In an article published on January 21, 2016 the Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) informs about a paper published by the European Commission’s (EC) Joint Research Centre (JRC) reviewing the achievements of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in testing and assessing nanomaterials. The review highlights the testing of eleven nanomaterials for physico-chemical properties, (eco)toxicity, environmental fate, and material safety. According to the paper, “many existing OECD test guidelines are suitable for nanomaterials” and thus, “hazard data collected using such guidelines will fall under OECD’s system of Mutual Acceptance of Data (MAD) which is a legally binding instrument to facilitate the international acceptance of information for the regulatory safety assessment of chemicals.” Further, the review outlines areas where test guidelines or guidance for nanomaterials are still under development.

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NIA (January 21, 2016). “JRC publishes report reviewing achievements of OECD working party on manufactured nanomaterials.

NIA (October 20, 2015). “New nanomatrerial safety document released by OECD.

NIA (September 8, 2015). “OECD releases new publications on nanomaterial risk assessment.


Rasmussen, K. et al. (2016). “Review of achievements of the OECD working party on manufactured nanomaterials’ testing and assessment programme. From exploratory testing to test guidelines.Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology 74:147-160.