Posted: December 14, 2009

Analysis of information gathering initiatives on manufactured nanomaterials

(Nanowerk News) In its series on the safety of manufactured nanomaterials, the OECD has published Analysis of Information Gathering Initiatives on Manufactured Nanomaterials (pdf download, 337 KB).
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.
Source: OECD