Safety of manufactured nanomaterials

Testing Programme of Manufactured Nanomaterials - Sponsors


The Testing Programme has had unprecedented support from member countries, therapeutic and environmental science agencies, research institutions and private industry. Working collaboratively across the globe, sponsors were able to coordinate the investigation of over 180 unique Endpoint studies, building on our understanding of the safety of manufactured nanomaterials.

The Testing Programme has two levels of participation:

  1. Sponsors assume responsibility for conducting or co-ordinating all of the testing determined to be appropriate for each of the Endpoints for a specific nanomaterial. In some cases, “joint lead” arrangements have been developed.

  2. Contributors provide test data, reference or testing materials or other relevant information to the lead and co-Sponsors.

Sponsors together with Contributors prepared “Dossier Development Plans” (DDPs) for the testing of each listed nanomaterial, culminating in a list of the various Endpoints that each material was tested against as well as sample preparation and dosimetry information.

The OECD would like to thank all countries that contributed to the Testing Programme as well as the efforts and contributions of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD plus other stakeholders. The below table represents all Sponsor and Contributor countries involved in the Programme:



The table represents all Sponsor and Contributor countries involved in the programme:

Australia Australia Austria Austria Belgium Belgium ‌‌Canada Canada ‌‌‌China China ‌‌Denmark

‌‌‌European-Union European Commission ‌‌France France ‌‌‌Germany Germany ‌‌‌Japan Japan ‌‌‌South-Korea Korea ‌‌‌Netherlands Netherlands
South-Africa South Africa Spain Spain Switzerland Switzerland United-Kingdom United Kingdom United-States United States ‌‌BIAC logo BIAC
Norden logo Nordic Council‌ of Ministers                    



The OECD would like to thank the following organisations which contributed to and participated in the Testing Programme. The success of the programme could not have been achieved without these organisation’s assistance and collaboration. The Testing Programme is a testament to the impact that global collaboration can have in improving the outcomes of research when working with international partners.




Australia Australia Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
Deakin University
National Measurement Institute
Austria Austria Graz University, Institute of Pharmaceutical Science
Vienna University, Department of Environmental Geosciences
Canada Canada Health Canada, Environmental Health Science and Research Bureau
Health Canada, Healthy Environments & Consumer Safety Branch
HydroQual Laboratories
McGill University, Department of Chemical Engineering
NRC-BRI, Applied Ecotoxicology Group
Trent University, Environmental & Resource Studies Dept.
University of Alberta, Biological Sciences
University of Victoria, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Wilfrid Laurier University, Institute for Water Science
Technical University of Denmark, Department of Environmental Engineering
Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES)
Denmark Denmark

Technical University of Denmark, Department of Environmental Engineering
National Research Centre for the Working Environment (NRCWE)

France France

Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES)

Germany Germany

Federal Environmental Agency (UBA)
Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Ressources
Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Materials and Air Pollutants (BAM)
Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)
Fraunhofer Institite for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME, Germany
Fraunhofer Institute of Toxicology & Experimental Medicine, Inhalation Toxicology & Chemical Risk Assessment
Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
IBE R&D Institute for Lung Health gGmbH, Marl
Institute for Inhalation Biology, Helmholtz Centre Munich
Institute of Energy and Environmental Technology (IUTA e.V.)., Air Quality & Sustainable Nanotechnology
Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety
RWTH Aachen, Institute of Ecochemistry,Ecology, and Ecotoxicology
Technical University Dresden, Institute of Process Engineering and Environmental Technology
University Frankfurt Main, Institute for Ecology, Evolution and Diversity
University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden
University of Bremen
University of Münster, Gastroenterological Molecular Cell Biology (GMZ)

Japan Japan Japan Bioassay Research Center
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
Ministry of Health,Labour and Welfare (MHLW)
Ministry of the Environment (MOE)
National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES)
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
National Institute of Health Science (NIHS)
University of Occupational and Environmental Health
South-Korea Korea Dongduk Women's University, College of Pharmacy
Hanyang University, Laboratory of Nanoscale Characterisation & Environmental Chemistry
Hoseo University
Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science, Division of Industrial Metrology
Korea University, School of Life Science & Biotechnology
Kyung Hee University, Department of Applied Chemistry
Ministry of Environment
National Institute of Environmental Research of Korea
Seoul National University, School of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Netherlands Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment
TNO Triskelion
South-Africa South Africa National Centre for Occupational Health (NIOH)
University of Johannesburg
Spain Spain

Department of Environment, National Institute for Agricultural and Food Research and Technology (INIA)
INIA, Departamento de Medio Ambiente
Instituto Nacional de Investigation y Technologi Agraria y Alimenatria
Universidad de Alcalá, Inorganic Chemistry Department

Switzerland Switzerland Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)
United-Kingdom United Kindgom Imperial College London
National Physical Laboratory, United Kingdom
University of Exeter
United-States United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Ecology Division
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Health and Environmental Effects Research
National Institute of Occupatinalo Safety and Health (NIOSH)
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Nanoparticle Measurements & Standards
North Carolina State University
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USFDA), National Center for Toxicological Research
European-Union European Commission Directorate General Joint Research Centre
  Partner organisations Arkema (France)
BASF (Germany)
Bayer Material Science (Germany)
Business Advisory Committee to OECD (BIAC)
Dendritech, Inc. (USA)
European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC)
Nanocyl (Belugium)
Nanotechnology Industries Association





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