Wednesday, December 12, 2012

EPA and Consumer Product Safety Commission Collaboration On Nanomaterial Risk Research

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced their collaboration in a research effort to assess any potential impacts of nanomaterials on human health and the environment. Nanomaterials appear in many household products ranging from clothing to building materials.

EPA's collaborative research with CSPC is part of a larger effort that focuses on:

  • Identifying, characterizing and quantifying the origins of nanomaterials
  • Studying biological processes affected by nanomaterials that could influence risk
  • Determining how nanomaterials interact with complex systems in the human body and the environment
  • Involving industry to develop sustainable manufacturing processes
  • Sharing knowledge through innovative online applications that allow for rapid feedback and accelerated research progress

CPSC, in working with other federal agencies, ensures that common public health concerns are met and will use research findings to inform:

  • Protocol development to assess the potential release of nanomaterials from consumer products
  • Credible rules for consumer product testing to evaluate exposure
  • Determination of the potential public health impacts of nanomaterial used in consumer products

This research is a part of the U.S. government efforts to assess the potential risks of nanomaterials. These efforts are coordinated by the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI). NNI is a collaborative project comprised of 25 agencies, including EPA and CPSC.

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