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WHO (2013) Nanotechnology and Human Health: Scientific Evidence and Risk Governance

WHO_200In the 2010 Parma Declaration on Environment and Health, ministers of health and of environment of the 53 Member States of  the WHO Regional Office for Europe listed the health implications of nanotechnology and nanoparticles among the key environment and health challenges.

The  WHO  Regional  Office  for  Europe  undertook  a  critical  assessment  of  the  current  state  of  knowledge  and  the  key evidence on the possible health implications of nanomaterials, with a view to identify options for risk assessment and policy formulation, and convened an expert meeting to address the issue, held in Bonn, Germany on the 10th – 11th December 2012.

A report of the expert meeting indicates that current evidence is not conclusive.  As complexity and uncertainty are large, risk assessment is challenging, and formulation of evidence-based policies and regulations elusive. Innovative models and frameworks for risk assessment and risk governance are being developed and applied to organize the available evidence on biological and health effects of nanomaterials in ways to inform policy.