IOMC and SAICM Emerging Policy Issues

Nanotechnologies and manufactured nanomaterials

As stated in resolution II/4, Part E, this project aims to:

  • facilitate access to relevant information on nanotechnologies and manufactured nanomaterials, in particular for developing countries and countries with economies in transition in order to enhance their capacity to use and manage nanotechnologies responsibly, to maximize potential benefits and to minimize potential risks;

  • share new information among all stakeholders as it becomes available;

  • promote appropriate action to safeguard human health and the environment; and

  • use upcoming regional, subregional, national and other meetings to further increase understanding of such information, for example through the use of workshops.

ICCM2 invited relevant IOMC organizations, including the OECD, and the International Organization for Standardization, to engage in dialogue with stakeholders with a view to gaining further understanding of nanotechnologies and manufactured nanomaterials.

OECD and UNITAR agreed to respond to the ICCM2 invitation and are working together to provide assistance to non-OECD countries to enhance their capacity for dealing with safety issues presented by nanomaterials. A series of workshops will be held in association with SAICM regional meetings in 2010 to inform developing countries and those with economies in transition about the potential applications and risks of these new technologies and materials. The two organisations are also considering other awareness raising activities, such as capacity assessment and action plan development.