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Nanosafety at the OECD: The First Five Years 2006-2010

The document is a review of five years of activities of the OECD WORKING PARTY ON MANUFACTURED NANOMATERIALS (WPMN) and highlights processes put in place for monitoring the safety of nanomaterials and fill several knowledge gaps.


The mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems.. OECD’s Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN) launched a Sponsorship Programme in November 2007. The programme involves OECD member countries, as well as some non-member economies and other stakeholders to pool expertise and to fund the safety testing of specific Manufactured Nanomaterials (MNs). In launching this Sponsorship Programme, the WPMN agreed on a priority list of 14 MNs for testing (based on materials which are in, or close to, commerce). They also agreed a list of endpoints for which they should be tested. Much valuable information on the safety of MNs can be derived by testing a representative set for human health and environmental safety.


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About nanopinion

  • nanopinion is an EC-funded project bringing together 17 partners from 11 countries with the aim of monitoring public opinion on what we hope from innovation with nanotechnologies. The project is aimed citizens with a special focus on hard-to-reach target groups, which are people who do not normally encounter and give their opinion nanotechnologies at first hand.
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