This document analyses the similarities and differences identified in current and proposed information gathering initiatives for manufactured nanomaterials.
The analysis includes the following information elements that should be considered in an
information gathering initiative: use pattern; physical and chemical properties; life cycle information; fate;
human health toxicity; ecotoxicity; and risk management measures.
The document concludes with a number of considerations and recommendations to countries which are considering launching voluntary or mandatory schemes on manufactured nanomaterials. It includes a table, which compares the types of information included in information gathering schemes launched in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States.
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