International activities

The potential risks of nanomaterials have been on the agenda for international discussions for more than a decade. At the same time, the benefits to society from solutions provided by nanotechnology have been of equal interest to researchers and policy makers.

The global debate around the safety of nanomaterials is taking place in several international forums: the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations (UN), are all contributing to the development of knowledge on these materials.

The main focus is on how nanomaterials can be used and handled safely so that the benefits of nanotechnology can be realised.