The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development OECD Initiatives

Another very important international initiative includes those activities sponsored by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) The OECD is an intergovernmental organization in which representatives from 30 industrialized countries in North America, Europe, Asia, and Pacific regions, and the European Commission coordinate and harmonize polices, discuss issues of shared concern, and work together to address international problems Two OECD groups are especially pertinent to nanotechnology. In 2006, the OECD Council established the Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN) as a subsidiary of the Chemicals Committee The WPMN is working on a series of six specific projects involving nanotechnology:

1 . Database on human health and environmental safety research

2 . EHS research strategies on manufactured nanomaterials

3 . Safety testing of a representative set of manufactured nanomaterials

4 . Manufactured nanomaterials and test guidelines

5 . Cooperation on voluntary schemes and regulatory programs

6 . Cooperation on risk assessments and exposure measures

Additionally, in 2006, the OECD Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy (CSTP) created a Working Party on Nanotechnology (WPN) The WPN is intended to provide advice and comment on emerging policy-relevant issues of science, technology, and innovation related to the responsible development of nanotechnology

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