The goal of this project is to maintain the website of "Taiwan nanotechnology EHS database"(http://ehs.epa.gov.tw/) and provide data and information by integrating the international and domestic research achievements on nano-EHS related issues. The number of visitors ranked from May to November is 30,789 (stastistic date: Nov 15, 2017). The website, which demonstrates the achievements of nano-EHS related research projects in Taiwan and promotes the international interaction and collaboration, has received good feedbacks and comments from international community.
Up to now, 214 full articles for research reports (17 articles increased this year) and 970 research papers in abstract (51 papers increased) have been uploaded in the Chinese website. In addition, 193 abstracts for research reports (30 articles increased) and 710 SCI papers (47 papers increased) with the links to the publishers’ websites have been uploaded in the English website, which demonstrates fruitful results in the nanotechnology EHS area in Taiwan. The main sponsor of SCI papers in the database is the Ministry of Science and Technology, while the main research area if these papers is treatment. The analysis of the comparison of database between Taiwan nanotechnology EHS database and ICON can be used a basis to develop nano-EHS related studies in Taiwan.
To understand the research directions in domestic and international nano-EHS issues, recent advances on nano-EHS related issues in eight topical areas were reviewed, including the regulations and policies of nano-EHS, the international division of works of Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials(WPMN), the transmission, transformation and fate of nanomaterials in the environment and its impacts on health and environment, effects of nanomaterials on aquatic organisms and environmental ecology, methods to detect nanomaterials in water and other media, automatic monitoring methods for inhaled nanoparticles and sampling and analysis methods for inhaled nanoparticles. By incorporating with the reviewed literatures, regulations and standards in the past five-year projects, the domestic and international trends of the development of nano-EHS related issues can be followed and understood.
Three issues of e-papers were issued. Members can receive the latest nano-EHS news, nano-EHS knowledge, recent activities and the announcement of the next issue through e-mails, retrieve and read the full texts and track the historical files at the exclusive e-paper zone in the website. The numbers of members and visitors continue to increase this year. 727 people have subscribed e-paper.
To strengthen the risk perception and the communication of nanotechnology, the "2017 Environmental Nanotechnology Forum" was held on Sep 4, 2017 at GIS NTU conference center, Taipei. The experts from the Institute of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health, Environmental Protection Bureau, Department of Health, Industrial Technology Research Institute and universities representing industry, government, academia and research sectors were invited hold the round table forum to discuss the domestic progress on nano-EHS policy, regulations, standards, guidelines and research achievements. The Taiwan EPA's research achievements in the past year were also presented to different domestic stakeholders through paper presentations and discussion. From industry, government, academia and research institutions, there were 164 people registered and 130 people (45 government agencies, 63 industries, 22 academic unit) actually attended the forum for fruitful knowledge dissemination and risk communication on nano-EHS issues.