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OECD report

On Nov 7th, 2017, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published a report entitled “Consumer and Environmental Exposure to Manufactured Nanomaterials — Information used to characterize exposures: Analysis of a Survey”. The report provides a “light analysis” of the results of a Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN) survey on consumer and environmental exposures to manufactured nanomaterials.


The survey, initiated in 2015, was designed to collect information used to characterise consumer and environmental exposures for human and ecological risk assessment. The survey collected data on the importance and availability of information and data in six broad categories: (1) material characterisation; (2) production, use, and market; (3) releases to the environment (direct, indirect, and via consumer use); (4) environmental fate and transport; (5) exposure assessment (direct and indirect); and (6) exposure control and mitigation.

The report presents an analysis of the survey data within each of these categories and highlights the importance of multiple types of information, ranging from material characterization to environmental release and exposure analysis. The report also contains a more detailed analysis of the issues in each of the six categories, with respect to perceived importance, data availability, and framework.

According to the report, recommended next steps include obtaining feedback on the direction proposed for future OECD projects and identifying specific projects that can be undertaken by WPMN. Follow up on selected survey responses is also recommended to determine the feasibility and applicability of data for future activities.



Link to the original document:

OECD WPMN (07.11.17). Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials No. 84, CONSUMER AND ENVIRONMENTAL EXPOSURE TO MANUFACTURED NANOMATERIALS - Information used to characterize exposures: Analysis of a Survey. ENV/JM/MONO(2017)32 (PDF, 2.6 MB)



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