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OECD Chemical Assessments Could Focus on Fracking Substances, Nanomaterials

Summary posted by Meridian on 7/18/2013

Source: Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report (15 Jul 2013)

Author(s): Rick Mitchell

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) could shift its chemical hazard assessment work - which currently assesses as many high-production-volume chemicals as possible – to an approach that addresses problems posed by specific types of substances, such as nanomaterials and chemicals used for hydraulic fracturing to extract shale gas. The OECD Task Force on Hazard Assessment met in late June to discuss ideas for the new approach, and plans to set up a draft outline of program goals and activities for consideration at the next joint meeting in February 2014. While environmental groups have supported the current program, the Cooperative Chemicals Assessment Program, industry and regulatory representatives argue that its functions have largely been taken over by the European Union’s REACH program, while the United States has been moving to a focus on “priority” substances. The new program, said Joop de Knecht, who heads the existing chemicals program at OECD, could provide a platform to discuss the robustness of studies on nanomaterials to form hazard conclusions for regulatory purposes. Overall, de Knecht said, the guidance could provide a range of solutions covering the various regulatory goals of member countries with regard to hazard identification, classification, and potency assessment, with a view toward providing a harmonized framework for documenting and evaluating integrated approaches.

The original article may still be available at http://www.bna.com/daily-environment-report-p4751/

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