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May 30, 2019

OECD Publishes New Reports in Series on Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials, Including Tour de Table

Lynn L. Bergeson Carla N. Hutton

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has posted the following reports in its Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials:

  • Developments in Delegations on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials — Tour de Table: The Tour de Table compiles information provided by delegations on the occasion of the 19th meeting of the OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN) in February 2019.  It aims to summarize relevant information on activities related to manufactured nanomaterials, as well as other activities on nanotechnologies at the international level.  We will provide more detail in a forthcoming blog item on the regulatory developments reported by the delegations;
  • Physical-Chemical Decision Framework to Inform Decisions for Risk Assessment of Manufactured Nanomaterials: This document provides guidance on which test methods are appropriate to measure a given physico-chemical parameter considered key to characterization and identification for a given type of nanomaterial; and
  • Guiding Principles for Measurements and Reporting for Nanomaterials: Physical Chemical Parameters:  OECD intends this to aid in improving the conduction of the studies, in addition to promoting consistent data reporting (including reporting details on sample preparation and measurement protocols) to maximize utility and comparability of the data.  It provides a transparent approach that:  (1) aids communication of key purposes for data generation; (2) facilitates the identification of suitable methods; (3) pinpoints method limitations; and (4) highlights good reporting practices that address purposes related to the assessment of nanomaterials.

The purpose of the OECD Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials is to provide up-to-date information on the OECD activities related to human health and environmental safety.