New OECD test guidelines: Ecotoxicology and environmental fate of manufactured nanomaterials

(Nanowerk News) As part of its Programme on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials, and in particular work on the testing and assessment of manufactured nanomaterials, OECD initiated a series of expert meetings to improve the applicability of the OECD Test Guidelines to nanomaterials. With this in mind, the Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials agreed to address the ecotoxicology and environmental fate of manufactured nanomaterials.
The OECD Expert Meeting on Ecotoxicology and Environmental Fate took place on 29th-31st January 2013 in Berlin, Federal Press Office. The event was hosted by the German delegation and funded by the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) as well as the United States Environment Protection Agency (US EPA).
This document ("Ecotoxicology and Environmental Fate of Manufactured Nanomaterials: Test Guidelines"; pdf) presents a detailed report of the discussion and recommendations derived from the discussion. An accompanying document includes the presentations given at the workshop.
A short meeting report was also published in Science of the Total Environment ("The OECD expert meeting on ecotoxicology and environmental fate — Towards the development of improved OECD guidelines for the testing of nanomaterials").
This document is published under the responsibility of the Joint Meeting of the Chemicals Committee and Working Party on Chemicals, pesticides and Biotechnology of the OECD.
Source: OECD
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