The Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD WPMN) has released a new publication of its series on the safety of manufactured nanomaterials.

The eightieth publication in this series, entitled Alternative testing strategies in risk assessment of manufactured nanomaterials: current state of knowledge and research needs to advance their use ENV/JM/MONO(2016)63, tackles the issue of ‘alternative testing strategies, or strategies that reduce or replace the use of animal testing’ in the specific case of nanomaterial risk assessment.

The OECD publication reports on the progress of the WPMN project on alternative testing, which has produced the following outputs:

  • a state of the science report Alternative Testing Strategies for Nanomaterials: State of the Science for alternative Testing Strategies in Risk Analysis (Shatkin and Ong, 2016) (link is external)
  • a case study on methods for alternative testing strategies for nano TiO2
  • a workshop with the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) on Advancing risk analysis for nanomaterials: a workshop to explore how a multiple models approach can advance risk analysis of nanoscale materials

These activities have highlighted ‘the utility of alternative testing strategies for screening level decisions’ and produced ‘immediately implementable recommendations on how to improve the progress and growth of alternative testing strategies’. Conclusions also insist that such strategies will support categorisation and read-across for nanomaterials.

Please follow this link to download the full OECD report.