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Posted: May 26, 2011

OECD review: Current developments/activities on the safety of manufactured nanomaterials

(Nanowerk News) A newly released OECD document ("Current Developments/Activities on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials"; pdf) provides a snapshot of information on current/planned activities related to the safety of manufactured nanomaterials in OECD member countries and other delegations that attended the 8th meeting of OECD's Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (Paris France, 16-18 March 2011). There are also written reports on current activities from other International Organisations such as the ISO, the FAO and the WHO.
Background
In each meeting of the Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN), the delegations have an opportunity to provide their developments on the safety of manufactured nanomaterials, so called "Tour de Table." An earlier version of this document was originally provided to the 7th meeting held 7-9 July 2010 in Paris, France. This document compiles information provided by member countries and other delegations on current developments on the safety of manufactured nanomaterials (section I) in their countries or organisations. There are also written reports on current activities related to nanotechnologies/ nanomaterials in other International Organisations including the International Organisation for Standardisation, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and the World Health Organisation.
This is intended to provide delegations and other stakeholders with a "snapshot" of information on activities related to manufactured nanomaterials, as well as other activities on nanotechnologies, at the national and international level. This "snapshot" was current at the time of the 8th meeting of the WPMN (March 2011).
The purpose of the Tour de Table is to give each delegation the opportunity to describe recent or planned national initiatives and/or events related to the safety of nanomaterials. This facilitates the implementation of the projects of the WPMN by allowing delegations to share their experiences and preoccupations with respect to safety, and identifies opportunities for future co-operation and co-ordination.
Source: OECD
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