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The NanoSafety Consortium for Carbon: an Industry-Driven Approach to EHS Issues

J.C. Monica Jr.
Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP, US

Keywords: carbon, carbon nanotubes, fullerenes, graphene, toxicity, testing, regulation, environmental health and safety


The NanoSafety Consortium for Carbon (NCC) is an industry-driven group formed to proactively address potential environmental, health, safety (EHS), and regulatory concerns related to the commercialization of its members’ nanoscale carbon products. NCC has enlisted top scientists to help achieve its goals in an open and transparent manner and to the highest scientific standards. NCC is developing and implementing a mutually agreeable testing regime for a suite of representative carbon nanomaterials in order to fulfill toxicity testing requirements under the Toxic Substances Control Act. NCC has presented EPA with a draft multi-tiered testing regime consisting of the following components: • Tier One: Comprehensive materials characterization using OECD and ISO criteria. • Tier Two: Comprehensive workplace assessments to be coordinated with NIOSH based on their good nanomanufacturing guidelines and other documents. • Tier Three: Select life cycle analysis for each NCC member accounting for any potential EHS risks and hazards during its manufacturing process. • Tier Four: Creation and implementation of a water release prevention monitoring program. • Tier Five: 90 day in vivo inhalation toxicity testing of purified representative samples of nanoscale carbon materials based on modified OECD and/or EPA OPPT testing guidelines. • Tier Six: Provision of all resulting data and information to EPA. Open publication and dissemination of final test results.
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