The OECD Working Party of Manufactured Nanomaterials (OECD WPMN), established in 2006 under the OECD Chemicals Committee, focuses on issues related to nanomaterials impacting human and environmental health and safety; it comprises both governmental delegates from those ministries and agencies, which are responsible for the human and environmental health and policies and regulation, as well as observers from environmental NGOs, unions, animal protection groups, UN groups, representatives of the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO), and industry representatives organised under the Nanotechnology Committee of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC), for which the NIA Director General holds the Vice-Chair.
The OECD WPMN provides a forum, in which its members collaborate to address the human health and environmental safety implications of nanomaterials in a harmonised way; at the heart of this aim is the OECD WPMN Sponsorship Programme for the Testing of Manufactured Nanomaterials, within which the OECD WPMN agreed on a list of (initially) 14, later 13 (review July 2010) ‘commercially relevant’ Representative Manufactured Nanomaterials (RMNs) (i.e. nanomaterials, which are now or soon to enter commerce) to be investigated under the OECD WPMN Sponsorship Programme.
The OECD WPMN furthermore agreed on a priority list of endpoints relevant for human and environmental health and safety, which need to be addressed during Phase 1 of the OECD Sponsorship Programme (i.e. the exploratory testing phase) testing of each of RMNs. Phase 1 of the Sponsorship Programme finished in 2012 and its results are expected to be published in 2013.
Since 2008, NIA has set up and coordinated three NIA flagship Public-Private-Partnerships (PPPs) in support of the OECD WPMN Sponsorship Programme, encompassing a total value of nearly EURO 10 Million, and providing its Members with data for the approval of their product and policy-makers with peer-reviewed results for the discussion on nanomaterial safety testing, many of which are now being implemented:
Reports on characterisation, stability and homogeneity of the RMNs investigated within NIA's PPPs have been published in collaboration with the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) under the series title 'NM-Series of Representative Manufactured Nanomaterials':
Read the NIA press release on the publication of the NM-300 report.
Follow this link to download the full 'NM-Series of Representative Manufactured Nanomaterials: NM-300 Silver - Characterisation, Stability, Homogeneity' from the EU Publication website.
Read the NIA press release on the publication of the nano-ZincOxide report.
Follow this link to download the full 'NM-Series of Representative Manufactured Nanomaterials: Zinc Oxide NM-110, NM-111, NM-112, NM-113 Characterisation and Test Item Preparation' from the EU Publication website.