On 9 June 2015, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN) has made its web platform on the testing programme of manufactured nanomaterials public.
Resulting from the Sponsorship Programme for the Testing of Manufactured Nanomaterials (Testing Programme) that had been launched in November 2007, this unprecedented cooperation between governments, public agencies, research institutes and industries, including the Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA), allowed for more than 780 studies on 11 manufactured nanomaterials.
Over the last 7 years, over 111 unique endpoints have been tested according to the OECD Guidelines for the Testing of Chemicals (Test Guidelines).
The results from the Testing Programme have now released in the format of downloadable International Uniform Chemical Information Database (IUCLID) dossiers. The OECD insists that the ‘dossiers were chosen to show the efficacy and accuracy of standard test guidelines ‘ and not for any kind of risk assessment.
This global collaboration on safety testing allowed for a full-scale evaluation of the existing testing guidelines. ‘The standard Test Guidelines used for normal chemical substances are in most part suitable for use on nanomaterials’ concluded the OECD.
Next step to this process is the further adaptation of Test Guidelines to fully accommodate the intrinsic properties of nanomaterials.
Follow this link to access the web portal on the Testing Programme of Manufactured Nanomaterials and this link to read the OECD press release.