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    Carbon black in tires, quantum dots in LEDs or titanium nitride in PET bottles ...
    Our knowledge base provides information on products and applications of nanomaterials, illuminates health and environmental aspects.

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    News and information around the topic of nanotechnology.

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    Research regarding the impacts of nanoparticles on people and the environment is needed. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research funds projects to fill knowledge gaps and to initiate measures to identify and minimize risk.

  • Nano Basics

    Basic information about nanomaterials for humans and the environment.


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OECD better Polisies fpr better lives

The OECD (Organisation for Economics Cooperation and Development) has recommended its member countries to apply existing international and national chemical regulatory frameworks to manage the risks associated with manufactured nanomaterials. The Recommendation , approved by the OECD council, noted that these frameworks and other management systems may need to be adapted to take into account the specific properties of manufactured nanomaterials.

Another important consequence of this Recommendation relates to the data collection as part of the safety assessment of nanomaterials. Much of this data will be covered by the OECD system for Mutual Acceptance of Data (MAD), applied for chemical assessment. The MAD systems allows sharing of results from a variety of non-clinical safety tests done on chemicals and chemical products, such as industrial chemicals and pesticides - and now nanomaterials within the OECD and other adherent countries. There will be a review of the Recommendation in three years to assess how it has been implemented in OECD countries and those partner countries which have adhered to it.


  • For further information, please visit the OECD website or contact Peter Kearns in the OECD Environment directorate, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • http://www.nanowerk.com/news2/newsid=32492.php
  • http://www.oecd.org/newsroom/oecd-countries-address-the-safety-of-manufactured-nanomaterials.htm

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Information on the sponsorship programmes of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research on nanotechnologies for humans and the environment.


Knowledge Base

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A database with important and generally understandable aspects on health and environment of applied nanomaterials as well as facts on the safety of manufactured nanomaterials.


Nano Basics

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The chapters on release, exposure, uptake and behavior of nanomaterials in the human body and in the environment as well as the risk assessment will give you a first overview.



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