The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES) has published a report highlighting key activities it engaged in during 2011. The document, entitled Activity Report 2011, includes brief descriptions of the work the organisation did in the field of nanotechnology.
In the course of 2011, the body took on a coordinator role in at least one nanotechnology-based project, and submitted a proposal to the European Commission for a project involving nanomaterials. It also drew up a new'master plan for IT', which included the creation of 'databases for nanosubstances', and as the coordinator of the French National Research Programme for Environmental and Occupational Health (PNR EST), it financially supported projects addressing 'emerging risks such as nanoparticles'.
The report states that ANSES 'studies the mechanisms of exposure in the workplace and the health risks specific to different professions' - as such it states that there is a need for it to study nanomaterials, as there are numerous occupations in which workers can come into contact with them.
Follow this link to read the full 2011 activity report by ANSES.