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Safety of manufactured nanomaterials

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  • Just like any other chemical substance, nanomaterials have to be assessed for their safety using appropriate tools and methodologies. For that reason, the OECD Programme on Manufactured Nanomaterials and the OECD Test Guidelines Programme collaborate to identify and develop standardised methods that can be used to generate relevant and reliable data.

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  • The pathway to Test Guidelines: from science to standards for nanomaterials

    16 September 2020, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM CEST. This webinar is organised jointly by the EU funded Projects: NanoHarmony and NANOMET-OECD. Find out how Test Guidelines (TG) are developed through the OECD, with case studies from the TGs being supported through the projects for expansion into nanomaterials. The webinar will explain how novel methodologies are developed and approved through expert committees, eventually becoming internationally accepted standard methods used by governments, industry and independent laboratories to assess the safety of chemicals.

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  • Report: Science based support for regulation of manufactured nanomaterials

    This report summarises the discussions at the "Science Based Support for Regulation of Manufactured Nanomaterials" conference. The objective of the conference was to discuss the regulatory relevance of new research and initiatives results in the field of nanosafety and to identify the outstanding and future regulatory challenges.

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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.
 

 

Register for an upcoming webinar and watch the video recordings of the past webinar on Nanomaterials

Join us on Thursday 25 February to discuss the scope, content, and use of the Test Guideline No. 318: Dispersion Stability of Nanomaterials in Simulated Environmental Media and its accompanying Guidance Document.


WHEN: ‌ Thursday 25 February at 14:00 CET / 08:00 EST
Duration: 2 hours

Join us to discuss the scope, content, and use of the Test Guideline No. 318: Dispersion Stability of Nanomaterials in Simulated Environmental Media and its accompanying Guidance Document. Further discussions will focus on the scope of the upcoming Test Guideline.

The increased production and wide usage of manufactured nanomaterials suggest a higher probability of finding them in the environment. Therefore, testing the dissolution rate and dispersion stability for toxicity assessment are of paramount importance for adequate hazard assessment.

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The recording is available in Spanish / El video está disponible en español

On Tuesday 26 January 2021, Anne Gourmelon (Environment Directorate, OECD), Elijah J. Petersen (National Institute of Standards and Technology); Alan Kennedy (Engineering Research and Development Center) and Gregory Goss (University of Alberta) presented the scope and use of the guidance document No. 317 on aquatic and sediment ecotoxicity testing of nanomaterials. The guidance addresses practical aspects of carrying out valid tests on nanomaterials, and modifications or additions to OECD Test Guidelines procedures intended to improve the accuracy of test results.

Presentations:

 

Video - The Rise of Nanotechnology

Manufactured nanomaterials are already revolutionising the way we produce (electronic goods, tyres, clothes and medicines) which raises questions regarding potential unintended hazards to humans and the environment and whether nanomaterials need special measures to deal with potential risks.

There is a need for a responsible and co-ordinated approach to ensure that potential safety issues are being addressed at the same time as the technology is developing.

Therefore, the EHS promotes international co-operation in human health and environmental safety aspects of manufactured nanomaterials. Its objective is to assist countries in their efforts to assess the safety implications of nanomaterials.

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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