Global Engagement on Nano EHS: Role of the OECD in International Governance

Morris, Jeff. (2010) Global Engagement on Nano EHS: Role of the OECD in International Governance. [Video] (Unpublished)

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This presentation discusses how an international venue, originating within the chemicals governance community, by addressing nanotechnology as evolved into a forward-looking forum for addressing the implications of emerging technology. The different approaches of the European Union and the United States in managing chemicals under REACH and TSCA have received considerable attention elsewhere and are not the subject of this paper. Fundamentally, however, there are more similarities than differences, since the governments in both jurisdictions share the goal of providing for the health and safety of their citizens and environments. Recognizing their common interest in addressing any potential risks from nanomaterials so that the environmental and other social benefits from nanotechnology may be maximized, in 2006 the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) established a Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN). National governments, as well as regional governing bodies such as the European Commission, directly apply OECD approaches to their respective activities, such as through the OECD Mutual Acceptance of Data program. They also use OECD activities more indirectly to inform their decisions and actions on the governance of chemicals. The WPMN has proven to be a valuable forum for fostering relationships between nations on nanotechnology and the environment.

Item Type: Video
Additional Information: Emerging Organizations, Oversight, and Public Policy Systems
InterNano Taxonomy: Social and Economic Impacts > Policy and Regulation
Collections: Science Technology and Society's Nanotechnology and Society Workshops
Depositing User: Michelle Sagan Goncalves
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2010 15:08
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2010 15:08

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