiency of the tyre industry. Yet uncertainty over environmental health and safety (EHS) risks appears to be a main and continuous concern for the development of new nanomaterials.

Brochures

Six Years of OECD Work on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials

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

 

Nanosafety at the OECD : the first five years 2006-2010

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.

 

With the financial assistance of the European Union

EU FLAGThe OECD project on Nanomaterials has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The views expressed herein can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Union.

 

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