The 1st meeting of the Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterial (WPMN) was held 26-27 October in London. An earlier version of this document was originally provided to the meeting as background information in considering a Draft Programme of Work and its implementation. This document compiles information provided by member countries and other delegations on current developments on the safety of manufactured nanomaterials (section I) in their countries or organizations. There are also written reports on current activities related to nanotechnologies/ nanomaterials in other International Organisations such as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) (section II).
This is published to provide delegations and other stakeholders with a “snapshot” of information on activities related to manufactured nanomaterials, as well as other activities on nanotechnologies, at the national and international level.
The information from delegations is organised, when possible, under the headings identified below, while recognising that not all delegations are able to supply information under each heading.
1. Any national regulatory developments on human health and environmental safety including 2. recommendations or discussions related to adapting existing regulatory systems or the drafting of laws/ regulations/ guidance materials;
3. Developments related to voluntary or stewardship schemes;
4. Information on any risk assessment decisions;
Information on any developments related to good practice documents;
Research programmes or strategies designed to address human health and/ or environmental
safety aspects of nanomaterials;
Information on any public/stakeholder consultation.
Additional Information: Delegations may wish to provide any additional related information, e.g., any consideration of the benefits of nanotechnologies and consideration of ethical implications.