The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) has published the 42nd item in its Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials, entitled Report of the Questionnaire on Regulatory Regimes for Manufactured Nanomaterials 2010-2011. The questionnaire was administered by the OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN), and ‘contained four sections related to the oversight of nanomaterials in various OECD jurisdictions’: regulatory updates; definition and/or legal approaches for nanomaterials by jurisdiction; regulatory challenges; and opportunities for collaboration.
Nine jurisdictions responded: Australia; Canada; Denmark; the European Union (EU); France; Germany; Italy; the Netherlands; and the United States. Legislation that they brought up in the questionnaire included: chemical substances and/or products including industrial chemicals; therapeutics; food and drugs; biocides; occupational health and safety; consumer products; packaging and labelling.
The report notes that ‘the international regulatory landscape has significantly changed since the original questionnaire in 2008’ and by the time this questionnaire was administered in 2012, with the ‘majority of jurisdictions actively using existing frameworks to regulate nanomaterials’. It concludes that, ‘as can be seen from the responses in 2008 and now [in 2012], the regulatory world of nanomaterials is now better informed and more focused with the increasing availability of scientific information on the safety implications of manufactured nanomaterials’.
Follow this link to read the full report, and this to access the OECD Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials.